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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ryandote, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. ryandote

    ryandote Member
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    Sorry, not a specialist at getting off the waitlist, just at getting on!

    9 interviews
    2 pending
    1 rejection
    1 acceptance
    5 waitlists!



    So I just suck at interviewing???
     
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  2. Mayday

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    You have an acceptance. I'd say you did quite well.
     
  3. Surf Rx

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    touche.
     
  4. BrownianMotion

    BrownianMotion Einstein's Simple Diffusion
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    i beat you:

    12 interviews:
    6 waitlists
    3 pending
    1 rejection
    1 withdrawn
    1 acceptance
     
  5. ReachingTruth

    ReachingTruth My Future Rests on Hope
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    I beat all of you.


    0 Acceptances.

    If you've got one, you've got nothing to worry about.
     
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  6. instigata

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    I'll call you on your 0 acceptances, and raise you 1 waitlist :D
     
  7. DoctorPLASTIC

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    :smuggrin::smuggrin::smuggrin:PWNED!:smuggrin: :smuggrin: :smuggrin:
     
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    yeah, I guess I've been "pwn'd."

    So this wasn't supposed to be complaining, but more supposed to be a commentary on the typical ' "1 per 3" acceptances to interviews' promise that people try to throw out there.
     
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  9. diosa428

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    Last year my friend got 11 interviews, 10 waitlists and 1 acceptance. She later got taken off 1 or 2 waitlists. But yeah.... She also mostly interviewed at top 10 schools, with a couple of top 20s thrown in, so that might have had something to do with it.
     
  10. Cirrus83

    Cirrus83 Too old for this
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    I don't think it's 1 per 3 at all...just looking over the acceptance stats you can tell it's much less than that at many schools. On top of which, those stats include people who get accepted off the waitlist, so schools where you see 1 in 3 people getting an acceptance really accept less than that right off the bat.

    I mean, only at the most generous schools are you going to see 1 in 3 people being offered acceptances right off the bat, places where maybe 1 in 2 people get accepted overall (like the SUNY schools).

    So yeah, if you applied to less generous schools (read: top 20 or 30 or whatever) you should basically just be expecting way more rejections and waitlists than acceptances.

    Anyways, you're still doing better than me:
    14 applications
    3 interviews with 1 post-interview hold
    1 pre-interview hold
    0 acceptances
    And too many rejections to keep track off. I kinda expected them so I just threw them on the ground when I got them. In fact, as of right now I'm not even sure if Mount Sinai actually rejected me, but I'm pretty sure they did, simply because I can't remember if I actually got a rejection letter or if I simply thought I got one. Oh well.
     
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    Hmmm....you may have a point, in general. However, diosa knows the only top 10 school I interviewed at and would "vehemently" like to get off the waitlist.

    On the same subject, I saw a HumbleMD post/poll about how "interview to acceptances" ratios might be a bi-modal distribution. Bi-modal because there is a strong likelihood that you will be accepted everywhere if you interview well and nowhere if you interview poorly. I didn't follow the thread, so I didn't see the outcome of the poll or the discussion.

    Sorry, everybody, I didn't mean to come off as whiny or ungrateful. I am very happy that I have the chance to go to medical school. I just feel a little confused because most of my interviews seemed to go well, and it bothers me that I may be totally off on that point. If I am socially inept and know it, that would be one thing. However, to be socially inept and not know it would be terrible!

    On the other hand, maybe I'm being discriminate against because I'm a MORMON and I should have applied as a URM! (that's a joke because mormons are actually over-represented in medicine)
     
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  12. ReachingTruth

    ReachingTruth My Future Rests on Hope
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    Call and raise you one more waitlist. Hope it works out for both of us and the only thing we have to apply for in the next three years is a new library card (99% acceptance rate and I've got the experience for them to accept me).

    Ryandote, I had no intentions of pwning you or complaining. I just wanted to emphasize that after one, it doesn't matter how many more come your way. (Diminishing law of marginal utility anyone? haha)
     
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    Hey! Econ major here. Touche.
     
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    Haha....call yours and raise you one post interview rejection ;) But I would have to have said that before Thursday..i got my first acceptance :D Good luck to you ReachingTruth, I'm sure you'll have your acceptance soon! :luck:
     
  15. ltrain

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    I think it varies school to school, but at most, it seems that it doesn't "come down to the interview." Rather, your interview adds to your whole package and then they re-evaluate your app.

    That said, if a school has a fairly small waitlist or a tiered waitlist and you're near the top, then you're probably "acceptable" there. If it's a school where they put 90% of those they don't accept on the waitlist, then there might be something else on your app outweighing a strong interview.

    For instance, I feel like my bad undergrad grades are probably still hurting me in the process, even post-interview. But that's just my gut feeling.

    Good luck getting off your wls!
     
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  16. ReachingTruth

    ReachingTruth My Future Rests on Hope
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    That's awesome. Congratulations! Thank you for the luck. I hope I get to call your acceptance come May/June.
     
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  17. Hednej

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    Ryandote, I'm hearing you man. My pre-med advisor told me a long time ago that you either have a 100% chance of acceptance or 0%, there is no in between. Though a bit extreme, I think there is some merit to this statement. Interviews rarely raise anybody up, they usually bring applicants down. Adcoms usually know who they're accepting, they just want to make sure you're a decent person. Even if you had a great interview, the file still had to be reviewed in the committee and maybe if your interviewer had to decide, you would get in. But the committee still has its prejudices against you( bad MCAT, GPA, no volunteer, whatever). Anyways, this is the conclusion that I have reached after interviewing at 6 top 20s and getting no acceptances. It seems like from the beginning they knew they weren't going to accept me because I'm pretty sure I did well in all of my interviews.
     

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