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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SnudgeMuffin, Dec 19, 2001.

  1. SnudgeMuffin

    SnudgeMuffin Senior Member
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    I think we talked about sucessful stories of people with less than mediocre stats getting into medical schools ALOT. Likewise, we heard something like, "Oh, I heard that this guy with 3.7+ GPA and 34+ MCAT didn't get into anywhere." Why do you think that is??? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     
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  3. Coalboy

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    Because he/she was a complete social incomp?
    The interviews are there to weed these people out.
     
  4. AmateurChef

    AmateurChef Health policy consultant
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    Interviews, usually. I know of a 3.8/43 who didn't take his interviews very seriously -- or so I heard -- and didn't get in anywhere during his first year applying. The second year, though, was an entirely different story...
     
  5. Medical123

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    Sometimes, I don't know what these schools are thinking. I work with a woman whose son was "Man of the Year" at his university and was rejected by that university's medical school, despite his 4.0 GPA and "good" (I don't know the score) MCAT! He got in elsewhere and is extremely happy!Since the schools look at the "whole picture", I think a lot of it may have to do with extracurricular activities, previous health care experience,and letters of recommendation.
     
  6. Mystique

    Mystique The Procrastinator
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    I have two friends who had great stats and were waitlisted/rejected. I KNOW for a fact that they have great extracurriculars and are very people-oriented. So, it's not as if they were social rejects. Sometimes, it's just beyond my comprehension why they reject the most promising candidates.

    What I'm about to write is all in jest, so no one get mad at me...but, I think the adcoms blindfold themselves and throw darts at candidates names. It really makes a lot of sense to me. I know a bunch of insincere a**holes who've gotten in the past few years. I could go on and on....back to the nice/naughty list.
     
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    My philosophy has become this: every med school is looking for something different. There are so many variables, and no one I've met has every single one covered. These variables include:

    overall GPA
    science GPA
    MCAT
    undergrad institution
    AMCAS essay
    secondaries
    leadership experience
    research experience/publication
    letters of rec
    clinical experience
    maturity

    There are a lot more things to consider than just stats. Especially with the top 20 type schools, they're splitting hairs. Maybe someone has only 1 published article and everything else is GREAT. Maybe that school had a 2+ article threshhold for interviews. They can afford to be picky, so they exclude that person.

    The moral of the story: IT'S A CRAP SHOOT. That's why many of us apply to 25+ schools.
     
  8. SMW

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    I think that they just don't have enough spots for all the qualified applicants they get, same as the highly competitive undergrad programs. Inevitably some worthy candidates are going to be passed over. So I think rejections shouldn't be taken so personally. Imagine if you had 10 different suitors clamoring to marry you, all of them perfectly acceptable and with very different personalities, accomplishments and backgrounds. You'd have to choose somehow, and the 9 rejected would never understand your reasoning!! :D
     
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  10. Ohiobuddhist

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    Don't assume that just because it's medical school that there's a science to this whole admissions process. :p
     
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    While it would seem true from a statistical point of view that the number of applicants decreasing would increase everyone else's odds, I think that in the end it won't make a difference. All the people who aren't applying probably weren't that gung-ho in the first place, so now the pool is probably filled with ONLY the gunners and cutthroat types... :eek:
     
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    I have a theory too. Maybe the interviewers just simply didn't like the way the applicant looked.

    "I don't like his/her face... Let's reject the sucker."

    Hehe
     
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    You said the application pool decreased by 6000? What was the total pool last year?

    Just curious; someone told me the pool decreased this year to the extent that 50% of all applicants will get accepted.

    Mil gracias.
     
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