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Reapplicant with new information about previously reported IAs

Discussion in 'Re-Applicants [ MD / DO ]' started by Wallace723, May 21, 2014.

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  1. Wallace723

    Wallace723 2+ Year Member

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    I applied last cycle and reported institutional actions without contacting my school and this spring, I emailed the registrar and dean of students to confirm these IAs and was told they have nothing on my file academically or institutionally. The IAs I reported last year were minimal and included parking tickets, warnings with no action taken regarding the campus alcohol policy (after I was 21 years of age), and suspension of internet on my personal laptop due to downloading. Should I report these same "IAs" and then include a qualifier stating the school told me these were not even on my record or should I completely omit them from my application this cycle?
     
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  3. LongTimeLurk

    LongTimeLurk first time post

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    I would not mention it if not in your record - no reason to bring up minor transgressions that have no bearing on your future. Maybe confirm with an updated transcript from the school? Though dean's word is probaby true.

    Never heard of this situation before - somebody else may have better answer though.
     
  4. Plecopotamus

    Plecopotamus 2+ Year Member

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    I am under the impression that schools sometimes compare re-applicant files to prior years before offering an interview or before offering an acceptance. I would get an opinion from an adcom, but my inclination would be to report "no" IAs but then in the "other important information not found elsewhere" section on your secondaries explain that you applied previously having declared IAs incorrectly for minor issues like school parking tickets that you mistakenly thought would be reported by your institution as IAs . . . I'm not sure if you have to put a blurb about your judgment in not confirming IAs before reporting them (parking tickets as an IA!?) or what you learned from these non-IA infractions that you've incidentally disclosed.
     
  5. LongTimeLurk

    LongTimeLurk first time post

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    I like this answer better than mine.
     
  6. Wallace723

    Wallace723 2+ Year Member

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    I contacted an adcom and was told to answer "no" to having any IAs and then obtain an extra letter from the dean of students explaining my situation. This letter from the dean will be submitted as a Letter of Rec.
     
  7. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    When IA's disappear from subsequent applications, an investigation by AMCAS is initiated. Before you edit out previously reported IA's I recommend that you contact AMCAS.
     
  8. Wallace723

    Wallace723 2+ Year Member

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    I contacted AMCAS as well and was told to not report them and then explain the issue via the letter from the dean.
     
  9. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Excellent.
     
  10. Wallace723

    Wallace723 2+ Year Member

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    Here is an update as to what happened after I submitted my primary.

    When the cycle began after I submitted my primary, an investigation was initiated as there was an obvious discrepancy between my 2014 application and my 2015 application. An AMCAS investigations specialist contacted me only a day after I submitted my primary about this. I explained the situation to him via email, and I told him that I had obtained an extra "letter of recommendation" from the dean of my alma mater corroborating my story. The AMCAS investigations specialist asked me to have that letter forwarded to him as well. A couple of days later, the investigation was discontinued, and I was home free at that point. Also, keep in mind that I only sent the letter from the dean to schools I applied to a second time. Any of the schools I applied to for the first time never knew about my falsely reported IAs, so I decided against sending them that letter.

    I'm very happy I decided to not report those false IAs. Even though I had to deal with the investigation and have an extra letter of recommendation, I had a much more successful application cycle where I was interviewed at 8 schools. I was accepted to 4 schools, waitlisted at 3 schools, and rejected post-interview at one school. I will officially be attending medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin this upcoming August! If anyone has any other questions about an IA situation similar to mine, I'd be happy to help.
     
  11. medlax

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    I have
     
  12. medlax

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    I have an IA for underage drinking freshman year which has been expunged. I reported this last year in my app. I am now 24 and reapplying. I also have a IA from senior year (21 at that time) where marijuana grinders were found in the house I was living in. Everyone in the house received an IA. I was not smoking etc. I since got a letter from t he dean. Do you think this will negatively effect my application.
     

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