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Withdrawal = Burning Bridges?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by JohnMadden, May 15, 2007.

  1. JohnMadden

    JohnMadden Political Refugee
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    Jan 11, 2007
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    SDN Nation,

    Does anyone have any idea if withdrawing from a school burns any bridges or limits future opportunities at the respective schools? (e.g. research, residency)

    In my case, I withdrew from a school that really wanted me to attend (or so they told me) because I had previous work experience with the institution and knew a lot of the people.

    However, I am interested in doing a year of research at the school that I withdrew from. Do you think it would be hard to find a mentor/support because I chose to attend a different school that was financially a better deal?
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  3. zeff

    zeff Kikey McGuido
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    Jun 12, 2006
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    No, I doubt very much anyone is keeping score/will care down the line. Anecdotally, my fiancee decided not to attend a school (that was interested enough to offer a pretty good deal financially) and ended going there for her fellowship and now got a faculty job there.

    If the school liked you enough to admit you, I can't imagine they won't also be interested in you in some other capacity in the future.
  4. Eric Lindros

    Eric Lindros Guest

    Dec 1, 2006
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    Too many people would have too many bridges burned if that's the case. If you keep it professional, there is no need to worry about that.
  5. xanthomondo

    xanthomondo nom nom nom
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    Apr 2, 2006
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    Yeah, just don't wipe your ass with your withdraw letter before mailing it in and you'll be fine.
  6. smq123

    smq123 John William Waterhouse
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    Jan 9, 2006
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    I don't think it will make a difference. At my school, what goes on in the admissions office is well separated from what goes on in other administrative offices around campus, and I would assume that this is also the case elsewhere. I don't think that any prospective research mentors would have any way of finding out if you even applied to that particular school.

    Even if they did know, I doubt that they would hold it against you - there are so many personal factors (family, spouses, finances) that go into deciding where to go for med school, it would be ridiculous to hold a personal grudge against someone who chose to go elsewhere.

    Good luck!

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