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Should I send update letters pre or post interview to schools that extended IIs?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by carnivalnorth, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. carnivalnorth

    carnivalnorth 2+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2013
    Should I be sending update letters to schools from which I have received interview invitations before the interview so they have a chance to review this new information prior to the interview, or after the interview?

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  3. phunky

    phunky 2+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 2012
  4. Mr Roboto

    Mr Roboto 2+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2013
    A galaxy far, far away...
    Neither. Tell them about the updates at your interview.
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  5. carnivalnorth

    carnivalnorth 2+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2013
    Some schools specifically request that you send updates prior to the interview. Wouldn't it follow that other schools would prefer this as well?
  6. breakintheroof

    breakintheroof MS-Zero 2+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    Update letter policies are school-dependent. You might want to contact schools individually. Opinions about how to maximize the effect of your updates vary--here are a couple of threads that give you a sense of this: 1, 2.
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  7. theseeker4

    theseeker4 PGY 1 Physician 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Suburban Detroit, MI
    Some schools specifically say don't send update letters, while others encourage them, so no, it would not follow that one school's policy reflects what other schools want.
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  8. baxt1412

    baxt1412 5+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2012
    Yep ask the individual schools. But make sure that the updates are worthwhile otherwise you'll be wasting their time and that could reflect badly if, say, you update them on the fact that you got 4 more physician shadowing hours or that you got a new puppy and you've recently taken up jogging as a hobby with your puppy.
    Goro likes this.
  9. carnivalnorth

    carnivalnorth 2+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2013
    So I called all of the schools with which I have interviews. I asked if they would prefer update letters before, during, or after the interview. They all said it didn't matter but if I wanted the interviewer to have the information to send it prior to the interview.
    breakintheroof likes this.

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