Med School Mentionables

The medical school admissions season of 2008 is rapidly approaching. AAMC is supposed to begin accepting AMCAS applications on or about June 1, which has been the big day for the last several years. The 2008-09 Medical School Admissions Requirements is available now from AAMC. MSAR 08-09 will probably be available for less at Amazon in a few days.

I came across a succinct guide to  the medical school admissions process posted by the University of Maryland Health Professionals Advising Office. Especially if you are out of school, this guide can help you. Very practical. Lots of nuts and bolts.

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MIT Admissions Dean Marilee Jones Resigns

The New York Times reports that Marilee Jones, MIT’s undergraduate dean of admissions, has resigned after admitting that she had “misrepresented her academic degrees to the Institute.” Twenty-eight years ago, when she applied for her first position at MIT, she claimed that she had received degrees from Albany Medical College, Union College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; she had not. She also never corrected the misinformation.

It is ironic that Ms. Jones resigned because she inflated her qualifications. She has been a voice of reason in the college admissions process, arguing that the increasingly intense and all-encompassing competition for coveted admissions spots at top universities is not healthy for teens.

While Ms. Jones in the past has been an advocate for sanity in admissions, unfortunately now, she provides an example of what can happen when one lies in an application, be if for employment or admission. Those untruths can come back to haunt you. They can come back to bite you.  In a very big way.

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MBA Admissions: Event Reminders, IMD Chat

We have some excellent events in the next couple of weeks:

  • The MBA Admissions Telethon is tomorrow. If you registered, please remember to send in your questionnaire and resume. Your submission will allow us to obtain information quickly and give you as much as we can during your free consultation. If you haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for? You can have a free 15-minute consultation with an MBA admissions professional during the 2008 MBA Admissions Telethon
  • The Beautiful B-School Photo Contest ends Monday April 30. There are currently ten people eligible for 3 Amazon gift certificates of up to $200. If you have pictures of the business schools listed on our B-School Zone page, or can take pictures of those campuses and submit by Monday, you can enter your photos in the contest and be eligible for a prize. Please see the contest rules for details.
  • IMD Chat. On Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/7:00 PM Swiss time. Janet Shaner, director of MBA marketing, and a current IMD MBA student will participate in an admissions chat at Mark your calendar.
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MBA Admissions: Tips from Accepted applicants

I have been planning for the last few days to highlight several excellent posts that can benefit 2008 applicants who will soon be slaving away on their MBA application essays. While I did not plan to post this particular piece on the day that Clear Admit releases its Best of Blogging awards, that’s exactly what has happened. It is not coincidental that all the authors, recently accepted 2007 applicants, are also deserving winners of the 2006-07 Best of Blogging awards. They have done a super job. Kudos to all the winners.

The following posts provide down-in-the-trenches advice for those of you who will soon be in the authors’ shoes.

While I strongly recommend these posts for their insight into the application process and essay writing specifically, I want to issue a caution about one aspect of Iday’s advice. It’s an ironic warning for an editor to give. Iday urges applicants to have many reviewers comment on the essays. In my over ten years of reading applicant essays, I have seen the benefit and the harm done by multiple critiques. Hence the caution.

Yes, it is vital that you show your essays to others. I recommend that you show them to 1-2 people who know you well and can tell you whether they reflect You, and 1-2 people who can comment on the writing quality and help you with editing. I don’t recommend you seek feedback from a small army of people, because I have seen how too many critics can suck the life, unity, and personality out of essays. Furthermore, when you receive feedback, don’t accept it blindly; consider it thoughtfully and decide whether you want to incorporate the comment.

Other than that caution, 2008 applicants, take the advice in these posts to heart.  

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