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I realize that this certainly varies by school, but is there a pattern? Do most public schools put each new application at the bottom of the pile while private research schools filter for strong applicants, or something?

@gyngyn said something recently about modern software playing a large role in late applicants' potential for review at a certain school. I'm interested in learning more about this. If they are filtered, are they picked out mostly by stats or can other factors also be "read" by softwares?
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Every school probably processes applications in their own way. Late applications still get looked at, it's just that your chances of an interview/acceptance are higher when there are more open seats available.


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There are two major factors at play:

1) with a fixed number of both interview slots and acceptances, the later in the cycle, the more discriminating an adcom becomes. The is partly fueled, in my experience, by the difference in "late appliers." A small but noticable fraction are those who have had some major summer experience, such as NIH lab internship or research on a NOAA ship.

2) similar to the way HR and recruiters use software to examine resume for candidates, automated application system can look for GPA, trends or keywords. What keywords? With 130+ med schools I would have to create 130+ lists.
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