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Tips for wait-listed med school applicants

MSUCOM’s admissions director provides words of wisdom for wait-listed students hoping to get into med school.


Premeds: When you learn you’re on a medical school’s waiting list, you may initially be discouraged. But think twice before you curl up on the couch with a blanket, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and Netflix.

A waitlist offer confirms that a school believes you have the potential to become a successful physician, wrote Katherine M. Ruger, EdD, the director of admissions for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, in a recent article for U.S. News and World Report.

In the article, Dr. Ruger provided several tips for wait-listed students, including the following:

  • Send the school a letter of intent expressing your gratitude for being considered for its next medical school class.
  • If possible, attend any open houses or campus visit days and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to admissions staff. Your enthusiasm will reflect positively on you.
  • Check your email frequently because schools often email students to let them know they’re officially accepted.

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