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Any advice on yield protection for med school applications?

Hey everyone! I've been hearing a lot about 'yield protection' when it comes to applying to medical schools. Can someone help me understand what it is and if there's any strategy to avoid having my application disadvantaged by it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

7 months ago

Yield protection is a term used to describe the practice where medical schools may reject or waitlist highly-qualified applicants in favor of applicants with slightly lower credentials. The rationale behind this practice is that medical schools are trying to maintain a high yield rate – the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend the school – by admitting applicants who are more likely to accept the offer. Schools might assume that highly-qualified applicants may receive multiple acceptances and ultimately choose to attend a more prestigious institution.

To minimize the impact of yield protection on your application, consider the following strategies:

1. Demonstrate interest in the program: Proactively research each medical school you're applying to, familiarize yourself with their missions and values, and show genuine enthusiasm in your application materials. During interviews, emphasize why you're interested in attending that particular school, by explaining how their specific resources align with your career goals and overall values.

2. Tailor your application: Customize your personal statement, secondary essays, and other application materials to the specific medical school you're applying to. Like in your interviews, explain how the school's programs, opportunities, or faculty align with your interests and experiences.

3. Apply Early Decision: Submitting an Early Decision application demonstrates your strong commitment to a specific school and may increase your chances of being accepted.

4. Develop connections: Reach out to current students, alumni, or faculty at the medical school to learn more about their experiences and cultivate relationships that may serve as advocates for you during the admissions process. Attend open houses, webinars, or other events held by the school to demonstrate your interest.

5. Send a letter of intent: If you're waitlisted, consider sending a letter of intent to the school expressing your strong desire to attend, outlining why you'd be a great fit, and reaffirming that the school is your top choice. However, only send a letter of intent if you are truly certain you'll attend that school if admitted.

Finally, do be aware that some schools may not practice yield protection or may be less influenced by demonstrated interest. You don't control any particular school's admissions practices, but you do control how polished your own application is, so it's important to focus on putting together a strong, well-rounded application, maintaining a high GPA, and performing well on the MCAT to give yourself the best chance at admission to the program of your choice, yield considerations and all.

Good luck!

7 months ago

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