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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by soccerusa, Sep 6, 2014.
Are thank you notes expected, beneficial or just a nuisance?
An expected nuisance.
So, would you say:
Yes, do them anyway.
Still give some sort of thanks, like a brief thank-you email.
Don't do anything at all.
Which approach would be best?
Some schools specifically ask you not to send them.
If they do not specify, a brief email is more than enough.
It is also acceptable not to send anything.
More thoughts from LizzyM and others here:
FWIW - I always appreciated a note when I was working as a manager.
I'm sure some admissions committee members are happy to receive a short 'thank you' note. Others probably don't care either way. It's up to you, but IMHO it doesn't hurt and is simply a nice gesture.
I'd say it's an expected rarely [but potentially] (un)beneficial nuisance.
so how do you get the emails of people that interview you? do you just ask them at the end of the interview?
You can ask for their card or ask the admissions staff (if you must!).
From what I have heard, they are expected.
Even if they weren't, everyone loves to be thanked.
What about in the MMI format? Do you just send a thank you note to the admissions office?
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Send thank yous if you your moral compass compels you to. You aren't going to get an advantage one way or another IMO. I personally don't care if I receive thank yous; typically I read them, write a short response (if by e-mail), and then immediately delete them. It just doesn't matter to me.
Also wondering about this... Do we just send a general thank you to admissions?
Please don't. Their job is to go through emails. It just adds to their burden.
Just be kind and thank them on your way out.
I don't expect them, but I enjoy them and don't find them to be a nuisance. They are not beneficial to your application as your interview evaluation is completed as soon as you leave the room.
Or look them up in the on-line directory for the school.
that's a good idea, thank you!
I interviewed at 4 places last year (no acceptances). I sent thank you notes to 3, and was waitlisted at those 3. the one place I didn't send thank you notes to rejected me. NOW, from my understanding, my interviewer wrote up a report immediately following my interview, so the note wouldn't have hit him in time anyway (plus, to be quite honest, he was kind of a dick... so I didn't REALLY want to thank him anyway). but I don't know, i think there is merit to the thank you notes. shows you're polite and willing to go the extra mile. if i had two applicants with identical stats and both had equally good interviews... and one sends a thank you note and the other doesn't.... im going with the thank you note guy.
We are told you should write thank you notes. I didn't do it and I don't think it hurt me. Even my mother thinks thank you notes to people for just doing their job is a waste of time/resources
I think in the world of emails, folks don't want their email cluttered with thank yous for doing their job. My Dad is a med school faculty member, and he just throws them away when he receiveds them from applicants to grad programs/residencies. He says he writes up his eval usually the same interview day, and usually doesn't even remember who folks are by their name a few days later.
This is an archaic tradition that really serves no value today with modern communications, IMHO. Most folks who interview submit interview reports and the ad coms who make admittance decisions are different members, unless my school is unique.