Rejected from Medical School? Whats Next?
The summer I realized I was not going to matriculate directly from undergrad to medical school was a pivotal moment in my medical career. It forced me to reflect on what I wanted to accomplish with my life, and what I was willing to do to achieve my goals. That summer of reflection started with an interview for a job that I thankfully did not get. The job interview went something like this:
"Why do you think you didn't you get into Medical School?"- Interviewing MD, with big research lab
"Well... I must not have had a high enough GPA or MCAT scores."- Me
"Do you plan to re-apply?"- Interviewing MD,with big research lab
"Well, how is working here going to fix your GPA or MCAT scores?"- Interviewing MD
"Well I think it will add value to my application in other areas to off set my GPA and MCAT scores."- Me.
What I failed to realize at the time is that this physician, although insensitive, was not necessarily trying to be cruel. It was a question I had to answer; why had I not gotten accepted, and how was I going to fix it before the next application cycle? I was not going to fix it by adding more rat dissections to my already massive repertoire of horrible research assistant gigs.
This is an important question for all rejected pre meds to answer, and not be scared or embarrassed of. If the issue is your GPA, there are tactics to bump this up. If it's the MCAT, there is a threshold under which you can't fix your application with padding and optimizing strategies. This is a compilation of most common reasons applicants fail to get accepted [...]