This interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at the med school application process. And now for a follow up interview with our anonymous video blogger, MedSchoolApplicant. (We first met MSA last year – you can read our first interview with her here.)
Accepted: Last we spoke, you were evaluating your med school dings and preparing to reapply. What stage of the application process are you now up to as a reapplicant?
MedSchoolApplicant: I have yet to actually reapply. After evaluating my application, I realized there were some things I needed to fix before submitting it a second time. Otherwise my application would look practically identical to my first one, which is something I want to avoid. As of right now, I’m taking a “break” to get those things in top shape.
Accepted: What would you say went wrong the first time around, and what steps are you taking this time to ensure your acceptance?
MedSchoolApplicant: Honestly, I think the biggest flaw in my application was my undergraduate GPA. It’s not terrible, but by medical school standards, it’s certainly not great. Since I cannot go back and retake those classes, I was advised to look into options for graduate school and that’s exactly what I’ve done. The goal is to focus and do really well so that my graduate GPA will show admissions committees that I am capable of handling the course load in medical school. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health and it’s been really great! I am excited to combine the knowledge I am learning now with all that will come during medical school.
Accepted: How’s your vlogging going? Any new favorites that you want to share with us?
MedSchoolApplicant: I have a bit of a confession: I haven’t made a new video in about a year. AH! I know that’s terrible, but life has just been a bit crazy. With graduate school and some personal things, it’s been difficult. However, I have a list of ideas and I hope to be back in front of the camera very soon! Stay tuned!
Accepted: What else have you been up to in the last year?
MedSchoolApplicant: Since I have finished college, I actually work full time in clinical research. I feel fortunate to have been able to find a job in a relevant field. For the longest time I always viewed research as something that only happened in a lab, but I am finding that is not the case. My job requires me to manage patients enrolled on clinical trials, which can be very involved. It has given me tangible experience that will be invaluable as I move forward in the process of applying to medical school.
Accepted: Do you have any reapplication tips you can share with our readers?
MedSchoolApplicant: Reapplying can be tough for many reasons, but it’s important to keep perspective. Just because things did not work out exactly as you planned does not mean they will not work out at all. Some schools receive so many applications that it can be hard to make yours stand out from the crowd. Set yourself up for success by applying to more schools than you did the first time around.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid of criticism. The only way to improve your application is to really examine its flaws. Ask for advice from advisors, peers, or even friends and family. Take the MCAT again. Look into graduate school programs. If being a physician is truly what you want, be willing to go that extra mile to achieve your goals. You’ll be glad you did!
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