More than 360 prospective students received acceptance letters from the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine – but they felt sick to their stomachs when they found out they were sent in error, according to a report.
“Soon after the emails were sent, a technical error was discovered and the letters of acceptance were withdrawn by email,” the Minnesota-based school said on its website.
Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, the admissions dean, told CNN that the school delivered the bad news to the 364 applicants by phone about three hours after Thursday’s misfires.
“It’s awful,” he told the network, adding that the prestigious school offers admission to only 46 students – and always over the phone.
“We’re still not clear how this happened and we’re so upset for these folks,” Bostwick added.
Due to the glitch, everyone who had interviewed was offered admission.
“We deeply regret having caused disappointment and stress to these applicants, and we are continuing to investigate the issue,” the school said on its website.
Angry applicants lashed out at the school and vented in social media.
“Just sent them an email withdrawing my application,” one person wrote on the nonprofit site The Student Doctor Network, CNN reported.
“I know not everyone is in a position to do that, but if you do have options, I’d think about what this whole mess says about Mayo’s treatment of their applicants and students,” the user wrote.
Another person suggested a more positive bedside manner.
“Unpopular opinion time: I don’t think it’s fair to drastically change your opinion of the school based on this incident,” the user said. “Suggesting that this mistake means you would be treated poorly as a student does not make sense.”
The medical school is ranked ninth in the US for research, according to US News & World Report.
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