I have taken today off from preparing for the USMLE to call 80+ US medical schools. This is in the hopes that they are accepting applications for transfer into their 2nd or 3rd years. It’s not fun and I am assured by students that have done it themselves that it is good to do because it “builds character.”
“Do you accept applications from foreign medical students?”
“No. Wait, are you a resident of this state?”
“No, I’m not.”
“Then hell no.”
Repeat 80 times. So much character I need a drink. It’s a shame that life is filled with stories of people being told “no” a hundred times before hearing a single, life-changing “yes” because it’s that possibility that keeps me trudging along when I’d rather not. I already have a list of 15 schools that I know will take my application; the rest of this is just masochism.
Of course, it’s just a bunch of secretaries on a phone somewhere. I’ll get over it.
These folks saved themselves the trouble of my phone call:
Q: Are students from “off-shore” medical schools eligible?
Q: Are students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in a foreign medical school recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) eligible?