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What to do if You are Waitlisted at a Medical School?

Being waitlisted at the medical school of your choice can be an incredibly frustrating experience. The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your chances of acceptance! The most important thing for you to do is to keep the admissions committee of the school at which you are waitlisted aware of your continued interest.

There are a few ways you can do this. The first is to call and check for updates on the status of your application. You may feel annoying, but if you are polite and patient with them, the worst impression you can make is that you are extremely interested in their school! Another option for keeping in contact with the admissions committee is to update them on your activities, honors, etc. You can send email updates or use an online application system to do this – talk to the school and figure out which they prefer.

The last and MOST IMPORTANT thing to do when you are waitlisted is to write letters of interest and/or of intent. Letters of interest are brief, formal reiterations of your continued interest in a school. Do not exceed one page. Letters of intent are declarations that a school is your first choice and that if they accept you would attend. You should explicitly state this. Letters of intent are not binding, but it is unethical to write them to more than one school. Honesty and integrity are key qualities for medical students to have, so you should observe this unspoken rule, no matter how badly you want to get off of the medical school waitlist. Schools usually prefer email, but talk to the admissions office to find out to whom you should be addressing them to and how they would like for you to send it. You can call and ask when the admissions committee will next meet to review applications and time the sending of your letters accordingly.