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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SarahL, Apr 1, 2002.

  1. SarahL

    SarahL Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Any stories that we SDNers should know about, especially for those on the waitlist? Just curious....
     
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  3. PelicanMan

    PelicanMan Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Well I don't think anybody would do what I have suggested.

    Repeat the first year of med school to get into Pritzker.

    Somebody try to top that.
     
  4. darkmatter

    darkmatter Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    It's not outrageous, but a know someone who got in from a waitlist by giving a copy of a storybook he authored for the kids he taught. He was initially told that he was low on the waitlist but he book really won the heart of the committee.
     
  5. Scooby Doo

    Scooby Doo IEatShavedPussyCats 10+ Year Member

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    hahaha..nice! :)
     
  6. Barton

    Barton Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    This guy my brother used to be friends with had a girlfriend who worked hard in undergrad, got a good GPA, did well on her MCAT, got some good clinical and research experience, published a few things, volunteered, wrote a decent personal statement and applied to a variety of schools.
    <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  7. Whisker Barrel Cortex

    Whisker Barrel Cortex 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    I bribed everyone on the John's Hopkins wait list above me with money I got from selling my fathers expensive paintings. Oh wait, that was a movie.
     
  8. Jerzeegrl

    Jerzeegrl Member 7+ Year Member

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    When I was at an interview, one of the other applicants told me that their student host was only waitlisted at one school, so without being accepted, he got on a flight went to the first day of orientation, and told them that he was their and ready to go in the case that anyone didn't show up to orientation. They told him that everyone was there. When he was on his way home, their was a note at his terminal not to get on the plane, because he had a spot in the class :)
     
  9. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

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    I went down on one of my female interviewers. She was a young, hot faculty member. I got an immediate acceptance offer.
     
  10. choker

    choker Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    i solved a rubik's cube in under two minutes at a few of my interviews.
     
  11. LilMissDrDoolittle

    LilMissDrDoolittle Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by choker:
    <strong>i solved a rubik's cube in under two minutes at a few of my interviews.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What's a rubik's cube? Which schools? And did they accept you?
     
  12. LilMissDrDoolittle

    LilMissDrDoolittle Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by choker:
    <strong>i solved a rubik's cube in under two minutes at a few of my interviews.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What's a rubik's cube? Which schools? And did they accept you?
     
  13. Ceez

    Ceez Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    *sigh* I spent about $2000 on applications and traveling expenses, plus hundreds of hours on end working on application essays. It was pretty outrageous if you ask me.
     
  14. johnM

    johnM Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I heard of someone who went to an interview without being invited... and then told them that he was invited over the phone. they went ahead and interviewed him anyway, but was put on the waitlist!
     
  15. shorrin

    shorrin the ninth doctor 7+ Year Member

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    Originally posted by LilMissDrDoolittle:
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> What's a rubik's cube? </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">man, I am so old. later you guys, I'm off to get my social security check and box of depends...

    <a href="http://www.puzzle-shop.de/rubiks-cube.html" target="_blank">http://www.puzzle-shop.de/rubiks-cube.html</a>
     
  16. Mystique

    Mystique The Procrastinator 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by sbajenkins:
    <strong>When I was at an interview, one of the other applicants told me that their student host was only waitlisted at one school, so without being accepted, he got on a flight went to the first day of orientation, and told them that he was their and ready to go in the case that anyone didn't show up to orientation. They told him that everyone was there. When he was on his way home, their was a note at his terminal not to get on the plane, because he had a spot in the class :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This guy's got guts!! Maybe that's what I should do...
     
  17. SarahL

    SarahL Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Okay, I have a confession to make. I am as obsessed with my favorite medical school as PelicanMan is with Pritzker. I have worked at this school for the last four years (since graduating from college), I know a million people here, and I want very, very badly to go here.

    This is my situation -- I'd appreciate any advice you can give:

    They said they wanted to finish interviewing last Thursday but might interview until this Thursday if necessary (although they really don't want to). I have appealed a post-secondary rejection and haven't heard back. I sent in a letter of intent and update on Monday, March 25, another letter of recommendation, and then emailed the associate dean of admissions yesterday and more or less pleaded for an interview. He is in his office this week but hasn't responded to the email. My questions are:

    1. Should I drop by his office and try to meet with him? I work right across the street from his office.
    2. Can a single "interview" with the associate dean of admissions substitute for an interview with a faculty member and student? I have never had an interview with a dean of admissions; mine have been with adcomm faculty members and students.
    3. Should I do this tomorrow? I have other medical school interviews on Thursday and Friday of this week, so unless I cancel them my only chance to do it this week would be tomorrow.

    I know there are tons and tons of great applicants, and I don't think I'm better than any of them. But I have letters of reference from two really famous people who are on all the same committees as this guy and I think I am a good applicant for this particular school: grades/scores above their average, nontraditional, tons of community service and research, literary interests outside of medicine, blah, blah, blah....

    The receptionist at the admissions office seemed to think that there is a tiny, tiny chance that I could still get an interview. What do you think? I know I'm crazy, but I just can't help it..... :) I would very much appreciate your advice.
     
  18. PelicanMan

    PelicanMan Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    The PelicanMan says:

    Do it tomorrow you got nothing to lose. Go for it.
     
  19. daisygirl

    daisygirl woof 15+ Year Member

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    I agree with PelicanMan. You definitely do not have anything to lose!
     
  20. SarahL

    SarahL Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the support. I just might do it. Any ideas on what I should say? I don't want to come off as annoying.

    By the way, PelicanMan, I went to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for undergrad and have a lot of friends who went to Pritzker. I can't wait to hear when you get in!

    Chicago is a great town. I'm glad that someone who's not from the Midwest actually appreciates it. Most people have no idea that Chicago is the third largest city in the country, or that is has great restaurants, fabulous museums, lots of culture, and real people instead of flaky ones like you sometimes run into here in California (not anyone on SDN, of course). Good luck to you!
     
  21. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A. 10+ Year Member

    I'm another Floridian that had never been to Chicago before my interview, and I knew full well it was a bad ass city.
     
  22. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

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    Sarah,

    I think you should definitely do it. "this school" that you are in love with is also the same school that I can't stop thinking about. I'm still waiting to hear back from them. If I were the Dean and you stopped by my office and shared your heart with me, I would listen. Just tell him how you feel and how you have been working hard with *%&$ in mind. You really have nothing to lose. Good luck.
     
  23. SarahL

    SarahL Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I'm gonna get all gushy here. Since I've been out of school for several years I've had to apply without an advisor, and I am so grateful for everyone on SDN! Souljah1, anyone as nice as you are deserves to get into "the school that has no name." :) Lots of luck to you! It would be great if we ended up as classmates. Take care.
     
  24. GemPrincess

    GemPrincess Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by LilMissDrDoolittle:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by choker:
    <strong>i solved a rubik's cube in under two minutes at a few of my interviews.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What's a rubik's cube? Which schools? And did they accept you?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">HEY!! will smith did that in fresh prince and got into some ivy league school! :D

    a rubiks cube is one of those cubes with a bunch of different colored squares and you try to match up all the colors on the various sides of the cube.
     

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