First of all don't be sorry for ranting and raving. That is what this place is for. And you are probably right that there shouldn't be a comparrison with patient care and MEIO. However, just because this process gets you upset doesn't mean that someone else would get upset at all. They might just figure that's the way it is and be patient. If you were applying for med school in the states for fall of 04 you wouldn't even have an answer yet. They typically do not get their answers until late February through April.
That said, it does suck that MEIO is jerking you around. I visisted AUC last May and met with all the professors on the admissions committee. Then when I started to have some major problems with the admissions process I contacted two of the Prof's on the Committee and told them what was happening. One went straight to the Dean of Basic Sciences, Thurmon(sp) and said that everything was going to change, the other one I contacted wrote me back a response to my cordial Hello email but when I told that person what was going on they never responded once to any more of my emails. Everything I explained was explained in a professional manner and not rude.
So there you go one told me everything was going to be taken care of the other never responded back. Once this happend they switched my admissions officer to one that appeared to have everything together. And I was finally accepted on Dec. 18th after six and a half months of waiting.
So my point for telling you this is, is that I tried to get things changed and I think that one of the Profs on the committee looked at me as a trouble maker and made me have to then go through an Interview. I have a 3.47 GPA, 3.68 sciences, 26 MCAT, eleven years critical care medical experience, and eight gleaming letters of recommendations six from highly respected physicians and two from my medical committee PhD's here at my school. Did having all this make the admissions process easier for me? Freak no!! It sucks, it sucks it sucks!!! But what could I do? I said my peace and I was still given the run around.
Maybe AUC and MEIO feels that if you are applying to their school you must not be able to get into an American school so, therefore, they can do what they please to you. It doesn't make it right its just the way it is.