January 10, 2012
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
It is easy to let four rejections for medicine kill your enthusiasm for studying medicine at university, especially when you have worked so hard at trying to win yourself a place. However, if medicine is your dream, don’t be tempted to give up so easily.
It is important to remember that entry into medical school is highly competitive. Four rejections from medical schools does not mean that you haven’t worked hard enough or simply aren’t good enough and it certainly doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dream of becoming a doctor or surgeon. If you desire entry into medical school, do not give up on the fight. Receiving four rejections may mean that you will have to wait a little longer than you desired to become a doctor. However, it doesn’t mean that you never will become a doctor.
Medical schools have to reject thousands of outstanding applicants each year due to a lack of places of their courses. If you consider that there are between four and 60 applicants fighting for each place on a medical school course, you will see that you are among many who will be disappointed with the outcome of their application.
It is essential to consider writing to your chosen universities to ask for feedback on your application. Universities are not obliged to provide you with feedback yet many will be able to give you information on the most common reasons for rejection. Use this information to look at your application in more detail. Be critical of your application and look at everything from your choice of qualifications to the grades you achieved, your work experience and your extra-curricular activities.
Even if you have experienced four rejections, you do still have options. If you are still in education, it is important that you concentrate on achieving the best possible grades in your exams. While it is easy to become discouraged, do not forget that you can concentrate on other ways of entering into medical school once you have completed your exams.
If you received all four rejections due to missing out on the grades required, consider whether you wish to resit your exams or apply to study a different course with the aim of acquiring a place on a graduate-entry to medicine course later on in life. If you decide that you would like to resit your exams, you will need to find out whether your chosen medical schools will accept the results of your resits. If you decide to study for another degree, consider studying biological science degrees as these degrees are the most likely to be accepted for a place on a graduate entry to medicine course.
If you received four rejections but managed to obtain the grades required, it is necessary to consider whether you wish to study for a different degree or wish to take a gap year and reapply. If you wish to reapply the next year, it is advisable to make the most of your medicine gap year. Earn money to fund your studies or take up relevant work experience either at home or abroad – or both. This will help you to improve your application. Gap Medics recieves alot of students on our placements who were unable to secure a place in med school the first time around but after a year out combined with a Gap Medics placement manage to get the place in medical school they desire. Don’t be tempted to study for a different degree if it’s not truly what you want and do bear in mind that you are more likely to acquire a place on a medicine degree course following a gap year, as opposed to as a graduate of another degree.