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Thank You Notes

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Amitha726, Feb 21, 2001.

  1. I want to send thank you notes to the people that interviewed me yesterday. Should I send them to the Admissions Office with something like "Attn: Your Name" on it, or contact the admissions office to get their addresses? I looked them up in the directory, but no adresses are listed.

    University of Rochester, class of 2001
  2. lilycat

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    Aug 12, 2000
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    I've done both, but personally, I think it works better to send it to the interviewer's personal address because you can be fairly certain they will see it, whereas if it goes to the admissions office first, I have a little less confidence the interviewer will see it.
  3. Linie

    Linie Senior Member
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    Jan 22, 2001
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    When I was interviewing a few years ago, I asked some of the students at the school I'm at now if they wrote thank you notes. They all shrugged and said no. I figured it didn't affect them, so why go through the trouble? And it didn't hurt me at all.

    Recently this all came up again for residency interviews, and what I heard from the internal medicine residency director here is that any note that you send, even if you send it to the person's office, goes straight to your file. So if you write notes to two or three interviewers that say the same thing with a different name, everyone sees them when they pull out your stuff again at the committee meeting. And then you just look silly.

    I didn't write notes for residency interviews. I doubt it will hurt me -- hope not. I did write to the program directors at my top few choices though to let them know I was going to rank them high.

    As an aside, I'm a believer in writing thank you notes for personal things (staying at someone's house, etc). These giant, factory processes like applying for med school aren't personal enough to warrant it. If I were applying in a very small field, like ENT surgery or neurosurgery, I might write thank you notes, because a LARGE program for those specialties takes 4 people.
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