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5 Steps to take before you re-apply for medical school
Did you know that when you apply to medical school, the odds are actually against you? According to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, fewer than half of applicants to U.S. medical schools receive acceptance letters. And within the 50-60% that aren’t accepted, many don’t even get extended an interview invitation.
If you are worried or find yourself with no medical school interviews this spring, it’s wise to think about your next steps and to evaluate what you can do to strengthen your application.
Here are 5 steps to take before you re-apply to medical school…
- Review your application. If you’ve applied to medical school, but didn’t receive as many interview invitations as you hoped, there’s probably something in your application that could be killing the interview offers. Take time to assess the quality of your application and to see how competitive it is in relation to your peers. Do you have the research and/or work experience? Did you excel in your required academic classes or receive a high enough MCAT score? Remember to review your personal statement as well. Make sure it explains clearly why you want to become a doctor and make sure you haven’t overshared any personal information that could be a red flag. Have a trusted mentor or advisor review your application for you. At Code Blue Essays, we offer classes and training on how to write a strong personal statement, as well as medical school reapplication services.
- Consider other options. If it’s not too late in the application cycle, consider applying to other medical schools that have rolling admissions or later deadlines. Some medical schools in the Caribbean have later deadlines, or if you have connection to in-state schools, you may be able to apply later in the application cycle.
- Consider a master’s degree. Most medical school interviews are offered between October and January, and wrap up by March. If you don’t have any or have very few by now, begin looking at the year ahead as a gap year to boost your application and strengthen yourself as a candidate for future application cycles. One way to do this is to look into master’s programs. This can be specifically helpful for applicants with less competitive GPAs. Earning a master’s degree can provide you with opportunities to enhance your academic training, research skills and to network with other professionals in the medical field. Studying and performing well in your courses could also help your MCAT score.
- Consider getting a job that will enhance your resume. While you’ve got some time to kill, look for positions that are paid but also help strengthen your resume, work and research experience. A job like a medical assistant or EMT is a great way to learn how to work alongside health care personnel and with patients. Another great position is a medical scribe. Scribing will help you form relationships with doctors and learn how to document patient visits, understand terminology and learn about different treatment plans. Check out our blog post to learn more about what other job experience medical schools like to see on your application.
- Consider an alternative career path. If you have faced rejection and have fear of the future, that is perfectly normal! If you don’t want to wait to re-apply, or fear rejection again, that is okay too. Sometimes things work out for a reason, and this rejection may just be opening another door for a career that might be a better fit! Some students apply to nursing school or physician assistant (PA) school. A physician assistant program involves classroom, lab study and clinical practice, and is typically a three year program. Students complete over 2,000 hours of clinical rotations and most PAs have similar job duties to physicians because most examine patients, diagnose health conditions and even develop treatment plans. Many work together with doctors in fields such as surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, family practice and more. Our team at Code Blue Essays can help advise you on future career choices if that is something you’re considering. Our editors and coaches are physicians and work to help guide students applying to medical schools, residencies, fellowships, graduate programs, nursing programs, dental programs and more!
The time in between your application and acceptance into medical school can be stressful and confusing–especially if you have faced rejection. But in the end, don’t give up on your dream. You might be feeling disheartened this application season, but that doesn’t mean to give up! Getting an acceptance letter is hard for any applicant. You may just need to try a different approach when re-applying to medical school!
Our team at Code Blue Essays can help you evaluate your medical school application and provide guidance and advice on re-applying to medical school.
Our Reapplication Services include:
- Reviewing your previous application
- Identifying weaknesses
- Suggestions for improvement
- Review of your primary application short answers
- Personal statement editing
- Secondary essay editing and more!
Call us today for more information!