This thread is for the current year MD, DO and other applicants and their parents to discuss various schools, application timelines, processes, and seek support as needed. Past threads are listed so people can review some of the questions already asked and answered.
We did not have many participants in the last cycle and hope we have people participate about their apps and have lively discussions here.
Advice on school list? High stats, good ECs and research. Working on secondaries and wondering if adding some schools might be good.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Yale School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
John Hopkins University
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
We stayed away from public OOS because of IS preference for most of them. Some connections to UCSF and Bay Area so kept that in. UCSF is the only one out of the 25 schools that has not sent him a secondary (yet)
I hate to say this…but getting a secondary is simply a cash cow for these medical schools, in my opinion. Many just send secondaries to everyone who applies…it’s not an indication of the strength of your application or potential to get an interview invite…or acceptance.
Texas Tech and Rio Grande have very few OOS seats (Texas allows 10% which means Rio probably has only 4 or 5). They dont over admit in that quota and will have to wait until others have turned their admission down.
Thank you for your input @texaspg! I agree that my chances at both Texas Tech and Rio Grande are quite low.
Currently, I am trying to decide which school to denote as my top choice. I want to send my “letter of intent” and “letters of intent” soon, that’s why. I saw that according to the US News ranking, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine ranks the highest out of these colleges. However, Penn State College of Medicine has a reputation of being a good school, but has chosen to opt out of the US News ranking altogether. In your opinion, which school should I give preference to?
@Hopeful_Soul_101 Are you instate at any of these schools? Usually you have most chance instate but some schools also work better based on interviewed to admitted ratio. Please check out the attached spreadsheet to see where you get the best opportunity.
The letter of intent is kind of iffy in real usage terms if you are still trying to get an admission. You truly want to attend any medical school that would admit you so you should be sending a letter to all of them intending to attend if any admit you. You may not say that is the school you want to attend to all of them but you need to express an interest in attending if admitted.