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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mdurfa, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. mdurfa

    mdurfa Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    how exactly does this work? i know it happens.. but how is one expected to pick up and find a place to live in a matter of days? would you take the offer.. or is that too little too late?
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  3. lsumedgirl

    lsumedgirl Livin' the dream! 2+ Year Member

    May 13, 2006
    Take whatever they offer you. If they say "Show up tomorrow," ask them, "What time?" I know it's easier said than done, but everything will fall into place.
  4. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    The only nightmare scenario I could visualize is being offered a last-minute waitlist spot your dream school which starts a month after your distant second choice, which already started.

    What then? Do you swallow a semester's tuition and arrange for private financing?

    That's what makes me go "hmmmm..." A last minute flight and living out of a suitcase for a few weeks I could handle.
  5. Falco2525

    Falco2525 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    you cant be offered a spot once you matriculate somewhere
  6. MadHopsMD

    MadHopsMD 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    they wont let you. so dont worry you wont be tempted. heh. i know what you are thinking..UC San fran eh hehe. dont worry you will be accepted there outright.
  7. AtreyuRocks

    AtreyuRocks 7+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    i know a couple friends who have done it.

    1) 2 weeks before classes would begin if had been accepted. awoken from nap by cell phone. "congrats you've been accepted to X". goes back to sleep. awakes hours later, did that really happen? haha, yes he got in but was scared to look like an idiot calling the school to see if he was truly accepted. got over that, called, flew to the other coast within a couple days just in time for classes.

    2) accepted on the other coast, only option/acceptance. moves a month before classes start to get situated with new living arrangements etc. two weeks later, receives call from home-state med school offering acceptance. picks up, returns home to family, friends, and attends dream school.

    hehe. in these cases, when the 2nd option is much better than your original ie: no school or lower ranked more expensive option, you will gladly take the late acceptance. have you ever heard of a med school not filling all of their spots? someone has to take it!!
  8. gary5

    gary5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    Yes, if they call you 2 days before classes start, you decide immediately and pack your stuff and go. Don't worry - it is very uncommon. It only happens when a person drops out last minute, e.g. from severe illness, like cancer. I know someone who had to drop out of residency for medical reasons and then reapply for another program when she was better.
  9. Gut Shot

    Gut Shot 10+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2003
    At some schools, extremely late waitlist acceptances are only granted to applicants who already live in the vicinity of the school. This happened in my matriculating class at VCU (two people literally got in during roll call on day one - they were waiting in the foyer of the auditorium in case somebody didn't show up, thus forfeiting his/her seat). It also happened to a friend's brother at UTHSA-SA. He was high on the waitlist, lived in San Antonio, went to roll call on day one and was admitted when someone failed to show.

    That said, during the first week of class someone who matriculated in my class got off the waitlist at her top choice school in NY (her home state). I don't know the details, but she dropped out and returned to the Empire State.
  10. LifetimeDoc

    LifetimeDoc EM Attending Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    If I get a call the day before classes start (or the day of classes) at USF/FSU and they say "Do you still want to be a doctor? You have to be here by tomorrow (or in the next hour and a half)!", you bet I'd get in my car and drive like a bat out of hell to live in a hotel for a week (or live with a friend) while we sorted out an apartment. Do you want to be a doctor or not? :eek: :D My answer would be...

  11. sunnyjohn

    sunnyjohn Got Mustard? 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    In a world all my own.
    So if your high on the wait list, you could show up the first day and bet it on the roll of the dice?

    I can see it now. SDNers everywhere will be standing in the foyer on the first day of med school hoping for a no-show. :smuggrin:
  12. Gut Shot

    Gut Shot 10+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2003
    In theory, yes, although it's a rare occurence. Although two got in my year, apparently nobody had been accepted "off the foyer" for quite some time before that.

    I recall at UTHSA-SA that the waitlist was gradually trimmed based on geography as classes approached. First they'd eliminate the OOSers, then the people from far flung regions of Texas, and eventually you'd have to come from the immediate vicinity to still be in contention.

    The local news crews should be there to broadcast the tears of unfathomable sadness.
  13. sunnyjohn

    sunnyjohn Got Mustard? 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    In a world all my own.

    Would it be mean to post this tidbit in the Texas waitlist forum? :idea:
  14. DoctorPLASTIC

    DoctorPLASTIC Banned Banned

    Mar 11, 2007
  15. musiclink213

    musiclink213 My room is a mess 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    New York
    I have a friend that got accepted about a week before classes started. She was about to matriculate into NYCOM when she got a call from NYU. Luckily for her, she is from NY anyway so she was able to commute until she got an apartment closer to campus set up.
  16. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    I have a friend who was accepted to Baylor just before classes started there. I think she had an apartment rented and everything at her second choice. She broke her rent and practically sprinted to Houston :laugh:
  17. NYyanx28

    NYyanx28 7+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    New York
    Going from NYCOM to NYU... talk about movin' on up.
  18. musiclink213

    musiclink213 My room is a mess 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    New York
    Just goes to show you how much of a crapshoot htis whole thing is. She was waitlisted at Einstein, NYU (ultimately accepted at NYU), and I think one other school, but rejected from all the SUNY schools without even an interview. So you never know what the schools are looking for.
  19. rich4k

    rich4k Member 2+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    San Diego
    My friend in Orange County had a trailer packed to go to Michigan the next day when he got a call from UCLA a week before orientation.
    He lost a month's rent, broke his lease in Michigan and commuted about an hour to UCLA for a week before he found an apartment.
  20. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    My brother had this happen at a dental school. He lived in state (only applied to that one school) but still had a difficult decision to make. His wife had a contract at a local grade school that she had to break so they could move and he had just started a business in construction with his cousin. They gave him a day to decide and basically said if he didn't accept, he better not think about applying again. He accepted of course and is now in practice.
  21. nka1985

    nka1985 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I don't care what I'm doing when they call, or how much debt I have to go into to get there...If I get an acceptance this year, Im there, no matter what. No way I'll pass on a chance to pursue my dreams just because it's inconvenient to drop everything.
  22. future_dr_house

    future_dr_house . 7+ Year Member

    Sep 8, 2006
    If you did that, I bet there'd be a few tonya harding incidents to make sure kids don't show up to a school

    When essays don't help and prayers aren't answered, it's time to bring out the bats. ;)
  23. etsuprinthead

    etsuprinthead 2+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    when you matriculate / start orientation at 1 school, you have to withdraw all other applications you have under consideration. wonder how they know if you do...
  24. pagemmapants

    pagemmapants Unknown Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    (According to legend; I don't know the details) there's a current MS4 here who got called while he was driving on his way to a different school like 2 days before classes. He turned around and headed to Durham, and in the first day of orientation raised his hand and asked if anyone was still looking for a roommate. Apparently his nickname was/is "caboose".
  25. cubbbie

    cubbbie Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Wait, so you ARE allowed to do this? I thought once you matriculate you had to pull off the waitlists. Is this why some places have an early start (I'm looking at you, Case)? It sucks because my s.o. was waitlisted at an NY school and he's missing his shot to go there if he chooses Case.
  26. sunnyjohn

    sunnyjohn Got Mustard? 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    In a world all my own.
    HAHA. It would be a throw down Texas-ninja style. Complete with black cowboy boots and belt-buckle ninja stars shaped like the Lone Star State!:laugh:

    *crouching tiger, hidden pre-med*

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