November 4, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
Here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting your re-application accepted.
While taking steps to improve the wording and presentation of your application is crucial, it is equally important to do something that will show that you worked hard on self-improvement during the year. If you are granted an interview the next year, one of the things the interviewers will want to know is what you did all year to help you on your career path. Did you just ‘take a break’ or did you do something concrete that proves your commitment to becoming a doctor? If you can demonstrate the latter, it will solidify your chances of getting accepted.
Were your scores unsatisfactory the last time you took the MCAT? This is your chance to re-take the test and score better. Keep in mind though that the school you are applying to will only consider your most recent scores so retake the test only if you are confident that you can get higher scores. Otherwise, don’t.
If your application was rejected because of the lack of any kind of experience or exposure into this career, this is your time to rectify that. Do some volunteer work in a hospice, nursing home or home for the aged. Spend some time shadowing a doctor in a hospital or a private clinic. If you do not know any doctor personally that you can shadow, make enquiries at hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Do a medical placement through a professional organization. Doing a medical placement in a developing country will earn you a lot of brownie points in the eyes of the admissions authorities as it shows a sincere commitment to medicine on your part and that is the first thing they are looking for.