I have spent the past several weeks working on updates for the book and have had a number of great conversations with directors of BS/MD programs. However, several conversations I had created a concern that I wanted to pass on to you.
More than one director mentioned the problem they have with parents who are too involved. They don’t mind the occasion question from a student or parent but when they get multiple phone calls or emails in a short period of time it starts to work against the student. Why?
Medical schools are very concerned about admitting students who really want to be doctors. When parents have too much involvement medical schools begin to wonder if it is the student who wants to be a doctor, or whether the parents are pushing the student. This is particularly an issue with Asian students because of the perception that these students are very driven.
Many qualified students do not get admitted to BS/MD programs because of the intense competition. But don’t put your child at a disadvantage by being too involved in the process.