Do not reapply unless you have spent adequate time making significant changes to your application. These changes usually come in the form of new grades, MCAT scores, experiences, different letters of recommendation, and a new personal statement. This will take a great deal of preparation and is not something that can be accomplished in just a short period of time.
First, go back and talk to your pre-health advisor to seek his or her advice about what you should do differently for your newt round of applications. Second, while not all medical schools offer application counseling to applicants, if you have the opportunity to meet with an admissions person and go over your application, do it. They are the people reviewing your application and can best point out the strengths and weaknesses of your application. Do not assume that you know what the problem was with your application. It may be something entirely different than what you suspect.
If you were interviewed and later rejected, ask for honest feedback from the admissions staff at one or more of the medical schools that interviewed you. If you are able to speak to a member of the admissions staff, be open to their feedback and suggestions and do not become defensive. It is important that you take their comments seriously. If you received multiple interviews that resulted in waitlists of post-interview rejections, chances are t hat your interviews are your weak point and you should improve this skill before interviewing again.
- Medical School Admissions Tips
- Five Fatal Flaws (and how to avoid them in your personal statement)
- Write Your Way to Medical School, an ebook.
- Early-Bird Special for Med School Personal Statement Editing.
This post is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.