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Thank you letters

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by kirk002, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. kirk002

    kirk002 ASA Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 1999
    For those who interviewed, did you send thank you letters to those who interviewed you? Do you think it helps? I guess it couldnt hurt.
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  3. PainMan

    PainMan Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2001
    anywhere but here
    I personnally sent emails(yea, lazy, but free and quick). Cant hurt, but doubt it really helps admission.
  4. Wifty

    Wifty Eccentrically Silly Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Jefferson City, MO
    Definately send thank-you letters!

    I don't know if it makes a huge difference in this day and age....people simply don't expect others to follow 'polite society' rules. However, it can only help if you do get in there.....they might remember you as the nice guy that sent a thank you for thier time.

    I am sure that you would appreciate such a thing if situations were reversed AND if you had to choose between 2 candidates that are equal in all ways, except one thanked you for your time and said that he really enjoyed chatting with you....which would you choose all else being equal?

    We sent thank yous before we even left the town....but it was easy because hubby really DID enjoy the interviews and the conversations.
    Maybe it did the trick....hes in. :)

    Just my ha'penny,
  5. BigSkyDreams

    BigSkyDreams Smelly Uncle Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa

    Thank you letters are a definite. Remember that you will be in their shoes in a few years and it is nice to get a pat on the back for your efforts. I got very positive feedback from some very unlikely sources (think: six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon, etc.)
  6. KyGrlDr2B

    KyGrlDr2B 7+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2001
    I just wanted to add my 2 cents: I don't think it hurts, but it can help them to remember you if the committee meeting is a long time from the interview. When I was accepted at one of my schools, one of my interviewers called me to tell me. He even said "Thank you for the nice little note you sent." All I had said was that I had a great time there meeting everyone and that afterwards I drove around town and he was right, Lexington was a great place to live. (He had talked about how he'd lived there most of his life, etc).
  7. jhug

    jhug 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    Valley o' the sun
    Write the thank you's and be sincere- I tried to write something specific relating to my interview-- for example, on guy at DMU talked of how important it is to include my wife in my schooling and really stressed how hard med school is on marriages- i wrote and thanked him for his advice. Another interviewer talked a lot about how sugery works at the school so i wrote and thanked him for that, and expressed my excitement of exploring surgery in the osteopathic profession. It's a kind thing to do.
  8. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    I agree as well.

    I wrote one to each of my interviewers and also the Director of Admissions, who took the time to speak with me as well.

    Each letter had a mention of what we talked about.

    The basic science professor mentioned the open-door policy professors have with students so I wrote about how I was impressed with their concern for their students.

    The physician who interviewed me talked about post-doc opportunities in and around NYC so I mentioned that.

    Good luck.

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