It’s kind of exciting to know that in the next twenty-four hours, a lot of pre-health students (mainly Texas residents) will have their life long dreams finally come true. 🙂 After receiving my Baylor Med acceptance, I withdrew my TMDSAS application entirely. This disqualifies me from being considered for the “Match” which will be posted at some point tomorrow. For those who don’t know how the Texas medical/dental school application service works… it’s best described as a hybrid system between rolling admissions and a match. Yeah, leave it to Texas to have such a weird system. 😉
First, we interview. After the interview, we can start receiving “early” offers (ie, acceptances before February 1st). Students who receive such offers are fortunate in that they can start planning living arrangements, transportation, etc. earlier than their soon-to-be peers. Students who interviewed at Texas schools1 but didn’t receive an early offer must “rank” the schools where they interviewed. These schools, in turn, rank the students they interviewed. Then, some computer program does its magic and “matches” the students to schools. Keep in mind that this doesn’t guarantee everyone a spot in medical/dental school (as there are many more applicants than available spots), so after match day, the rolling admissions process resumes. Unfortunately, by this point, the vast majority of available spots have been filled at all the Texas schools. To be thorough, even if a student holds one or more early offers, they should rank those schools as their top choices for the match.
Eager students are now ready to destroy the TMDSAS servers at exactly 11:59 PM, compulsively refreshing the web page until a glorious “match” is made evident. Gotta admire the mentality of us paranoid pre-health students. 😀
1Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) doesn’t participate in the Texas match. BCM is on an entirely separate application (the AMCAS), which is why I was able to withdraw my entire TMDSAS application to voluntarily disqualify myself.