“I work in California and was invited to a medical school interview in New York in December. Is it okay if I call the other New York and East Coast schools to which I applied to ask let them know that I will be “in the area?”
I’m often asked this question this time of year. Unless a school explicitly asks you not to make contact, it is perfectly acceptable to call medical schools from which you haven’t heard to let them know you will be “in the area.” In fact, my clients have had tremendous success using this approach. When you call the admissions office, explain why you are calling and that you are trying to economize by grouping your interviews; everyone knows the medical school admissions process is expensive and understands this reasoning. Ideally, the person who answers your call will pull up your admissions file, bringing it to “the top of the pile,” expediting your review. Assuming your candidacy appeals to the reviewer, you may then be extended an interview earlier than you might have otherwise—an ideal situation.
This information is based on content in The Medical School Interview, The Residency Interview, and The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions, books that help applicants prepare for the medical admissions processes. If you want help preparing for interviews or the 2017/2018 application season, contact MedEdits.
JESSICA FREEDMAN, M.D., is president of MedEdits Medical Admissions and author of the MedEdits Guide to Medical Admissions and The Medical School Interview. Follow Dr. Freedman and MedEdits on Facebook and Twitter.