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UCSF, What is the dillio?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by souljah1, May 2, 2002.

  1. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    Ok, it has been 13 weeks and I have not gotten any sort of correspondence from UCSF since my interview. They explicitly state that they don't want phone calls asking for application status, but I figured that 13 weeks was a bit too long. I called and told them it has been 13 weeks and that I just wanted to make sure that they never sent any mail to me that may not have arrived. They took my name and got back on the line, 'souljah, believe it or not but there hasn't been a decision made yet on your application. no news is not necessarily bad news. we'll be making the rest of the decisions within the next 2 to 3 weeks so you should be hearing from us in May. We will be sending out acceptances, high priorities, and rejections'. Now, I've thought about it and I am completely confused. Many of you have interviewed after me and have gotten responses (A,W, and R). I would think that it wouldn't take 13 -16 weeks to reject me, right? I try to rationalize why it is taking so long, but I can't come up with anything other than:

    a. my application accidently slid under a filing cabinet and noone knows yet


    b. they are waiting to see who keeps their acceptances before making a decision on my app


    c. please put your thoughts here..

    also, two weeks after my interview I wrote the committee of admissions a letter stating that UCSF was the best fit for me and that if accepted I would definitely attend. i'm not sure if that makes any difference, but figured i'd throw that into the mix.

    Share your thoughts, my people. :)
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  3. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
  4. paisley1

    paisley1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    souljah, I feel your pain. I think the waiting is the worst part of this whole application process.

    Is it possible that your interviewers were late in submitting their evaluations of you? Perhaps that caused the delay?

    I hope you receive good word soon!

    Take care,
  5. Assassin

    Assassin Assassin 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    at first, i thought you asked what is the dildo <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
  6. madeupdreams

    madeupdreams New Member

    Apr 25, 2002

    after all the waiting and analysis, the news better be good. who knows why it is
    taking so long...

    i interviewed there during the second week of december. my acceptance was dated
    april 17, so that's at least 16 weeks. i was an mstp applicant, though. i got the
    impression that my file wasn't being reviewed until the mstp committee offered their
    review of my application. either way, my file wasn't reviewed by the med school til April.

    i agree that it's frustrating to know they are making most of their offers while your
    application sits there.

    what is your second choice school? what makes ucsf so appealing to you?
  7. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002

    thanks for sharing. i know there have been others that have had to wait for extensive periods to hear back from UCSF. i'm glad you were ultimately accepted!

    why ucsf..well, I lived in SF for two years and used to study there all the time when I was taking my premed classes. I attended all sorts of conferences there and always felt that UCSF was 'cutting edge' and a rare school that is dedicated to both primary care (has some touchy feely aspects) but is also excellent in research. I really like the Bay Area, tuition is incredibly cheap, and I have a couple friends who go to UCSF that I would love to see again more consistently. I'm also really into the integrated curriculum, prosections in anatomy, the osher center for integrative medicine, etc...The library is insane and the gym is incredible. It just seems that, as far as accessibility goes, it is the best school that I've seen.

    Second choice..I didn't apply to many schools (11) and they were largely based on location (CA and NYC/NJ). I never really had a second choice. UCSF was always my first, and then if that didn't work out I have to go with what I have.
  8. BeckyG

    BeckyG Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2001
    You never know with admissions, but it may be that they are waiting to offer you a spot in May rather than waitlist you. I know they send out quite a few letters in May (taking people off the waitlist before May 15, too). There's probably no way to know for sure, but keep your chin up! I wish you the best!
  9. lilycat

    lilycat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2000
    I'm still trying to get over the fact that you actually used "dillio"...

    No news is definitely good news. A lot of people who get the "high priority" waitlist end up getting in, but I'm guessing no decision has been made on your file most likely for one of the two reasons mentioned above -- that some component of your application, probably an interviewer review, was late or incomplete, or they are waiting to classify your status until they have finished more of their interviews. Frustrating, but not totally unusual. Good luck and hang in there.
  10. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Waiting is definitely the toughest part. The application process has tought me the meaning of patience, no doubt. I feel like that when I started out applying I was just an ephebe, but ephebe who went through the process of getting into medical school <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    what is wrong with saying dillio? Busta Rhyme says it, why can't this white boy said it? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
  11. paean

    paean Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2002
    It took them over 3 months to get back to me (high priority, unfortunately). What I have heard is that acceptances are mailed all together right after the 15th of the month, and all the applicants who were not accepted at the admissions committee meeting are given to smaller groups who decide wait-list or reject. You can get those letters at any time.

    I don't know if this will change, since schools are trying to finalize their classes, but no letter until the 17-20th is usually really good news.

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