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  • If you find yourself in the position of being rejected from medical school, understand you're not alone.

  • In fact, most students who apply find themselves in your shoes.

  • Every year, over 50,000 students apply to medical school, but 60% are rejected.

  • After a medical school rejection,

  • what are the best next steps to take? I'll walk you through the process, step by step.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • A common question I hear is, "Does it look bad to be a reapplicant?"

  • Other premed resources may sing kumbaya and tell you it doesn't matter, but at Med School Insiders,

  • we're the last honest premed resource, and we're committed to giving it to you straight.

  • If you take two identical applicants, one being a reapplicant, and the other being a first time applicant,

  • all things being equal, the first time applicant has the advantage.

  • The reapplicant has the added hurdle of needing to explain how they're a stronger applicant this year,

  • but if done properly, this can actually become an asset to your application, rather than a weakness, as we'll get to shortly.

  • It's for this reason, in addition to the added cost and additional work, that we always advise students to apply only when they're ready.

  • Rushing an application does no one any favors.

  • That being said, if you do find yourself in the position of being a reapplicant,

  • following the steps laid out in this video will place you in a much stronger position.

  • After a rejection, or really any obstacle in your life, you have three main options.

  • First, give up. Second, try the same thing expecting different results.

  • We call that insanity. Or third, learn from your mistakes and improve.

  • Unfortunately, option number three is not as common as you may think, but in most cases, it is the right option.

  • If you've spent any time on SDN or Reddit or asked your pre-med advisor,

  • you have likely heard conflicting advice on how to proceed as a reapplicant. Let's set the record straight.

  • The first step as a reapplicant is to determine why you weren't accepted during your first medical school application cycle.

  • Accurately assessing the shortcomings of your application will provide the building blocks

  • from which we'll build your personalized plan in the subsequent steps.

  • First, take a look at the application yourself and be honest about its strengths and weaknesses.

  • Next, reach out to the schools you applied to and ask if their admissions committee could provide any feedback.

  • Some adcoms will do this, and others won't.

  • You can also speak with your pre-med advisor as an additional data point, but take their input with a grain of salt,

  • as most pre-med advisors are woefully unqualified to provide you

  • with substantiative feedback with regards to getting into medical school.

  • Ideally, you want input from those with real admissions committee experience who are invested in your success.

  • If you don't have an amazing uncle who's a doctor and served on medical school admissions committees himself,

  • then our team at Med School Insiders is the next best thing.

  • An honest and accurate assessment is critical.

  • Often times, students target one aspect as a weakness that's actually fine,

  • yet overlook a real weakness that played a major role in their rejection.

  • When identifying your weaknesses, be sure to stratify them in order of significance.

  • If you have an MCAT of 510, sure your MCAT could be better,

  • but it's not the limiting factor in why you didn't get a medical school acceptance the first time around.

  • If you received 3 or more interviews and no acceptances,

  • this is a strong indicator that your interviewing skills require attention.

  • Don't forget to consider the less obvious factors affecting your competitiveness.

  • For example, timing of your application.

  • Even with a rock solid app, submitting your primary late,

  • or waiting longer than the recommended 2 weeks to turn around secondaries

  • can add significant drag to an otherwise strong application.

  • Also revisit your school list. Did you apply to enough medical schools?

  • Were they appropriate for your level of competitiveness, or were you applying to too many top tier schools that were out of reach?

  • Did you consider DO schools or only MD?

  • Now that we have a list of the most limiting elements of your application,

  • we can formulate a plan.

  • When formulating a plan, keep in mind the AAMC's Holistic Review model,

  • a paradigm developed to assess candidates.

  • This paradigm is also widely used by most medical schools to some capacity.

  • This admissions process model considers each applicant individually by balancing their academic metrics, such as GPA and MCAT,

  • with their experiences and attributes.

  • The tool is designed to be a more effective way to consider how an individual may contribute value

  • as a medical student and future physician.

  • This is one of the reasons we emphasize the importance of a narrative-based application at Med School Insiders,

  • rather than an application resulting from the commonplace checklist-driven mentality.

  • When you understand what medical schools are concerned about,

  • formulating a plan makes much more sense.

  • Why do medical schools care so much about your MCAT and GPA?

  • They want to ensure that you can handle the academic rigors of a medical school curriculum

  • and successfully pass your USMLE Step exams.

  • Why do medical schools care about your social skills and ethics?

  • These are fundamental components to interacting with patients and being an effective physician.

  • Same with being a team player, or being resilient, as you'll inevitably face obstacles in your training career.

  • Consider being a reapplicant as one of the many tests of your resilience and commitment to medicine.

  • There are 15 core competencies for entering medical students, straight from the AAMC:

  • Service Orientation, Social Skills, Cultural Competence, Teamwork, Oral Communication,

  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others, Reliability and Dependability,

  • Resilience and Adaptability, Capacity for Improvement,

  • Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Inquiry, Written Communication,

  • Living Systems, and Human Behavior.

  • Does this mean you need to find an experience for each of the 15?

  • No, a single experience can address multiple components, and again, be wary of a checklist mentality.

  • If you understand what's lacking in your application and what it is that medical schools want to see,

  • then formulating a plan becomes second nature.

  • At this stage, it's natural to have multiple permutations of your plan. You don't have to narrow down just yet.

  • One plan may focus more on research and will have you applying in two years time.

  • A different plan may have an emphasis on a clinically focused opportunity that would have you applying in just 1 year.

  • You don't have to perfect your plan at this point, you simply need to understand your different options.

  • Once we have multiple plans, we can then weigh the pros and cons in step three.

  • With multiple medical school reapplication plans in hand,

  • it's time to exercise a selection process to determine which one is the best fit for you.

  • Revisit your why, why is it that you want to go to medical school and become a doctor?

  • Reflecting on this important question will provide you the insight on what is most important to you.

  • If primary care in a rural setting is what you want to do,

  • then applying sooner or to osteopathic medical schools may be a good fit.

  • If you are hell bent on a surgical subspecialty or are undecided and want to keep your options open,

  • then osteopathic medical schools and Caribbean schools are probably not good options.

  • At this point, you can visit your various plans and assess the pros and cons of each.

  • This is a step where you definitely want to work with someone who has medical school admissions committee experience

  • so they can more accurately inform you of the best plan for your unique situation.

  • Many students are concerned over the idea of waiting an additional year before applying.

  • Understand that medicine is a marathon, not a sprint.

  • I have yet to meet any medical student or physician who regretted taking an extra year off before entering medical school.

  • That being said, whether or not an extra year is warranted is dependent on several factors.

  • If you have more work to do to get to a reasonably competitive level, more time may be warranted.

  • If, on the other hand, you have a stronger application with several interviews last cycle,

  • you may be able to apply again much sooner with just a few tweaks.

  • I'm always amazed how often students make such easily avoidable mistakes when reapplying to medical school.

  • Let's run through what you can reuse and recycle, and what you cannot.

  • Your personal statement absolutely needs to be new. You cannot use the same one from a previous application.

  • Your essay can certainly focus on similar themes or qualities, but the anecdotes and specifics should be updated and improved upon.

  • For example, let's say you're passionate about helping underserved communities

  • and you described in your first personal statement how this has inspired you to become a physician.

  • In your new personal statement, you can again focus on underserved medicine, but consider new anecdotes,

  • deeper insights, and your continued commitment to medicine.

  • Note that there's some nuance when redesigning your personal statement.

  • You should stay true with the core reasons of wanting to be a physician.

  • If your first personal statement focused on underserved medicine but your new essay speaks more to academia

  • and the importance of research, admissions committees may question the authenticity of your writing.

  • Letters of recommendation are not as black and white as the personal statement.

  • If you're uncertain about the strength of a letter of recommendation,

  • either remove it or replace it with a new letter from the same writer or someone else.

  • For example, say your organic chemistry professor wrote one of your science letters,

  • but you took her class 3 years ago and you weren't in close contact.

  • There is a high probability that the letter was generic,

  • therefore you might wanna ask your recent upper division neuroscience course professor instead.

  • If you've become involved with a new meaningful activity and have developed a relationship with a mentor who can speak to your strengths,

  • this is another great opportunity to add a new letter of recommendation to your application.

  • If you've continued to work with a previous letter writer, my general recommendation is to seek an update.

  • For example, let's say you're been working hard in lab for the past 3 years,

  • but you've recently added two new publications and a presentation.

  • A new letter from your PI highlighting your recent achievements and continued commitment would serve you well.

  • The work and activities section must be updated, but certain activities can remain the same.

  • If it's an older experience that you haven't engaged with since submitting your previous application,

  • major changes may not be necessary, although tweaking it is almost always a good idea.

  • Make sure you have an expert with admissions committee experience review the description

  • to ensure it's concise and effective, highlighting what is most important.

  • Regarding your most meaningful experiences,

  • some say you should keep at least 2 of the 3 activities the same to ensure authenticity and consistency.

  • Based on my experience, this detail isn't as important as some make it out to be.

  • I suggest you focus on being true to what you feel are your most meaningful experiences,

  • regardless of whether they're the same or different.

  • And of course, update the 1325-character descriptions, even if you maintain the same activities.

  • Before you hit the submit button on your application, be sure you have your school list dialed in.

  • This raises the question, should you reapply to the same medical schools next cycle?

  • For certain schools, absolutely,

  • particularly if you can be viewed as a competitive applicant there after addressing your weaknesses.

  • On the other hand, be realistic about your odds at a certain school given a comprehensive assessment of your application.

  • In terms of effective risk mitigation, I recommend you apply to too many schools rather than too few schools.

  • The average applicant applies to 15-20 medical schools.

  • As a reapplicant, I would bump that number up to 25-30 minimum in most cases. It's all about asymmetric risk

  • the downside of applying to a few extra schools is much smaller than the downside of not applying to enough.

  • Remember to also stick to fundamental best practices regarding your medical school application.

  • For instance, submit your primary as early as possible, ideally within the first 1-2 weeks after applications open.

  • If you've gotten this far, I applaud you on your commitment to medicine. You clearly want to become a physician.

  • Nothing makes me happier than seeing students who turned it around

  • and surprised even themselves with the level of success they were able to achieve.

  • That feeling of opening up an acceptance letter to your dream medical school

  • is something I wish for you to experience one day, just as I did years ago.

  • As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail.”

  • As a reapplicant, you're fighting an uphill battle, but you don't have to do it alone.

  • Our team at Med School Insiders has served on admissions committees at top medical schools

  • and we specialize in helping reapplicants get that sweet sweet acceptance.

  • And we don't rely on wishful thinking or false promises.

  • We've painstakingly developed our proprietary systems that are designed with one purpose in mind

  • helping you become a successful future doctor.

  • We've recruited the best in the industry and provided them with the most powerful tools in getting you where you want to be.

  • Each of our physician advisors have passed our highly rigorous 5 step application process

  • and have excelled in their own careers as doctors.

  • And unlike other companies, you'll never worry about beingunluckyand not getting a phenomenal advisor.

  • Our team consistently delivers an excellent experience and amazing level of service,

  • and I personally stand by that.

  • Our results speak for themselves, and it's why we've become the fastest growing company in the industry with the best satisfaction ratings.

  • See for yourself and learn more at MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • Good luck to all the reapplicants out there!

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  • Much love to you all, and I will see you guys in that next one.

If you find yourself in the position of being rejected from medical school, understand you're not alone.

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医学部不合格 - 次はどうする?再受験ガイド (REJECTED from Medical School - What Next? [Reapplicant Guide])

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