What to do if you have no medical school invites

No medical school interview invites? What can you do next?

No medical school interview invites?

AMCAS application – check.  Secondary essays – check.  Now it’s the long waiting game of hearing back from various medical schools for the coveted interview invitation.  But what if the application cycle is not going according to plan? What if you are still waiting to hear back from many medical schools for an interview invite or some type of formal decision about your med school application? Or worse, what if you have no medical school interview invites?  Don’t fret too much.  Many other applicants are in your shoes. We know many applicants who receive medical school invites in February and even as late as March.

Starting November of each year, we start getting emails from students who are worried that they have not yet received a medical school interview invitation.

If you haven’t received any medical school interview invites …

Do not panic.  The first thing to remember about the application process is that timelines are often flexible. While there is an “aggressive” timeline that follows what we would recommend for a medical school applicant, unexpected things do come up and it is important to be able to weather these challenges with poise.

  • If it is November: DO NOT PANIC. Many medical school invites are given in December and January. We recommend in almost all instances that you should wait patiently.
  • If it is December: Now is the time you should start thinking about sending medical schools update letters.
  • If it is January: Continue to send your update letters to schools you have not heard back from or that you are wait-listed. If you are waitlisted at several medical schools, contact us and we can help you determine whether to send a medical school update letter, medical school letter of interest, or medical school letter of intent.
  • If it is February: Our team recommends that you still try to keep in touch with schools you have not heard back from yet.  If you are waitlisted at your top choice medical school, then you should send a letter of intent. If you don’t have any interview invites at all yet, start analyzing your application and begin considering whether and when you will be re-applying to medical school. While it’s still possible to get last minute interview invites during this month, it is less likely.

For medical school interviews, In the mean time, there are a few things you can do to enhance your application. We’ll outline how to take action in the next section.

3 Things You Can Do While Waiting For A
Medical School Interview

There are several ways you can be proactive to receive a medical school interview invite.

1. Send an update letter about your activities, jobs, awards, and new medical publications

Medical schools appreciate applicants who are actively trying to improve their case for acceptance. An update letter containing the above topics could be just enough to push you over the edge to land a medical school interview. Activities and awards are important because they show leadership, passion, and drive. Be sure to include short descriptions about new leadership roles and updates about your activities. New publications serve as additional proof of how interested you are in the research aspect of medicine, and substantive research can dramatically improve your candidacy.

Other than the sample medical school update letter below, we wrote a blog post recently on how to write an effective medical school update letter. 

No Medical School Interview Invite Tip: Read our blog post Medical School Update Letter: What. When, How & Why

Medical School Update Letter Example

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2. Send the medical school admissions committee a letter telling them you will be in the area and that you are very interested in their school

This is especially pertinent to students who are doing some portion of his or her gap year abroad, or if you are studying abroad your senior year fall semester.

It’s important to remember that the admissions office is not a black box – admissions offices are staffed by real people who care about selecting the best fit applicants for their school. They also are quite reasonable when it comes to respecting applicants’ travel schedules and the challenges of going on medical school interviews around the country. Oftentimes, if a candidate is in the area, the school will allow them to come and interview if they have already traveled great distances to interview at another school (or even if you happen to be in the area at the time). You can send a letter or an email in advance of your travel, expressing interest in interviewing at the medical school of your choice. If you receive a favorable response in return, you can adjust your travel accordingly and get your interview. This strategy does not always work, but it’s a win-win situation when it does. The important thing is to make an effort!

No Medical School Interview Invite Tip: Remember, don’t just tell the school you will be in the area. Mention a few key aspects about the school that make it one of your top choices.

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3. Some Medical Schools Allow You to Send An Appeal

This is increasingly rare. But, some medical schools allow you to appeal a rejection decision. Actively keep communication open with the schools that didn’t grant you a medical school interview, and if there is an appeals process in place, take advantage of it to have the admissions committee take one more look at your application! Even if there is no formal appeals process mentioned on a school’s website, if you are particularly interested in a school it may be worth asking if there is an appeals process and supplying a brief statement for why they should reconsider. A thoughtful letter to the admissions office just might make a difference to help you land a medical school interview. We have also seen letters of recommendation writers or pre-med advisors at certain schools write appeal letters/emails to the medical schools’ Admissions offices.

If you are placed on hold for a medical school interview invite, we absolutely recommend sending a letter of interest to the medical school admissions committee. We have helped dozens of applicants each year receive 

No Medical School Interview Invite Tip: Before you send any correspondence, including an appeal letter or an update letter, do some homework: look online or call ahead to acquire the name of the admissions coordinator. 

Need help or worried about your application?

Each year, several students contact us because they are worried, “I have no medical school interview invites.”

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team can help evaluate your application and help you figure out:

  1. When to update the medical school admissions committees
  2. What to tell each medical school admissions committee
  3. Other strategies to express your interest to the medical school

Email us at info@crackingmedadmissions.com with your concern or fill out the contact page below. You can read more information about our update letter package here.

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