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UMass, anyone?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by hellokitty, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. hellokitty

    hellokitty Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    Has anyone else heard from Umass post-interview? I remember that Bee was the last one here who was accepted, but anyone else lately? Even post-interview rejection (not that i am looking for one :D )?

    Thanks :)
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  3. gooseHC

    gooseHC Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    I am stil waiting too..this waiting is killing me. I dont know how long they can drag it out! I haven't heard a word since my interview 12/4...I'm hoping for at least a waitlist, but still nothing as of yet!
  4. SuperGrover

    SuperGrover Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    New England
    Still waiting, me'self, with more agony and desire as the weeks go on! It's funny how a wait like this can make you want things more intensely--as if I needed any extra help in the longing-for-UMass category! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    So other than the obvious "will i get in/be waitlisted/be rejected" question, I have 2 other concerns regarding UMass. The first is that I remember the dean there saying that since it is a state school, they are very strict about *only* giving out 100 acceptances at first, and waitlisting a bunch of people who may very well get in as accepted people rescind their applications. If you combine that issue with the March 28th deadline that the AAMC sets (for schools to give out at least as many acceptances as they have available seats for the incoming class), it makes you wonder. It seems that we waiting folks will either hear very soon, or else perhaps if they've already filled their class (sadly, without us) we are all bound to be waitlisted or rejected. I hope that the former is the case, and that we hear the good news soon!!

    My second concern is about UMass and its financial situation. I saw my own doctor recently, and we chatted about the process, etc.. She went to UMass ~15yrs ago and is a fabulously intelligent and kind physician. Anyway, I was telling her about the fact that I interviewed with an ER doc who is involved with the lifeflight helicopter, and consequently had to meet him in the helipad trailor, etc. etc.. She mentioned that she'd heard they had to stop the lifeflight operation recently due to financial strain. Has anyone else heard anything about UMass in this light? My interview was at the end of January, and everything was running then.

    Incidentally, her take on the $$ issue and UMass is that since the school itself is still state-funded, it is still in good shape financially etc.. She thinks the hospital is in minor trouble and bound to recover since it is part of the state's only medical training program, and since it serves so many people in that region of the state. She indicated that she wouldn't advise anyone NOT to study medicine at UMass right now, but that if someone was seeking a UMass *residency*, it might not be the strongest moment in its history to train there.

    Anyway, wanted to let you know one person's take on the situation (not mine, as I am still confused, heh heh!). Any thoughts out there on these points?

    I still am pining away for UMass, regardless. Ah, love unrequited...brings me back to, like, junior high or something! :)
  5. serpiente

    serpiente Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2001
    SuperGrover, I know what you mean about having conerns. I've been thinking about this a lot because I have been accepted to UMass and waitlisted at Penn and have been trying to decide whether I should withdraw from Penn or not.

    Anyway my concerns are more about residency placement. Though UMass gets a lot of research money (which boosts up its US news ranking) the residency directors rating is not high.

    A couple weeks ago I got a copy of the UMass 2001 match list from admissions. It is not very impressive to say the least. Well actually for primary care, the placements were pretty good. But there was only one person going into opth., radiology, neuro, etc.. I have had some friends here who didnt match into the specialites they wanted. This year I guess two people went for opthamology and only one got it--UMass doesn't even have an opth. dept. Anyway, I am a little nervous about matching in a non-primary care field coming from UMass.

    Also the choice Boston residencies are pretty much taken by the Harvard, BU, Tufts students who are already doing rotations at Boston Hospitals. Anyone have any insight into this? I'm pretty sure I'll go to UMass anyway because of the tuition, but it's somewhat worrisome.

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