What do I write?

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  1. charleb32

    charleb32 Member

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    I know that I have to send a thank you note to my interviewer, and I think there was already a thread on this, But can someone give me an idea of what to write in the note? I have no idea.
     
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  3. Doctora Foxy

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    Include the date of your interview in the letter so they know who you are, mention something specific you discussed at the interview, and reiterate your interest in the school...the letter shiuld be short, mine was 2 very short paragraphs, but most are 1 paragraph.....my school's website had examples
     
  4. mma

    mma Senior Member

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    Something along the lines of:

    >Dear [interviewer],
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    >It was my great pleasure to be able to interview >with you during my visit to [school] on [date]. >I appreciate that you took time out of your busy >schedule to take part in shaping the incoming >class at [school]. [Add something individual >about conversation.]
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    >[School] would be an excellent place to study >medicine. The [facilities, opportunities for >research] are outstanding and the students I met >were bright and enthusiastic. I would be >honored to be chosen a member of the [school] >community.
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    >Thank you very much.
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    >Sincerely,
    >[real name]

    You should adapt it to make it more personal. If you had a particularly friendly interview, talk more about the conversation and less about the school in general. Always tell them you appreciate their time and that you like the school for X reason.

    Of course, the note can also say "I enjoyed meeting with you during my interview on [date]. Thank you very much for a pleasant and informative conversation." Depends on your style.

    Always handwrite a thank you note.

    Good luck!

    mma
     
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    !! I thought you were supposed to type it! oops....do you think it's ok? I signed my name on it <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     
  6. charleb32

    charleb32 Member

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    Thanks everybody for your help with this, I'm going to find somebody else to handwrite it for me because I have the worst handwriting.
     
  7. mma

    mma Senior Member

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    The handwritten thing is one of those Emily Post rules. A thank you note really is a thank you note--as long as the senitment is there, it does not matter if it is handwritten or typed. Don't stress, Foxy!

    mma
     
  8. BushBaby

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    Can someone help me? I don't want to write a thank you letter. I am trying to write a letter to a school that has confirmed my application but hasn't invited me for an interview yet.....I just want to drop a note to them to show my interest and how I wish they would invite me for an interview. How do I say this? (especially when it's an out of state school that I have never visited so I can't use that beautiful campus line). I can only mention what I've heard/read about the school (environment, diverse, clinical affliation, community and research opportunities.)
    How do I start/close this letter? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
     
  9. mma

    mma Senior Member

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    Mellow, I just PMed you a possible letter.

    Basically, first paragraph should say, "I am an applicant to the entering class of 2002 at [school]. I would be honored to be invited to study medicine at [school]. While I have not yet been invited to interview, I would very much appreciate the opportunity. Interviews are invaluable tools that allow both an applicant and a school to get to know each other."

    Second paragraph should read like a "Why do you want to go to this school?" essay, but shorter.

    Third paragraph should highlight features of your application, should state something about your commitment to medicine (with evidence), and should say that you think you would be a beneficial addition to their school.

    Fourth paragraph should be "Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you."

    And that's that.

    Good luck! I hope your letter brings you everything you want...

    mma
     
  10. El Jefe

    El Jefe The Jefe

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    You don't HAVE to write a thank you letter. Plenty of people get accepted at schools without them. I personally think it would be pretty selfish of an interviewer to think less of you for not writing one. Your acceptance should be based on your application and interview, not a little note after the fact. If you're going to write one I don't think you need to stress about it so much. Just say thanks and be honest about it; using one of those pre-fabricated thank-you notes practically defeats the purpose.
     
  11. mma

    mma Senior Member

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    I agree, Jefe. I don't think a Thank You note is necessary, either, but I personally believe in sending them anyway. If an interviewer gives you negative reviews because they don't get a note from you, the interviewer is petty and the school certainly knows it. If it is a school with integrity, it will not put as much weight on the petty interviewer. If it is a school that is concerned only with outward appearances, then you don't want to go there anyway.

    Still, I sent a Thank You note to everyone who interviewed me because I really did appreciate the time they took to talk with me. They aren't paid additionally to be on the AdComs--it is something they do because, for whatever reason, they want to. The suggested note that I offered previously was the general framework of what I wrote in each thank you note. I personalized each one--I said specifically what I liked about each school and told the interviewer that I particularly enjoyed discussing X, Y or Z. Of course, some of these were easier to write and were more heartfelt than others--if so, the note took a completely different tone. (These are the notes that write themselves!!! They are also usually slightly less formal...) Either way, it is a nice gesture to thank someone for taking time out of his or her life to talk to you to help decide whether you and the school make a good match.

    So, while it is not necessary AT ALL to write a note, it is a nice thing to do--if you feel it, do it!

    :)
    mma
     

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