When Candice called me, crying, I knew something was up. She was a great applicant, with good numbers and experiences. She had scheduled her application successfully, and was in excellent shape to be accepted to medical schools.
But when she posted her stats on StudentDoctor.net, and asked if she had a good chance to be accepted to her top-choice med schools, she got several answers that were quite pessimistic. It was a crushing moment for her, and that’s why she was so upset.
It took awhile, but I calmed her fears and reassured her that she was an outstanding applicant capable of being accepted to her top choice med schools. I explained again how we had arrived at her list of schools, walked her back through her research of each school, and reminded her that we had both agreed that her list was a good mix.
For every premed, I want to encourage you to use the great resources at StudentDoctor, but be careful of the kinds of questions you ask and take a moment to remain detached from the answers you get.
Here’s “Don’s list of things to watch out for at studentdoctor.net”
Watch out for:
Trolls – A troll is someone who will respond to your post with a volatile answer, just to get a reaction out of you, or someone else on the boards.
The uninformed – people are well-meaning, and well-intentioned, but that doesn’t mean they have great perspective or enough experience to give you really quality answers. Make sure you consider your source.
Posting from anxiety — Your anxiety will drive you to ask for reassurance from many sources; consider that an open, anonymous bulletin board environment can make it easier for some people to be cruel.
“What Are My Chances?” Forum – Premeds ask other SDN members to evaluate their chances. Be wary of the answers your receive here: Most posters base their responses on “friend of a friend” experiences that likely won’t apply to your unique situation. Check out my online self assessment “What are My Chances? For Medical School Admissions” for a professional and reliable look at your chances.