Medical School Admissions
January 20, 2009 7:35 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: I am in interviewing at medical schools, and I am considering writing a letter of intent, but am unfamiliar with the protocols, expectations, and ramifications...
posted by Science! to Education (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How much of a difference does writing a letter of intent make in the selection process and what are the ramifications (in medical school, while applying for residencies, and beyond) of backing out of a letter of intent?
I recently interviewed at a top tier, widely known medical school (A), and they will be reviewing my application in February. In the last few days (almost unexpectedly) I was also invited to interview at another top tier school (B) at the very end of February. Of course I would love to attend one of these schools, and from my research (culture, environment, location, academic structure, etc) I think my first choice will be school B. However, for various reasons I think that I have a better chance of being admitted to School A than School B. This guess is based on the date of my interviews (School B interview is only two weeks before March 15, when med schools have filled their slots), and my guess that School A is more selective in choosing who they interview. Because both of these schools are very selective, I want to write a letter of intent in order to bolster my application to School A, but if I am later selected for a position at School B I am likely to go there instead.
Boiled down: Do letters of intent help medical school applicants that have not been placed on a wait list, and what happens when an applicant backs out of the statements made in that letter? I am well aware of, and wrestling with, the morality of stating that I will attend School A when I have my doubts. I am trying help my chances of getting in to School A as much as I can, since my interview with School B is so late in the process. Also, will a letter of intent to either school affect my position at School C, a state university where I have already been interviewed and accepted?