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med school legacy

stonecold23stonecold23 Registered User Posts: 1,595 Senior Member
edited January 2006 in Pre-Med Topics
do legacys play the same role in boosting admission for med school, as undergrad?
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  • Twenty8Twenty8 Registered User Posts: 476 Member
    Seriously doubt it. Maybe in other fields, but when you're dealing with peoples' lives, I think it really comes down to whether or not your capable, regardless of your ties.

    However, if you have proven that, I'm sure it'll help you edge out competitors.
  • bigndudebigndude Registered User Posts: 1,054 Senior Member
    Yes. It does, and I personally know someone who did get into a med school due to family legacy. It gave them the little boost they needed to get in. You need to have decently good stats, but the legacy will give you the rest usually.
  • theslowclaptheslowclap Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    In my opinion: that is sad.
  • stonecold23stonecold23 Registered User Posts: 1,595 Senior Member
    well odds are if a parent is a doctor, the kid will be smart enough and have what it takes too.... but hey yeah, there are exceptions
  • Doogie311Doogie311 Registered User Posts: 1,723 Senior Member
    of course it does...its all about who u know. If you know sum1, it makes life sooo much easier for pre-meds.
  • bigndudebigndude Registered User Posts: 1,054 Senior Member
    As doogie said it, its all about who you know especially in a doctors life. It'll help you get into med school often and it will also bring you patients. Its all about networking and having connections out the wazoo. If you have good connections for medicine you can do whatever you want and have a huge number of patients.
  • SpikedsoymilkSpikedsoymilk Registered User Posts: 694 Member
    wouldn't medical schools be more critical of children of doctors? i figured it would be because they suspect that the applicant is only applying out of pressure from the parents?
  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    But Spikedsoymilk, how would they know that your parents are doctors? I could be wrong, but I don't believe you are obligated to tell the med-schools anything about your parents. Med-school apps are not like college apps where they ask you all kinds of questions about your family.
  • bigndudebigndude Registered User Posts: 1,054 Senior Member
    I've looked at some schools med school apps, and some of them are peppered with questions about family members in medicine. They ask about parents, brothers/sisters, grandparents, and even aunts/uncles. I don't remember which app it was on tho, but it made me quite mad that they care so much about something really insignificant. It was optional though.
  • SpikedsoymilkSpikedsoymilk Registered User Posts: 694 Member
    sakky makes a good point.

    I've never seen a MS app in my life before though.

    But if they do ask, perhaps it may be something we should be concerned about, eh? What if it comes up in the interview?
  • bigndudebigndude Registered User Posts: 1,054 Senior Member
    You should care about in the sense that legacies have an advantage. If it doesn't apply to you, don't worry about it and keep the rest of your stats up.
  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    I've looked at some schools med school apps, and some of them are peppered with questions about family members in medicine. They ask about parents, brothers/sisters, grandparents, and even aunts/uncles. I don't remember which app it was on tho, but it made me quite mad that they care so much about something really insignificant. It was optional though.

    Exactly - it was optional. Therefore you can simply choose not to answer it.
  • SpikedsoymilkSpikedsoymilk Registered User Posts: 694 Member
    now, what if it comes up at the interview?
  • sakkysakky - Posts: 14,759 Senior Member
    Then you can elect not to answer it. I personally happen to think it's an completely inappropriate personal question, like asking whether you're gay or about your sex life.

    Besides, look at it this way. While I don't condone lying, in this case, if they asked this inapprpriate question and you did lie, how would they know? While I understand this might open up a can of worms, I see nothing wrong about lying to a question which is inappropriate anyway. Like if they ask you whether you are gay (which they should not be asking) and you lie about it.
  • bigndudebigndude Registered User Posts: 1,054 Senior Member
    If its a case of you being at the med school your parents or maybe grandparents went to, they will know. They might ask, and if you lie then well they will think you are stupid.
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