1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125
- Full-Time Staff
- Quo Vadis Maria Webster, MA, LPC
- Premedical Adviser
(504) - 520-7437
- Part-Time Staff
- JW Carmichael, Jr.
- Director of Premed Program
- Professor of Chemistry
Follow-up After Interviews
This document was prepared to provide guidance in communicating with persons or schools with whom students applying to medical or dental school have contact.
What to Do After Interviews, Acceptances, etc.
You should be business-like, efficient, and mannerly in all communication regarding the application process (i.e. Do like your mama taught you). Specifically, you should:
- Write a thank you note to the people whom you asked to write letters of evaluation as soon as you are accepted. Tell them where you have been accepted at that time also. (Just like your mama taught you.)
- Write thank you notes to anyone you stayed with, who picked you up at the airport, etc. if you visit a school.
- Send a short thank you letter indicating your appreciation of the interview, your interest in the school, and your willingness to provide more information if necessary after an interview.
- Make certain that you follow each's school's procedure for accepting or rejecting an acceptance offer. If you turn down an offer, be very nice in doing so.
- Send a written letter withdrawing your application if you decide not to follow through with an application after you have begun (or follow their specific instructions for withdrawing your application). Don't just leave the schools hanging.
- Keep the Premedical Office informed of your acceptances. You may not care about (or even want) the publicity given to XU students accepted. However, if not, just grin and bear it for the sake of the younger students in high school or college who might aspire to become a physician or dentist because of your success.
Don't Hold Multiple Acceptances!!
It would be nice if all of your acceptances would appear at the same time so you could pick and choose from them like picking food from a smorgasbord. However, it is extremely unlikely that this will occur. Instead, acceptances are likely to appear one at a time. As a result, you will (of course) immediately accept the first after which you will be faced with choosing "school A" or "school B" then "school B" or "school C", etc. a number of times. You should not attempt to delay the process until you get all of your acceptances for a number of reasons:
- First, if a minority student holds multiple acceptances its hurts the chances of other minority students who are seeking admission. For example, at most schools there is a group of individuals who are actively working to get minority students accepted. If they indiscriminately recommend all minority students who apply, no one listens to them. Therefore, those who work for minority admissions generally try to select applicants who are both qualified and are likely to choose to attend the school if accepted. If you are one of those elected and get accepted, it isn't fair to keep the people at the medical or dental schools who are pushing for minority acceptances thinking you are holding only one acceptance when they have been working for you. Further, if you keep them holding longer than necessary, it limits their ability to look for a minority replacement.
- Second, if you hold multiple acceptances, it ruins XU's reputation and thus makes it more difficult for Xavier students to get accepted in the future. As you might expect, folks at the medical or dental schools who worked to get you in will understand if you choose to go elsewhere, but will be very upset if you are dishonest and cause them to jeopardize their ability to gain acceptance for minority students. As a result, they are less likely to accept XU students in the future. Therefore, you should deal with the medical or dental schools in a straightforward, honest manner for the sake of other Xavier students who hope to get accepted in the future.
- Third, holding multiple acceptances will probably hurt you in the future. There are few enough medical, dental, etc. schools in the country such that bad news can travel quickly from one school to the next. Therefore, it is very likely that any problems you cause will be known by people at many schools. Further, they are likely to remember it when they meet you in the future. Since the latter would limit your career, you should avoid anything which gives you a bad reputation in the medical or dental communities.
- Fourth, holding multiple acceptances can cause you to be dropped from the acceptance list of all schools. This is possible because the AAMC, AACOM, and the ADEA send the schools lists of who has been accepted--along with who is holding multiple acceptances. When the schools note multiple acceptances, all generally assume you are going somewhere else and immediately notify you that you have been dropped from their prospective class.
Please note that "I'm waiting until I know about financial aid." or "I haven't made up my mind yet." are definitely not acceptable excuses for holding multiple acceptances to medical or dental school. You can't wait until you know about financial aid because you probably won't know the specifics about financial aid until July or August. You have to assume that the $$ to pay will be there from somewhere as indicated in #13 in this series (Paying for Medical/Dental School). Further, "I haven't made up my mind yet." isn't acceptable because you have been going through the application process for six months or more--plenty of time to have thought about the schools and to have arrived at some relative ranking in terms of where you would prefer to go.
Finally, the bad factors associated with holding multiple acceptances are so severe, we in XU's Premedical Office will definitely work to remove the temptation to do so. Specifically, if we find that you are holding multiple acceptances, we ask the medical or dental schools to return your evaluations to us--that is, we withdraw your evaluations--a move which causes the schools to question whether or not they want you at all.