I am a 30 year old medical school applicant that has a disability that is still very taboo to have as a practicing physician. Unfortunately, my undergraduate years were marred with withdrawals on my transcripts due to medical reasons. Part of the application process requires you to enter every class you have taken, the grades, and an explanation if necessary. Unfortunately, this has put me between a rock and a hard place, and I chose to do something that is considered ethical in the medical profession, and that is to be honest an open.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude, and got a 3.92 in my post bacc at NYU, as well as scoring in the 97% on the MCAT. I have been an EMT for 7 years, and am currently a researcher for Columbia. None of these previous positions has put me in the position where I would have to reveal my "disability" (which is not a disability as I require no accommodations), and I have excelled at everything I have done.
As it stands, I have not been offered a single interview
at over 30 schools for which I have applied. I also have received zero correspondence from these schools. The application process is rolling, and I applied on the first day. I have to believe that there is discrimination
bias against me, and that my rights to equal opportunity
are being infringed upon.
My question is this... Should I not be offered a single interview, would I have the legal grounds to ask my universities to delete my medical withdrawals from my record so that I am not subjected to discrimination bias.