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***2018-19 Medical School Applicants and Their Parents***

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  • pep901pep901 12 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    He did shadow primary care providers -- internal medicine practice, cardiologist, and a pulmonologist. His clinical hours are almost all volunteer hours at a Veterans' Hospital in the Emergency Department.
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  • artloversplusartloversplus 8555 replies248 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @pep901

    IMHO
    High Mcat does not always cover low GPA, neither Extensive ECs. Your S's GPA is below average for all med schools, that is a big minus. Do not believe the Youtube you see that some low GPA candidates got into med school, they are the exceptions.

    But with a TN resident in highly protected IS schools, you might have a chance. But do not stop there, he also should apply for DOs extensively and make sure he also shadow some DOs and get LORs.
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10161 replies202 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    @pep901

    Cardiology and pulmonology aren't primary care. Primary care includes: non-specialist IM, peds, FM, OB/GYN, and geriatrics.

    Any non-medical community service hours with the less fortunate/vulnerable populations? That's what I meant by community service. Adcomms are looking for demonstration of altruism and service to others.
    edited August 2018
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  • AndorvwAndorvw 343 replies9 threadsRegistered User Member
    @pep901

    Biochem is a hard major. With a 3.47 GPA and 522 MCAT, he probably would get into TN state schools (strong in-state preference). Only thing he might think at this point is - whether he can get into higher ranked schools. He can calculate where his final GPA would be if he gets all A's in senior year, but with the 3/4 of classes already taken, doubt how much can his GPA be raised (probably around 3.6ish?). Even with a 3.6 GPA and 522 MCAT, he's still not that competitive for top schools, then why waste another year?
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  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown 8238 replies73 threadsForum Champion Brown Forum Champion
    edited August 2018
    Cardiology and pulmonology aren't primary care.
    I would say it depends on the patient population within the clinic. I know many board certified cardios/pulms who are the PCP for people where that is their primary health condition. They are the ones who manage all their screening and any other conditions that can be managed without specialist input (e.g. well controlled diabetes, early osteoarthritis, infrequent and drug responsive migraines, etc) and they are who the patient goes to first with any new issues.
    edited August 2018
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  • icuinNmicuinNm 135 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    D received her first interview invite last week. She just returned from visiting friends in that city/state and is going to head back in a week or so. She is very excited!

    I have a question about clothing. Do girls ever wear business dresses to business casual meet and greets or would that be too formal? By dress I don’t mean a suit skirt. I mean a dress with short sleeves that does not have a flowy skirt and falls a couple of inches below the knee. She would wear it with flats. Or would a pair of black slacks and a button up shirt be considered more business casual? The best way to describe the pants are ponte pants that are cut at the ankle (not cropped). They aren’t as form-fitting as skinny pants, but they aren’t as loose around the legs as her suit pants. They are similar to these but are black. Would something like this be okay for a meet & greet or would a dress be better?
    https://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/product/comfort+stretch+slim+ankle+pants/570223003?color=1145&catId=cat210003
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  • icuinNmicuinNm 135 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I think it’s too early to start worrying about not getting an interview.. There is at least 7 months of interview season ahead. Hopefully September will bring an invite or two for each of them. I know the wait is hard, but don’t start worrying this soon. Some schools haven’t even started interviewing yet. From what I’ve read, people should not be concerned about not having any interviews until Thanksgiving. I know that’s easier said than done.

    What month did your son receive his last interview when he applied?
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  • icuinNmicuinNm 135 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The post above was in reply to @momworried
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  • texaspgtexaspg 16501 replies340 threadsForum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Forum Champion
    My rule of thumb for meet and greet where only students meet is that you don't wear flipflops and cut off shorts but you don't want to look too formal in a suit. Something that falls under business casual (for men - it is khakhis type pants and buttoned shirt) is the right way to go.
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10161 replies202 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @icuinNm

    Here's a guide to business dress (professional and casual) from McComb Career Services Office--

    https://my.mccombs.utexas.edu/BBA/Career-Services/~/media/32064768E0CC4E89A3BB22764B9B8575.ashx
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  • momworriedmomworried 650 replies65 threadsRegistered User Member
    @icuinNm he had 2 interviews in January which resulted in a wait list. One of them turned into acceptance in mid may. But most of his interviews were done by mid October. He had his first 2 acceptances on October 15 which took the pressure off.
    Actually most schools are interviewing already. And I know about the thanksgiving rule. But usually when you have an amazing application and all your ducks line up in a row you start interviewing early. Definitely by your state schools. That’s why I’m concerned.
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  • CottonTalesCottonTales 1216 replies21 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @icuin, personally I find those pants completely acceptable for a meet and greet. Are you talking about the night before her interview get together? I can't remember what my daughter wore to those events but I know they we're not any part of her business suit, more likely a dress or slacks with a cardigan.
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  • icuinNmicuinNm 135 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @WayOutWestMom, Thanks for the great guide! I will forward this to D.

    @CottonTales, Thanks for your input. From what info I can gather, on day one the applicants will have the campus tour, a luncheon meet and greet and a QA session. Day 2 is for interviews. At first I was a little worried about the pants, but I now think they will be fine with a button-up blouse and flat shoes.

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  • pep901pep901 12 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks -- I don't have all the lingo correct! The pulmonologist was actually in a hospital and was head of the ED, so they were in the ER most of the days.

    Yes, he also has a good bit of community service generally -- two mission trips (in the U.S.), and working at an Urban Farm that supplies fresh food to the needy.

    He has had two advisors (one a former Harvard admissions member) suggest that he wait and apply in May because the scholarship money in-state may run low this late in the cycle and if he gets his GPA up just a bit - to a 3.6 he will have a shot at higher tier schools. So now he is leaning towards waiting out this cycle. ugh, so many decisions!
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  • CottonTalesCottonTales 1216 replies21 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    Just a FYI, for interview outfits, with heels, have your daughter have a pair of flats in her purse. Completely acceptable to change for the tour. @icuinNm
    edited August 2018
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  • icuinNmicuinNm 135 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @momworried, Are these applicants from the same state as your S? Schools don’t necessarily interview in the order the apps are received. Yes, the do skim some of the cream off the top, but that doesn’t mean their invites won’t come. I think my D has a very competitive app, but her inbox isn’t overflowing with invites. You just have to trust that your friend’s kids have great apps and let the process play out. This is what I have had to tell myself many times.
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  • GoldenRockGoldenRock 1556 replies5 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    Agree. Glanced last page of SDN threads for last cycle and following this cycle threads. All that I could infer is, it is a looooooooooong and unpredictable process. It starts from May 1 (TX) and ends in June 30th the following year, 14 months. So many acceptances and aid offers in June. So, apply and move on with your life. It is very hard to predict any aspects, review process or secondary invitation process, interview process or acceptance process. It varies from school to school, state to state.

    Here is the sample. Y'day was a bloodbath for USC. So many rejects. Few picked to give a feel for it.
    1. 3.94, 519, IS, SoCal, well rounded ECs
    2. I got 11 IIs so far, 6 of them from Top20, so I doubt I have weak PS, ECs or LORs! But again who knows
    3. I literally laughed at my first rejection having several interviews in hand, look at the bright side, you are wanted by other schools! 11 other schools!

    But some schools do meaningful things. They are transparent and post current cycle status. There is a post from U of Michigan by a current student that they complete interviews for OOS first before winter. May be they know CA student may not know how to walk on a sleet!

    Also it appears some school engage more to get the interview done than others. For example, y'day interview at UCSD post, the earliest interview date is end of Nov. But in UTMB still able to accommodate interview by Sep end or Oct. Of course some schools call lot of folks for interview like CWRU 1266 where as New Mexico only 300.
    edited August 2018
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  • oxfordtennismomoxfordtennismom 12 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Andorvw just curious how did you find a good private tutor? My son is mainly having a problem with CARS and the experiments. Critical thinking and passages is not his strength. He is planning on taking the MCAT again next Spring if he doesn't get in this cycle. He already did the Kaplan Live online class but we are thinking perhaps a few private tutoring sessions might be helpful.
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10161 replies202 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I believe Kaplan and TPR both offer one-on-one tutoring, both in-person or on-line.

    D1 worked as a one-on-one tutor for Kaplan before med school; so did D2.
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  • AndorvwAndorvw 343 replies9 threadsRegistered User Member
    @oxfordtennismom We found the private tutors via the site www.wyzant.com, where you can search for tutors in your local area. Finding the "good" ones needs some work besides reading people's reviews on them. We'd try the first session to see how it goes.
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