Yeah Meharry!!!

So I had my interview at Meharry on Monday, November 13, 2006. We decided to drive up from Huntsville that morning; so to make sure we beat traffic we ( my fiancé and I) woke up around 3:30 a.m. and left for Nashville around 5:30 a.m. We arrived there around 7:15 a.m. and prepped each other with interview questions. The day overall was a lot more organized than I expected for Meharry (I had heard a lot of bad reports about the school). They provided us with breakfast and lunch which was a first for any of the schools I had interviewed at. During the breakfast we got a chance to meet the other interviewees. There were about 4 black people and 4 non-black people, so overall, the Meharry interview had the most diverse interview group. There was a small part of me that had a problem with non-black people applying to Meharry since they have 122 non-black schools to choose from, but that is all foolishness. They have every right to apply to Meharry if they believe in Meharry’s mission. There were two people who had already graduated and were doing research at the NIH in Maryland; and there was an Asian guy from UMich; and there was a white girl from the University of San Diego, and there a tall black guy from UMiami, my fiancée and I from Oakwood, etc.

After breakfast I had my interviews…all THREE of them. I was a little intimidated by the 3 interviews at first, but it was absolutely fine. My first interview was with Dr. Ballard, a well known Pathologist in the States. He was very knowledgeable, and very easy going. He just wanted to get to know me, basically asking me why Meharry, why medicine, why Oakwood, and where do you see yourself in 10 years? We also talked about malpractice and possible solutions to fix the rising healthcare costs besides moving to a universal healthcare system. My second interviewer was African, so that was nice because I had the opportunity to talk about my missionary work in the UN refugee camps. He really basically asked me all the questions from a list I guess the Admissions office gave him, so we didn’t really get into any good conversations, but it was a pleasant interview overall. My 3rd interview with a East Asian guy who was a Urology attending. This interview was the shortest one I had lasting for like 12 minutes. It seemed to go well so I didn’t worry about the short time.

After my interviews we had a financial aid session and the lady was very knowledgeable. She gave us all the basic information that I needed to know. She mentioned that the Admissions office has about 5 full scholarships for applicants, so hopefully I can qualify for that.

Overall I learned that Meharry students match into very competitive residencies in great places like orthopedics at Hopkins and Neurosurgery at Columbia. I also learned (from a doc that had been there for awhile) that Vanderbilt was like the last med school to integrate their class so it kind of makes you wonder about their dedication to diversity. I’m not knocking them, because I would still like to attend Vandy, but it kind of makes you wonder. I asked my normal gamut of questions about the amount hands on activity that 3rd year students get at Meharry, and as is the case with most black medical schools and affiliated county hospitals, you get more hands on experience than you can handle sometimes; case in point: that same day, I ran into an MS-3 Oakwood grad who had delivered a baby that day (pretty hot huh?) I really like how Oakwood is represented at Meharry also; the CEO of the Nashville General Hospital is an Oakwood grad, as well as the chief of their Emergency Medicine department is an Oakwood grad too. Meharry is a great school, and you can be whatever doctor you want if you work hard there.

And so to end it all, my fiancée and I both received this e-mail from Meharry last night (11/18/06):

Dear Future Meharrian

I am pleased to inform you of your acceptance to the first year medical class of Meharry Medical College that begins in June 2007. We sincerely hope that you will accept our invitation to obtain your medical education at Meharry and we look forward to having you join the 2011 class.

To reserve your place in this class, we must receive written notification of your intent to accept our invitation. In addition, a certified check or money order in the amount of $300 payable to Meharry Medical College. The payment must be received within 30 days of receipt of this notification. Mail the certified check or money order to:

Office of Admissions
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208-3599

Please check one of the following when you reply to this e-mail:

___I will accept your position and send my deposit.

___ I am no longer interested in attending Meharry Medical College; please withdraw my application. I will be attending ____________________________________.

Other comments (enter here)_________________________________________

Full Name and Phone #__________________________________________________

Please know that your acceptance as a member of this class is contingent upon receiving transcripts from all Colleges attended and a physical health exam must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Your official letter of offer from the Dean of the School of Medicine and additional information concerning our Freshman Orientation, Financial Aid, Student Services and other areas of interest will arrive in the mail shortly.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Ms Deborah Davis in the Office of Admissions at (615)xxx-62×3. Allen D. Mosley, Director of Admissions

So we are IIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! This is the first place that my fiancée and I have both been accepted to, so I am exceedingly happy!!! The Lord answered my prayer exactly, and I just want to testify because He can do the same for everyone. I prayed that both my fiancée and I would be accepted, and that we would find out that we had both been accepted before we flew home for Christmas break; and the Lord answered in remarkable time. He interviewed on 11/13 and heard on 11/18!!! So until we hear from Loma Linda (which is our first choice) we are headed to Meharry!!!!!!!!!!

6 Responses to Yeah Meharry!!!

  1. Kameika says:

    What caused you to apply to Meharry?

  2. Pamela says:

    I am actually heading out to Meharry for an interview towards the end of November, and it is my first interview. I just want to know: what are you up to now? which school did you end up going to? I am feeling a bit nervous, but reading that your interviews were pretty laid back is wonderful news to hear. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

  3. kebede says:

    FIrst off, I love love your blog. One of the many reasons I started a blog of my own (so that I may inspire others as you have inspired me 🙂 That said, I just got an interview to Meharry. I am super excited and nervous as this is my first interview.

    Thank you for this post. It really helps.

  4. lazioman says:

    wow. congratulations!

    lazioman.blogspot.com

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