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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DocGibby, Mar 27, 2000.

  1. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member
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    Is there anyone out there which has interviewed at Wayne State? If so could you offer me any insight? Also to any current students there, do you like it? I just got an interview for late April. I don't expect there to be any spots left by then, but I figured why not check it out anyway. Thanks.
     
  2. Robb1818

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    Hey DocGibby, I thought you were MSUCOM bound?? Second Thoughts? If you do decide on Wayne, I'm sure a few of your Oakland buds on the alternate list would love you for it.

    Anyway, I interviewed at Wayne a few weeks ago. I know you're quite familiar with the school so i'm not going to give you all the numbers and tell you the about the awesome clinical facilities they have. But I can tell you that the whole vibe of the school is TOTALLY different that MSUCOM. I was also accepted to MSUCOM (i won't be going there) and I really loved the atmosphere there. It didn't seem "too" competitive and everyone seemed to lookout for each other.

    At Wayne I got a different feeling. Since it's such a huge class (250+), I think it would be hard to get that "closeness" that you have at MSU. The students that gave the tour said they all loved it (would they really say they didn't?) but did say there was a competitive undertone there. I was told "but you'll get that at ANY medical school you go to". Maybe so but who needs it?

    Wayne vs MSUCOM?? Tough one. Wayne does have awesome clinical facilites and I think their board scores are slightly higher. I think I was told 97% pass the USMLE-I and 100% pass step two. At MSU I think it was in the low 90's? You probably know better than me. Plus Waynes tuition will save you some bucks too.

    About the interview...very relaxed. They just want a chance to get to know you and what your goals are. They'll ask you about high school too. Your class rank and SAT scores? Don't ask me why. They also want to find out about your motivation to go to Wayne....things i'm sure you already know...no real suprises (except the HS thing).

    Wayne accepts students 4 times a year. I was told this was fair to everyone. I'll find out tommorrow if they got to my application (this is the 3rd time) so if you're in late april I wouldn't worry about there not being spots left. I think the last time the adcom meets is in May. I also know a few people from Oakland who'll be going to WSU so you won't be the only one if you decide on it.

    Well, hope this helped.

    Rob


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  3. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member
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    Thanks for all the info Rob. I didn't even know you were on here. I'm still gung-ho on MSUCOM. Nothings changed, I'm just keeping my options open. I'm still gonna give it my all at the interview and see what happens. Afterall, it's just a short drive down 75 and I went to all the trouble to send them a secondary. Keep me posted on your acceptances.
     
  4. Robb1818

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    I've decided on UMDNJ-SOM
     
  5. reddy

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    DocGibby,

    like you I have been accepted at MSUCOM. I am thrilled about that! By the way, thank you for your advice. I interviewed at Wayne in February and am on the alternate list. I would be happy at either program, but am leaning toward MSUCOM (even if I did get into Wayne). I would second all of Robb1818's comments.

    As for some details, Wayne accepts students 4 times a year. On a specific date during the last week of Nov, Jan, March, and May. On these dates, you can call and find out your status. When you interview, they will give you a list of these dates. The tough part is waiting for 2 months in some cases. You'll be up for the decision date in May. After May, a wait or alternate list is set-up. I'm still not sure if Wayne considers these two words to be synonymous. They may or may not rank this wait list. In some years past they have ranked it, but last year they did not.

    They interview into May and even in some cases as late as June (I know a guy who interviewed in the middle of June, wait listed and didn't get accepted off the wait list).

    Wayne accepts aproximately 1/4 of its class at each of the 4 acceptance dates. The reason why they do this (as someone in Admissions told me) is that in the past they would fill their class by December. Sometimes they had exceptional applicants who applied late. Since they'd fill their class on a rolling admissions basis, they couldn't offer a spot for these "better applicants". Actually works in their favor.

    Those who were previously wait listed (like at the March decision date) are put back in the pool and MAY be re-evaluated again with the next set of applicants (in May). Regardless, these people will be on a wait list after May if they're not accepted before then.

    As for the interview, they do ask for SAT or ACT scores, high school stuff, and weaknesses or glitches in your record. Be prepared to defend/justify these weaknesses, if any. Some interviews are easy going and some can be very condescending. I'd suggest having the mind set of...be prepared for anything.

    My interviewer only had my AMCAS in front of him.

    Decisions are made on a voting system in which each member of the Ad Comm rates you on a scale from 1-3. Those with the highest total numbers are accepted for that round. The rest are wait listed or rejected.

    Wayne is very big on high MCAT scores. If you possess these, you've surpassed a big hurdle.

    Good luck! If you have any more questions. I'd be happy to help.

    Reddy



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  6. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member
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    Wow, Reddy, thanks for all the info. I'll keep you posted on any new developements. My interview is late april, so I guess I'll have to wait a few weeks for a response (I'm expecting to be wait-listed anyway). Oh well, no matter. I've got all my ducks in a row for MSU so I'm all set for the fall regardless. It's a nice feeling being able to interview with no worries about being rejected or saying the wrong thing etc...
     

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