Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rejection Letter

Despite being so completely awesome, I did get my fair share of rejection letters when I was applying to medical school. However, there were a few times when the tables were turned, and I had to tell a medical school that wanted me that I wasn't interested in them. I crafted the following letter to send them:


Dear Medical School:

With sincere regret, I am writing to share what I believe will be disappointing news. I have considered with care your school for admission. Unfortunately, because of the rigorous competitiveness of the medical schools that have accepted me this year, I am unable to attend your school.

I very much appreciate the time and effort you have spent crafting and compiling your brochure and application materials, and the interest you have shown in me. The fact that I am only one person dictates that I must limit my enrollment to a frustratingly small proportion of those seeking my enrollment. I can assure you that your school was considered with thoroughness and care despite this disappointing outcome. I commend you for your patience during this interview season, and I am aware that my words may do little to assuage your disappointment.

In closing, I wish to express my regret that all medical schools can't be allowed to fulfill their aspiration of educating me at their fine institutions. Because of your excellent medical facilities, it is my hope that you will find the students you seek for your class of 20xx and beyond, be it as a medical school, or else maybe as a dental school or clown college or something.

Yours sincerely,
Fizzy


Feel free to use it if you need to.

20 comments:

  1. I really hope no ones takes this advice. Many people on admissions committees are MDs who may or may not also be part of some residency selection processes and many fields are quite small. You never know who you might rub the wrong way with a response like this.

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  2. Haha will sure send a modified copy to the gyn. I was in love with them but their attitude did change my mind. They lost me;)

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  3. Applying now, I understand the desire to send it. I do understand. I mean, I'm not going to but I really do understand.

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  4. Uh I'm pretttttttty sure this is a joke, guys...

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  5. a) I vote this is a joke!! …

    b) Also, Fizzy made it successfully through residency and has a job. I think she's okay.

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  6. Yes it's a joke! Too subtle?

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    1. I wasn't sure actually. I did think that it would be awesome if it were true...

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    2. I thought it was readily apparent it was a joke. At the level of entering pre-med student medicine is too interconnected to run with that kind of dream.

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  7. LOL, I was recently rejected and this made my day, thanks :D

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  8. LOL! This is hilarious. One of my favorite blog posts ever :)

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  9. hahaha! Got a fair share of rejections letters this cycle and was laughing hard reading this. The sad part though is that sending this* to schools who have accepted me wouldn't give me any satisfaction -- after all, they were the nice ones who wanted me.

    *yes, I realize it's a joke!

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  10. I liked how you "turned the tables" on this one Dr. Fizzy. Yes, it's the applicant's turn to offer their "sympathies" for rejecting (is that too harsh a term?) the medical school."The rigorous competitiveness" and "frustratingly small proportion" are just some of the common phrases medical schools apply to those who didn't make the cut. However, you save the best for last. Yes, in closing, it's time to offer some "sage advice" for the one who has been rejected: perhaps you overreached and
    should consider dental school or some other school for that matter (clown school?).
    Very subtle, Dr. Fizzy. Like a hammer! (lol) I tip my hat.
    - Paul

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  11. By the way, I received one of those "kill you with kindness" rejection letters when
    applying to various universities many moons ago. And yes, the letter closed with
    a parting shot advising me to set my sites lower. Of course it was phrased in a
    very delicate manner.
    Spoiler Alert: I saved myself many thousands of dollars by not attending their "elite"
    university, and somehow managed to get an education too!
    - Paul

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    1. Oops: I meant to type set my sights lower. Ugh.

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  12. With my fancy (/cough) 3.9 at a major uni for pre-med courses, I got told by a professor (of another uni) that I should consider "teaching or something more age appropriate" ... seriously. AGE APPROPRIATE?!?! you mean like "cane manufacturing?!?!?!?" lol - Fizzy, you crack me up

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  13. Brilliant rejection letter, sadly we would never get the chance to do this in the UK, as it is all done via accept/reject options online :(

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  14. Clown College? You can't eat that!

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  16. I'm kinda jealous as I've been rejected by 20 schools and wait listed at two this cycle !!

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