If you said this when you got up today, your first assignment is a quick reality check. Did you complete your applications in early August or three weeks ago? If you submitted your medical school application later rather than earlier, you’re in for a longer wait. Admissions committee members who were only reviewing applications in July and August are now reviewing AND interviewing AND convening to make final decisions.
If your applications were wrapped up eight weeks ago, is there anything you might do to speed up the process? Possibly. If a school has indicated that applicants are welcome to keep in touch and submit new information, call, or e-mail (use the school’s preferred mode of communication) the Admissions Office and ask whether/when you might expect to be offered an interview. If you’ll be home during the coming holiday season and some of your schools are in the general vicinity, mention that and ask if you might arrange an interview during that time. (You might also try this tactic if you’ve applied to several schools in a given city and have an interview invitation from one.)
If you’re thinking of sending new information, make sure it really is new and will enhance your application. If you have recent achievements in academics, work or activities, let the schools know. If you are or were a science major and your academic recommendations were from science faculty, consider requesting a letter from a humanities or social science instructor who knows you and can describe you and your work with enthusiasm. If you’re still in school, don’t forget to have updated transcripts sent off at the end of the marking period.
By Joan Davis, Accepted editor.