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Admissions Offers Are Out

May 4th, 2016 by Dr Ian Walker

This is always an exciting and somewhat bittersweet time for us.  It is a pleasure to be able to share good news, and difficult to share bad news, particularly knowing that the vast majority of applicants we reject would make perfectly good physicians.

We send out a few more offers than we have available positions, because we know that a certain number of people will, in a moment of temporary insanity, chose to go elsewhere (yes, that was a joke).  The deadline for responding to the original offer is May 27th.  We will start making offers off the waitlist when we have available positions to offer up, but it is unlikely to start much before the 27th.  Turn around time on the waitlist offers will be short – likely 5 days, given our need to move quickly in time for our early start in early July.

Unsuccessful applicants will be able to access their scores after the first day of classes, and I hope to have overall statistics prepared for the cycle shortly after that (recognizing that I still have not found time to complete the ones for last cycle.)

For those on the waitlist, we do not disclose where you sit on the waitlist under any circumstances.

Congrats to the successful, and best of luck on other applications to everyone else.

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  • Hi Dr. Walker, are you able to give us an indication on where the waitlistees stand now if we haven’t received an offer? How many available spaces are still open and how many active offers are still out there would give us a pretty good idea. Thank you!

  • Dear Dr. Walker,

    It seems some people have received offers off waitlist already. Can you tell us if you have already made the first round of waitlist offers? If not, when do youthink that might happen? Thanks!

  • Dr. Walker, did your office make 200 offers in the first round just like previous years? Is that what you meant by a few more offers than available space?


    • We make 1.2 offers for every available position. We know that a few dozen people are going to decline the offer, so it makes sense for us to keep the process moving.

  • Dear Dr. Walker,

    Approximately how many students out of the 70 IP and 12 OOP which you have said were waitlisted do you anticipate will be getting off the waitlist this year based on the # that were accepted off the WL last year? (I know the range is 35-70%, but I am guessing the # of waitlist spots has changed over the years).

    Thank you.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    Thank you for the continued transparency in the application process and for taking the time to provide information via this blog.

    I am wondering if you might be able to shed some light on the reasons why feedback for rejected applicants is not available until July.

    Last year, at least for those rejected post-interview, scores were available soon after initial offers were made in April. This was quite helpful for planning whether to reapply.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,
    I was wondering whether the deferred students from each year would take the spots from next year or they will add seats to the current class? For instance, let’s assume that we have 157 spots for 2016. If 13 students deferred their admissions from 2015, does that mean the available seats for newly-admitted applicants this year is going to be 144 (157-13= 144)?

    • Im not exactly sure how this works, but I was admitted to u of c 2 years ago and am starting this year (leaders in medicine program). They email us defer-ees about a month before admissions go out to see if we plan on starting in July (you give them a rough idea when you are accepted to LIM, but sometimes grad degrees take longer than expected so they still ask each year). I assume they do this to deduct from the number of acceptances they send out. That being said, there will inevitably be people in grad degrees here that get in this year but don’t plan on starting right away, (i know of 2 personally), so it probably balances out from year to year. Hope that helps!

  • Hi Dr Walker,
    Thank you for attempting to be as transparent as possible. It has definitely helped to lessen the stress of the unknown for me, at least a little bit.

    I am wondering if there are separate OOP and IP waitlists, or is everyone on a single waitlist? If there are not enough OOP students to fill the U of C’s maximum OOP seats, will those spots be filled by IP students?
    Thank you!

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    I am wondering how many students do you over-accept every year above the number of spots available? Thank you very much!

  • Dear Dr. Walker,

    Thank you for your updates on the blog. I have quick comment after realizing a potential concern for bias among the interviewers. I am not sure if U of C may have an internal quality assurance system/process to check the possible bias among interviewers. I wonder if something along the lines could be considered such as having a standard applicant (confidant) interview on the the same track with real applicants and assess how interviewers grade the unknown confidant.
    There may be several benefits of this approach and would potentially keep evaluators accountable and would help minimize various biases specifically, gender and race. This could be a practical and low cost quality assurance approach especially when this kind data is obtainable, analyzable and monitorable to assess personal biases. Thank you again for understanding and support for all who are involved with the admissions process.

    • Very nice idea! This sounds like something that would be incredibly useful in determining inter-rater variability in real time conditions.