Waitlist Question

dianetanya

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    Hi everyone! I'm new and this post may be a little too late, but I have a question about the waitlist process.

    I was accepted to a medical school that starts on July 6th and I've already made the arrangements to attend. However, I'm on the waitlist for my top choice and they've said repeatedly that they could possibly accept me the day before classes start, which is in mid-August sometime. I don't know if I'm allowed to attend nearly a month of classes while on the alternate list.

    So I'm wondering what I should do right now.

    Do I:
    -ask my current school whether or not I can stay on the waitlist of another school and possibly leave their school mid-semester? (it could possibly be in poor taste to ask such a thing)
    -e-mail the dean of admissions at my top school regularly and risk the chance of being a pest?
    -rescind my alternate list position at my top school and be happy where I am?

    I've asked AMCAS and the e-mail they sent back about the process was uninformative. Please help!

    - Diane
     

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      Wow?a med school that starts in early July?..

      From what I?ve been told if you are admitted to a med school (paid fees began classes) you cannot stay on a waitlist for another school. It?s a tough position to be in. Did you contact the school you are waitlisted? What did they say?
       

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        dianetanya said:
        Hi everyone! I'm new and this post may be a little too late, but I have a question about the waitlist process.

        I was accepted to a medical school that starts on July 6th and I've already made the arrangements to attend. However, I'm on the waitlist for my top choice and they've said repeatedly that they could possibly accept me the day before classes start, which is in mid-August sometime. I don't know if I'm allowed to attend nearly a month of classes while on the alternate list.

        So I'm wondering what I should do right now.

        Do I:
        -ask my current school whether or not I can stay on the waitlist of another school and possibly leave their school mid-semester? (it could possibly be in poor taste to ask such a thing)
        -e-mail the dean of admissions at my top school regularly and risk the chance of being a pest?
        -rescind my alternate list position at my top school and be happy where I am?

        I've asked AMCAS and the e-mail they sent back about the process was uninformative. Please help!

        - Diane

        From what I have learned, you can NOT --once you are officially enrolled i.e. start classes, matriculate, start paying...-- stay on the waitlist. Look up this info at the AAMC website in terms of rules/regs & policies. I am not 100% sure of this. So it would be good to hear what other posters say about your quandry. I started a thread entitled "WAITLIST ETHICS". I got a lot of good responses. You might just find your answer in that thread. I feel for you. I am in a very similar situation. Good Luck.
         
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        dianetanya

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          thewzdoc said:
          Wow?a med school that starts in early July?..

          From what I?ve been told if you are admitted to a med school (paid fees began classes) you cannot stay on a waitlist for another school. It?s a tough position to be in. Did you contact the school you are waitlisted? What did they say?

          I just talked to lady who answered the phone at the admissions office, and she told me that she couldn't say what I should do. She seemed to think that I had a choice whether not I could stay on the waitlist, but I'm not sure that she fully grasped my predicament or completely understands the procedure.
           

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            dianetanya said:
            I just talked to lady who answered the phone at the admissions office, and she told me that she couldn't say what I should do. She seemed to think that I had a choice whether not I could stay on the waitlist, but I'm not sure that she fully grasped my predicament or completely understands the procedure.

            I think it comes down to ethics and not legalities. If you are OK with staying on the waitlist for your top school while attending another school then do it. You should be sure that the tuition is refundable at your current school too?.nothing like flushing 15K-30K?.. :scared:
             

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              I would definitely send a letter to the adcom/dean of admissions letting them know your predicament. Tell them you will attend their school for sure if they will pull you off the wl before your other school starts. The worst that could happen is that they say no. As for withdrawing once you begin school, I don't think that's an option...
               

              dianetanya

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                So I just looked at the thread for the waitlist of the school of my dreams AND I talked to the Associate Dean of Admissions, and the outlook is not so great.

                It sounded like there will be no movement for a while, and since I start in less than 2 weeks, it looks like I will be forfeiting my alternate position.

                Too bad, it would have been nice to know if I could have gotten in . . .
                 
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