gay in MEDICAL SCHOOL!!

  • crush09

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    Jun 10, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    i've started my application to med school. i was just wondering any med students, future meds students, doctors here.... when it came down to it... did any of you mention anything about being gay... like during your interview or your personal statements?.... i was just wondering, if it was something important that you wanted to make sure was known or was it something that didnt really matter?
  • GQjock

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    Jun 10, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    Not the time or place

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    Jun 10, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    No need to mention sexuality. GQ says...not the time nor the place for mentioning it.
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    Too bad med school apps are different. I came out in my law school applications; in fact, I believe I owe my success, in part, to it. Of course, I provided a context for it (e.g. childhood development, involvement in organizations, LGBT youth mentoring, etc).
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    My brother's a doc, he said he didn't mention it in his application. Didn't see reason why, It was irrelevant to his academic selection.


    Good luck with your application process!
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    There is no need too unless being Gay is a significant reason why you're wanting to become a Doctor, such as BlkMuscleGent mentioned for himself. Other than that, it's just another part of you, but not ALL of you!

    GOOD LUCK!!!
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    Jun 10, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    I don't think an application is really the place to mention it, unless you can incorporate it into your personal statement or activities in such a way that it demonstrates how your past experiences would make you a stronger medical student.
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    Jun 10, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm not that familiar with the med school application process. Yet I wonder--if an applicant is active within the LGBT community, and he can tie that into what he hopes to bring to the medical profession, wouldn't it make sense to mention it? Aren't all professional schools interested in putting together entering classes that are both diverse and academically talented? Who wants a med school filled with white, straight men?

    To the OP: My best friend just finished his residency in pathology at a top pathology residency program. He's also gay. I know he didn't come out in his applications, as I read his personal statement. But I'll ask him if he knows anyone that did, and I'll get back to you.
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    Jun 10, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    I'm not in med school but am a student on the medical campus of Wash U. I didn't outright mention it, but I let them know via the 'activities' part of my application (no, I didn't put 'gay sex' down as an activity). So it was indirect but clear. I'm 100% sure it helped me get in. If you can find a way to mention it indirectly go for it, but I wouldn't make it the focus of a personal statement or anything like that.
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    Jun 10, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    It's your sexual orientation.. I don't think you should.
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    Jun 10, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
    Sean_85 saidIt's your sexual orientation.. I don't think you should.


    Well the thing with these types of institutions is that other minorities do use their minority status to one-up you even if it's not willingly so (they ask you for ethnicity etc), so you might as well if you can work it in there in a good way.
  • Delivis

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    Jun 10, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    No. What a silly question. Do you see people of any other sexual orientation, be it straight or bi, feeling the need to mention it? No. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with becomign a doctor.
  • crush09

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    Jun 11, 2009 3:17 PM GMT
    thanks guys, ive been asking current med students and they all basically said, no need to mention it... but dont hide who you are either. i totally get what you guys are saying.... thanks for all the best of lucks, appreciate it!!!

    currently stressing over which schools to apply too and also my back up plans if i dont get accepted the first time around!!!