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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.

Select a year to see the letter

School

State

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1995

1994

1993

UCLA CA

1998

UCSD CA

1994

UCSF CA

1998

USC CA

1998

1995

George Washington University DC

1998

1995

Georgetown University DC

1998

1995

1994

Howard University DC

1998

1995

Emory University GA

1994

Morehouse University GA

1995

Chicago Medical School IL

1998

1995

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine IL

1995

Northwestern University IL

1998

1995

1994

Rush University IL

1995

Tulane University LA

1998

1995

1994

Boston University MA

1998

1994

Harvard University MA

1994

Tufts University MA

1998

1995

1994

University of Maryland MD

1994

USUHS MD

1995

St. Louis University MO

1998

Washington University in St. Louis MO

1998

1994

University of North Carolina NC

1994

Creighton University NE

1998

1994

Dartmouth College NH

1995

1994

Albert Einstein NY

1998

Columbia University NY

1998

Cornell University NY

1998

Mt. Sinai NY

1998

NYMC NY

1998

University of Rochester NY

1998

Case Western Reserve University OH

1998

Medical College of Ohio OH

1998

Oregon Health Sciences University OR

1998

1995

1994

1993

Jefferson PA

1998

1995

MCP/Hahnemann PA

1998

1995

University of Pennsylvania PA

1994

Meharry Medical College TN

1995

Vanderbilt University TN

1994

Eastern Virginia Medical School VA

1995

Medical College of Virginia VA

1995

University of Vermont VT

1995

University of Washington WA

1994

Medical College of Wisconsin WI

1998

1995


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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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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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University Performance – US still dominates

Says BBC

Four of the top 10 are British and the rest American. Harvard is top and Yale, Oxford and Cambridge joint second.

University College London breaks into the top 10 for the first time and Imperial College London rises to fifth.

The annual survey by the Times Higher Education Supplement and careers and education group QS ranks according to factors including academics’ opinions.

University College London rose from 25th position last year to ninth.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was joint fourth last year but falls to 10th place, while Stanford falls from sixth position to 19th.

Another US university which tumbles in the rankings is the University of California, Berkeley. It was rated eighth last year but drops to 22nd place this year.

Asia

The rankings are based on a number of factors including the opinions of academics and of companies employing graduates, international student and staff numbers, and research.

The managing director of QS, Nunzio Quacquarelli, said the rankings recognised the quality of education that UK universities offer.

He said: “In an environment of increasing student mobility, the UK is putting itself forward as a top choice for students worldwide.

They are taking a closer look at the quality of faculty, international diversity and, of course, the education they will receive there.”

Asian universities improved their standing but European institutions outside of the UK fell back, the survey said.

Last year there were 41 European universities in the top 100, but in this year’s table there are 35.

The president of Universities UK, Professor Rick Trainor, said: “As this table shows, the world standing of UK higher education is at the very top.

“This is due to the high quality of our research and teaching.

“Our competitors are increasingly marketing themselves more aggressively so it is vital that the UK remains among the foremost destinations for international students and staff.”

The Top 10 in full is:

1 Harvard University (US)
2 University of Cambridge (UK)
2 University of Oxford (UK)
2 Yale University (US)
5 Imperial College London (UK)
6 Princeton University (US)
7 California Institute of Technology (US)
7 University of Chicago (US)
9 University College London (UK)
10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)

Story from BBC NEWS

Concerns of an Admission Committee Member

When studying your folder, we are primarily interested in your potential to do independent research:

  • Past research. This is the best evidence of research potential, so please let us know in detail about any original research that you may have done already. Emphasize what was new and important about the problem and what creative or unusual steps you took to solve it. You may wish to include copies of published or unpublished papers.
  • Intellectual qualities. We also look for other evidence that you are skilled, creative, and persistent at solving problems. We take letters of recommendation very seriously — and if we are considering you seriously, we will probably contact your recommenders to discuss your intellectual qualities. Thus, the most useful recommendations come from professors or researchers who have discussed ideas with you and know how your mind works.Of course, we also consider your grades, since most strong researchers are also able to do well in classes. (However, doing well in classes does not prove that you will have the creativity and initiative to find new problems and new solutions.) If your grades are mixed, please tell us why.We don’t like to rely too much on the GRE, because it is just an artificial one-day exam. Very high GRE scores are most useful if your recommendations and grades come from a lower-ranked institution: your high GRE will reassure us that you will shine as brightly here as you did there. Surprisingly low GRE scores on an otherwise strong application may just be a fluke, so they do not disqualify you, but they will make us check your application for other signs of weakness. Most of our applicants do not take the GRE subject test unless they want to establish that they know CS despite having a non-CS major.
  • Relevant academic background. We sometimes do take exceptional students whose interest in NLP exceeds their background in it. However, we are very interested to learn about your past coursework, class projects, or original research in natural language processing, machine learning (including data mining, probability, or statistics), linguistics, or search/optimization. A good background in any of these areas will help you start doing research here immediately, and will give you a useful perspective as you take classes in the other areas.
  • Technical skills. While recognizing that different people have different strengths, I look for evidence of certain skills that are relevant to research in my lab:
    • Programming ability, part 1 — strength at building complicated systems and otherwise making software work well.
    • Programming ability, part 2 –strength at designing new algorithms or data structures.
    • Mathematical ability — strength at formalizing ideas, proving theorems, and reading mathematically dense papers. This may be indicated by strong grades (or advanced coursework) in pure or applied math or theoretical CS.
    • Linguistic ability and interest — a sensitivity to the nuances of sentences or words (their internal structure, meaning, and sound or written expression). This may be indicated by coursework in linguistics, a serious interest in writing, knowledge of multiple languages, etc.
    • Writing, speaking, and teaching ability — Basic skills that you will need to succeed as a researcher.
  • Quality of technical discussion. If I’m your advisor, we’ll be having lots of intense technical discussion over several years. Many of your research ideas, as well as mine, will be born in such discussions. Furthermore, I’ll probably ask you to write them up afterwards in an email.You will also spend a lot of time throwing ideas around with the other grad students. So it is important that you are articulate (in English), energetic, and interesting to talk to.Therefore, before recommending you to the admissions committee, the CLSP faculty will want to spend several hours talking with you, either in person or (for foreign students) over the phone. We want to see that you will pick up new ideas, draw connections to things you already know, ask good questions, and reply with ideas of your own.
  • These notes are  from Prof. Jason Eisner, Computer Science Dept. and Center for Language and Speech Processing, Johns Hopkins University

Dont’s while in USA

It’s the time of year when the streets of Morningside Heights, Greenwich Village and a few other neighborhoods are filled with new, unfamiliar faces: college freshmen. Various guides on paper and on the Internet tell these students what they should see and do in their new hometown.

Here, then, is the opposite, from the staff writers of The New York Times: a list of things they should not do.

Don’t fall asleep on the subway

Don’t drink too much beer and use the street as a toilet

Don’t ask a cabbie (or anyone else) to take you to “HUGH-ston” Street

Don’t play chess for money with the hustlers in Washington Square Park

Don’t try to swim in the River

Don’t count on following the highway signs to get to Yankee Stadium.

Don’t spend money on condoms

Don’t order bottled water

Don’t light up in a bar

For an Explanation of the above GO TO