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Medical School Reject-O-Rama

Trail of a medical school candidate

Hisashi T Fujinaka

“And you thought you have rejection letters. See what Hisashi received in less than five years and over sixty attempts. His bio should inspire you not to loose heart. Try, Try and Try again son.”

Before you ask questions, do some homework. Click on some of my other links. Just because my first name is “Hisashi” doesn’t mean I wasn’t born in Portland, Oregon (I was), that I’m not a U.S. Citizen (I am), and that I’m not an Eagle Scout (I am, even though I no longer support the Boy Scouts of America.)
Just because they’ve always told you that hard work will get you your heart’s desires doesn’t mean it’s true. There’s a lot of luck involved in life and I’m kind of tapped out right now.
I can’t tell you to avoid applying to medical school. I will tell you that it, in part, had left me without a job, bitter, and without much confidence. Maybe when you’re approaching 40, you won’t be living with your parents or applying for jobs tutoring beginning computer students with a degree from MIT. But my problems are my own and anti-depressants didn’t do much to help me with it.
Good luck!
Some of the rejection letters are missing because I didn’t complete all the secondaries.

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Admission to Stanford,Harvard, MIT or other Top of the line Universities

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According to my experience :
1.All require GRE subject Test. Some claim that it is not needed but in order that your application stands out I recommend you take GRE subject Test. This will facilitate a decision in your favor.
2.They need some research work. Preferably published individually or jointly with a professor. You may even have some peer reviews. People plan this well in advance and somehow wriggle through and get their name inserted along with a professor.
3.Your field of interest should match with a professor willing to accept you as a graduate scholar.
4.Excellent Recommendations written by Professors / Superiors knowing you well and willing to write specifically about your reseach interest and scholarship. These should not be vague or general.
5.Outstanding Essays. Each School should be provided an essay specifically written for it and should not be a ‘copy-paste’ exercise.
6.Excellent GPA
7.Good GRE and TOEFL scores
8. Apply early.
9. Above all plan early about the steps required to be taken. Succesful people start taking the initial steps from Junior year. Do not wait till the Senior year.
All or some of these come to play to decide on your application.

If you are admitted by these institutes than financing your education will not be a problem.
An important observation
Admission in PhD is difficult as compared to admits to MS degree.
Universities generally require good academics and/or good research experience. If you have these you can get into a very high rank university. It is believed that good research experience can lead you to a top 1-20 ranked university.But this does not imply that academics and subject test is not given due weightage.
As you go to low rank universities (21-40) they concentrate more on academics and subject tests.Universities Ranked 41 and below concentrate on academics and experience but not subject test.
But once you get admits 80-90% of the times you get assistantships.
Academics play an important role if you don’t have experience.

A more Important Note

I am well aware that every applicant will not meet each of the criteria listed above.However if you cover about 80-90% of these you have a fair chance of admission and you must try. You may be lucky.GOOD LUCK
NBS

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Financial Aid – A New Perspective

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I have been frequently pointing out that a students admission process should not start with the premises that he will go for studies only if financial aid  is available.

Since this is the season when a student is in the process of applying I will explain this in more detail.

Let us examine the mind of  a normal student aspiring to study in America.

1. He wants to go to the best Ranked University.

Well who doesn’t?

2. He wants to get financial aid to cover his expenses at least partially if not fully.

Tell me a person without this desire.

3.He wants complete security of job placement after the completion of studies.

Every body is or should be  concerned about it.

The hierarchy of these wants need not be in the order it is mentioned.This will change according to the students circumstances.

1. If a student can afford the expenses his demand for admission in a ranked university becomes primary requirement.

2. If the student cannot afford the costs his requirement for financial aid takes precedent over admission in a top ranked university.

Every applicant can be put in one of the following situations in the grid

  Desires Finances Qualifications
1 Admit in a
Ranked School
Can Afford it Has perquisites
for admission
2 Admit in a
Ranked School
Cannot Afford it Has perquisites
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3 Admit in a
Ranked School
Cannot Afford it Does not
have the
required
perquisites

# 1 is I’m OK you are OK situation

# 2 is  I’m not OK you are Ok situation

# 3 is I’m not OK  you are not OK situation

Situation # 3 causes a lot of frustration. Why? Because at this stage the applicant cannot do anything about his credentials.

There are chances that   conflict in #1 and #2 may be resolved under certain circumstances.

So my suggestion is that every applicant should put himself in  one of the three slots mentioned above and then work out a strategy as to how to succeed.

About Costs or Financial Help

I have been emphasising  in my mails that getting financial help is very difficult and not readily available unless you adopt some professional method of selling yourself.

However I have also been saying that if a student is determined he can always find ways to overcome the situation.

There are several other means to finance your study please probe them

There are certain schools offering international students some kind of financial help.

However this will be applicable only  if you fall under situation #2 above.

Good Luck

NBS

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Are Green-Horn Applicants Acceptable by Business Schools?

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No. Decrease No Changefromprevious year Increase % admitted
2006 with one year or less experience
1 X Kellogg X 0
2 X NYU Stern X 0
3 X Texas X 0
4 X Chicago x 1
5 X Wharton x 1
6 X Georgetown x 1
7 X Michigan x 2
8 X UCLA x 3
9 X Stanford x 3
10 X Indiana x 7
11 X CMU Tepper x 10
12 Tuck X x 0
13 USC X x 0
14 Maryland X x 4
15 Notre Dame X x 8
16 Cornell X x 3
17 Purdue X x 13
18 Rochester X x 13
19 X X Darden 1
20 X X Emory 2
21 X X Columbia 3
22 X X Michigan State 6
23 X X Vanderbilt 9
24 X X WashingtonOlin 10

Source Business Week

Note: Harvard,Yale and Sloan did not provide the statistics.

Conclusion : Only four schools inducted a significant ( 10%) percentage of younger applicants.In fact seven schools reduced intake of raw without experience applicants.Young applicants are still not being welcomed by most top schools.

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Colleges focus on ‘angular’ students

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Article at Charlotte Observer

One of the buzzwords of today’s college-admissions process is “angular.”

Angular?

What does that mean?

Until the ’90s, the most successful college candidates were well-rounded high achievers, while today’s most sought-after students are referred to as “angular” or “focused.” One of the biggest mistakes students make today is not taking this new emphasis seriously.

When most parents applied to college decades ago, high school students were encouraged to dabble in a variety of clubs — be a candy striper, join the French Club, sell ads for the yearbook and be a member of the debate team, etc. Today, those “well-rounded” students would be considered “serial joiners” and would not be evaluated as enthusiastically.

‘Passion’: A hot property

Colleges are looking to build a well-rounded class with dedicated hospital interns, students who tutored younger students in French, yearbook editors and national debate winners. Colleges are less interested in jack-of-all-trades students. It’s the passion, the continued interest, and the leadership growth that intrigue and engage admissions committees. “Passion” — it’s undoubtedly the most overused word on the college admissions circuit, but that is what colleges say they are looking for. Helping students find their “passion” means guiding them to identify one, two or three interests or talents that they enjoy and will continue to pursue throughout their high school career and hopefully into their college years.

Nurture the passion, not because you think it will make the difference in being accepted to the college of their choice, but because it will help develop them into a more interesting and fulfilled person.

The reason for the change in priorities from well-rounded to angular is a growing belief among college admissions officials that commitment to an activity and the ability to do it well serve as strong predictors of success in all college endeavors. The serial joiner typically makes less of a contribution and has less of an effect than the one who is captivated and consumed by a few choice activities.

Beyond athletics

Many parents falsely believe that the only talents that interest colleges are athletics. In your effort to identify the right college “fit” for your student, explore college Web sites to see whether they offer courses, sponsor a club or compete in the “passion of choice.” All tiers of colleges are looking for achievers who can make a contribution to the college community. When considering extracurricular activities, after you’ve determined a real and sustained interest, ask yourselves if and how your student’s participation can possibly benefit a future college.

`Spike talents’ get attention

Applications from students with “spike talents” — top-tier ability or a highly original talent — tend to jump off the page. Spike talents can range from winning the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search to playing first oboe in the state orchestra. It is important to note, however, that spike talents will never make up for less-than-stellar grades for admission to the most selective colleges.

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Who is Applying? What Schools and Why?

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Are you thinking of applying to college or university over the next few years? Do you have any friends, family or co-workers who are? SkoolPool is a new, free Facebook application that lets you show your friends what schools you are looking at –and why! Plus, if they add SkoolPool to their own profiles then you can see where they are applying too! It’s quick and easy, and totally free – so please take a second to check it out and let us know what you think.

SkoolPool takes the school choice conversation to the next level. Students are able to rank their institutions. They can notify friends and schoolmates when they decide to finally apply to schools, and again when they receive acceptances and when they make their final decision of where to go in September 2008.

SkoolPool lets students show off the schools they are applying to:

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The Times Higher World University Rankings 2007

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