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Parent letter of appeal for son's reinstatement to medical school

maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited June 2011 in Parent Cafe
Hello..I am first time here in the site and looking for help and suggestions about our son's news from the college admitting committee for his second year medical school, that he will not be reinstated due to two failed subjects in his class. Our son did
met with the college dean and was asked to write a letter of appeal for reconsideration. Met with the admission committee last week and decided not to reinstate him.. Our son is really devastated...hes an extremely committed student and now his dreams
will be cut short. We are heartbroken as well and , just wonder if as parents can also write a letter of mercy and reconsideration for a second review and address to the dean of the graduate school..
Thank you all for your suggestions.
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Replies to: Parent letter of appeal for son's reinstatement to medical school

  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    Med school is made to weed out students.
    What about taking a step back, retaking those courses elsewhere and reapplying?
    ( without the parental letter)
  • jvtDadjvtDad Registered User Posts: 658 Member
    um... i've never attended med school and my kids have no intention to, but I saw this on one of the personal blogs... Hope it helps.
    Chris P had eagerly awaited his medical school acceptance. He had been happy and enthusiastic during orientation week attending all of the social events and developed a lively group of friends and study mates. When classes started, he kept up but partied very hard on the weekends spending Saturday night in the clubs and Sundays recovering from his Saturday night partying. Few people were able to keep up with him. By the second block of exams, Chris found himself just barely passing his coursework yet he continued his active social life. He always said that he “needed to let off steam” in order to concentrate on his studies.

    By the end of the first year, Chris found that he needed to take two courses in summer school in order to be promoted with his class. He was able to pass one summer course but failed the other summer course and was dismissed from his class.

    Solution: Chris applied for readmission at the end of the summer and was denied. He applied for re-admission after sitting out for a year and was re-admitted. When he returned to school, his discipline and study skills were outstanding. He was able to finish medical school and enter residency.
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    thank you so much....my son is drafting another letter letter for second chance for review to the admission committee. During the initial meeting with them, the four committee said they were impressed by his courageous letter and points for him to rectify
    and asked for the second chance. Like you we never get in the way for our son's college
    academic activities, except top pay the tuition, but can't help to think , but to help, admission committees and deans are there to develop and look far what a student can offer.
  • calgalcalgal Registered User Posts: 304 Member
    Generally, the weeding out occurs before admission to med school, not during the four years of med school. It is unusual for a med student to fail two classes. What was the reason, if you are willing to share?
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,365 Senior Member
    I used to work for a med school, (don't know if things have changed since the 90s. . .) and there are several docs in the family. Weeding out occurs during undergrad. Usually, once you're in, the med school will do everything (within reason) to help you graduate. Every year there are a few students who repeat that first academic year. Students may be allowed a chance to repeat exams in a class they are failing. There are always a couple students on the 5 year plan. (And rarely someone on the 6 or 7 year plan). And there are also a couple students here and there who drop out by choice, almost always during or after the first year, because they've decided to do something else. (The only way you can pay back your loans is to graduate!) Often the students who struggle during the academic years will do much better in their clinical work.

    Since he's already been "reviewed" and turned down, it seems unlikely they'd change their minds. But, it is still worth a second try. Maybe ask for a year off?
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    He's a freshman and going for second year.. He passed all the clinicals..and he thought he did well in the written finals. As a result he's GPA dropped. He approached the professors of the failed subject, but the professor was adamant in not passing him. So he was asked to write a letter of appeal which he did..and met the committee , but with NO decision.
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Before the decision the dean and the admission director advised him on the five year pLan and repeat the failed courses, whioch we were thankful for the chance of being on probation. But then when they asked him to present himself on the committee and read the reinstatement letter, the email after was not to reinstate. The weekend was really painful for us and my son. Like all of you we value academic excellence in really this is what we instill in our college kids.
  • NYMomof2NYMomof2 Registered User Posts: 5,948 Senior Member
    I am very sorry about this. It is extraordinarily hard to get into medical school these days. I know two young women who have gone through the process recently. Your son must have been an outstanding student in college, and he must have some substantial accomplishments. Do you have any idea why he failed the courses? It does not sound like he was spending his weekends partying, as "Chris" did.

    Is there anyone at the med school who is on his side? Maybe a professor of a course he did well in, or a clinical supervisor? Your son might approach this person for advice.

    I hope that your son will find a way to get back into school.
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    My son has the passion and dedication of a medical student. He have to study really hard to get a grade. Hes more of B's , no he's not Chris.
    He did approach already all the professors and promised them to rectify and re work his study habits..but still nobody is taking his plight. AS PARENTS DO WE HAVE A ROLE TO INTERVENE WITH A PARENTAL LETTER for reconsideration in behalf to our adult college kids? Well we viewed negatively as helicopter parents?
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    I don't think it's appropriate for a parent to intervene. As a med student, it falls on his shoulders.
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Aahhh!!!just a concerned Mom's ..looking at all possibilities and avenues.
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thank you all so much! Find this site great. Best bet is for my son to make a second letter for the re review and re reconsideration. I keep you posted of what the result will be.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,627 Senior Member
    Med school is made to weed out students. ..What about taking a step back, retaking those courses elsewhere and reapplying?

    Not really....the weeding out is done in undergrad with the pre-med pre-reqs. He can't retake med school classes without being in a med school.

    Others who know more can comment, but I thought that the first year of med school was kind of a review of college pre-med pre-reqs (bio, chem, etc)....so, I'm wondering if how strong of a student he was in his pre-med pre-reqs? Did he go to a good undergrad? Was he distracted this year with something outside of school?
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    ^^^^^^^the original post I was replying to got edited I think. ;)
  • maganda1956maganda1956 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Not really ..except that he was diagnosed with autoimune disorder before med school.. year...and on monthly blood works in the college health center. Have kidney biopsy christmas break last year, since kidneys beginning to fail..but still he's stoic and now under control with quarterly MD specialist check with the case.
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