Gabe, are you by chance a URM? If you are a gringo like me, then you also are out of luck on this front, but it is something to consider.
I sincerely hope this isn’t the beginning of a negative vibe on OPM. It’s pretty rare to see folks here making excuses for not being successful in dealing with the “system” of admissions.
I agree. These kinds of anti-URM comments are unhelpful, unkind, and worst of all, inaccurate. One or two people’s anecdotes don’t make a general pattern; there are just as many people who have the opposite experience. (I’m a gringa who did get accepted to Baylor. And I’m not even a TX resident. Go figure.)
The single biggest nonacademic advantage you can possibly have going for you at ANY of the TX schools, including Baylor, isn’t having URM status. It’s being a TX state resident. The UTs each take 90%+ Texans, while Baylor takes 75% Texans. These numbers are mandated by TX state law. Would anyone really care to argue that the percentages of seats taken by URMs are anywhere near that high at any of the TX schools??? Because that’s sure not what the MSAR says.
Edit: sorry, Gabe, for contributing to the thread hijacking.
I just wanted to bring this thread over, as it’s a subject that is VERY interesting to me. My wife is from San Antonio, and I am applying to every med school in TX this summer, but am not currently a TX resident (although my wife is). UTSA would be my preferred school because of two reasons:
1. As we all know, it’s not just the med student, but the med student’s family that really are doing this for us with families, and being in SA would mean a much easier situation for my wife, and a good work situation for her helping her mom’s business.
2. I like the idea of 3rd and 4th year clinical possibilities in southern TX, with no residents, only docs, a LOT. What a great opportunity to get out of med school with nearly as much experience as after a year or even two, of residenccy.
I do intend to learn reasonably fluent Spanish by the time I attend med school probably - or as much as I can. For me, this is not difficult as I have a degree in linguistics, have a real knack for languages and speak fluent German (also used to work as a German tranlator/interpreter long ago).
Two items were quoted in this thread though - one that there’s an almost “unwritten law” that that a person needs to speak Spanish to be accepted at UTSA (I know it’s not actually named this, but it should be ), and two that Baylor takes 75% TX residents. From Baylor’s admission stats, it looks more like about 55% were TX residents last year. Are you sure about this 75% statistic? It is after all a private school, isn’t it? I know the 90% rule applies to all the other (state) med schools in TX, which really sucks for me.
I’m a little curious about any more info concerning Spanish as a language they like to see. I know they do appear to have somewhat of a mission to accept med students that they think will practice in the poorer, rural areas south of SA, and Spanish is a must for that. I’m hoping that the mention of my plan to be fairly fluent in Spanish by the time I start med school, will help me a little. My wife is half Mexican, although she doesn’t speak Spanish much better than I, since she wasn’t allowed to use it growing up.
Ah well, this is kind of a rambling post, but anyone who has something they want to add to this topic, I thought, should be doing it in a separate thread anyway… so fire away if you have something to say.