You applied unsuccessfully for 2008. You want to apply again, but is now the right time? Would it be advantageous to wait another year or two? You can’t answer these questions without answering some others, such as:
*How far did you get last year? Were you placed on any waiting lists? Were you invited for any interviews?
*When you take an objective look at your academic record and MCAT scores, can you say that they’re as strong as they need to be?
*Did you send your AMCAS application early and complete secondary applications promptly, or were you at or near the back of the pack?
*Was your choice of schools appropriate given your GPA, MCAT scores and state residency?
If you can say truthfully that all was in order but you were later than you should have been (perhaps as evidenced by your having made it to some waiting lists), you have a green light to reapply immediately. Similarly, if your grades are good but the MCAT was a disaster due to illness or a family emergency or because you took the test unprepared, take the test again and proceed with the application process. If your choice of schools was poor (too few schools, too many high-end schools), try again now with realistic selections.
On a less encouraging note, reapplying immediately is NOT a good idea if your academic record is the problem. You may very well improve it with additional courses or a post-baccalaureate program, but not in time for immediate reapplication. It will be months before you have new grades and new letters of recommendation available to send, and significant new information is what medical schools want from someone they’ve seen before.
Do yourself a favor and get into your best possible shape before you apply again.
If you would like help in evaluating your qualifications, Joan would be happy to provide a medical school application review. As a pre-med advisor for 18 years at the University of Rochester, she has seen what works and what doesn’t.