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

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by carnivalnorth, 10.01.14.

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  1. carnivalnorth

    carnivalnorth 2+ Year Member

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
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    phunky 2+ Year Member

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    Mr Roboto 2+ Year Member

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    Neither. Tell them about the updates at your interview.
     
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    carnivalnorth 2+ Year Member

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    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

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    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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    theseeker4 PGY 1 5+ Year Member

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    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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    baxt1412 Liftus Maximus 2+ Year Member

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    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.
     
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  9. carnivalnorth

    carnivalnorth 2+ Year Member

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    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.
     
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