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What should I do if I can't get into medical school?

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Last Updated: 01/26/2022 at 4:03pm
What should I do if I can't get into medical school?
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April 8th, 2016 8:12pm
There's not a "what if I can't" since those words are stopping you from thinking you can achieve your goal. "If you can dream it, you can achieve it"
January 12th, 2020 5:50pm
Don’t give up on your dreams. Yes, maybe you didn’t get into medical school, but their might be other opportunities in the medical field that you might find you are really passionate about. And, you can apply again if you really want to. Or, you might decide that maybe you don’t want to go into the medical field, and you can find something else you love. It’s okay to not succeed the first time, or the second, time, or even the third time. Keep trying until you succeed. Whatever you want to do, don’t give up on your dreams.
March 2nd, 2016 7:13pm
Follow a completely different path! Choosing a similar course will painfully remind you of "what could have been" if you had succeeded in medicine. Take some time to reflect and get to know yourself. Accept your unsuccessful attempt and grow by exploring a new path whereto can find happiness.
March 5th, 2016 2:49pm
Med school is hard to get into, there's no doubt about that... I see a couple of options - either find something else that you think you'd be happy doing, or keep trying! Sometimes a year out and some life experience gives you that edge that you need to stand out :) Best of luck with whatever you decide to do :)
March 1st, 2018 5:52pm
Re-apply. It shows dedication to the profession and determination at achieving your goals. But don't just automatically re-apply! Ask for an application review from your undergrad pre-professional committee or from a medical school that rejected you. Many will do it free of charge. Then make a plan to fix any deficiencies identified.
February 24th, 2016 5:57am
Hi, I know it can be scary getting into programs, but first remember - there are other areas related to medicine that you might be just as happy in or enjoy contributing too. What about pharmacy, medical research, biology, being an EMT, etc? It doesn't mean you can't work in the medical field, it just may take a different approach. if you don't get in it's important to remind yourself that you may just be needed in another field of work, and keep your options open and your mind set to help people - in any way. Brainstorming is wonderful. Write down all the things you've done in your life (volunteer, jobs, etc) you've enjoyed, and why. Write down all the careers you possibly could see yourself in. Write down your values and life dreams - what's important to you and where do you see other aspects of your life headed? From there, start crossing things out. Compare your lists and think if there are limitations that rule some ideas out. Talk to professionals in the fields about what their jobs actually look like. Expose yourself to different angles of school and work, and be open to new possibilities and opportunities. Lastly, take time and take care of yourself. You don't have to have it all sorted out right now. Take the time you need to find what else you really want. If it is med school - try again. Don't give up because of one set-back if you know you're meant to be there. Best of luck and lots of care being sent your way.
October 30th, 2020 4:00pm
As an aspiring student of medical school myself, I would suggest you to have a safety net before you pursue such a competitive career. Have a just-in-case option in you mind. Do not ever think that getting into medical school is everything or that you aren't good enough if you do not. Life is not all about getting into schools or getting a degree. It's much more than that. Coming back to the topic, have two careers in mind. Something you are interested it except medicines, preferably a safer one. Have a proper career plan extending into future. If things go wrong, you can always turn to that. Not only would you have a secured career you are interested in, you would have a whole life to spend on things you love.
February 13th, 2016 11:57am
Go somewhere else besides medical school. There's everything for everyone. Maybe medical school not for you.
April 8th, 2016 3:04pm
Well the best option is to try harder the next time. Work and address the areas which went amiss the last time. However, it should also be made that not getting into medical school isn't the end of the world. Careers can grow and generate from everywhere.
December 8th, 2016 12:37am
When applying for medical school have a look at other courses which allow entry at a later stage (I. E. Biomedical science). Often the entry requirements aren't as high and will allow a swap over into medicine should it be desired. The qualities sought to be a doctor are found in other professions such as paramedics, nursing, care home workers etc, so there are many avenues to go down to help people
March 8th, 2019 8:34pm
There are a lot of reasons why people are rejected from medical school. These may include poor grades, poor interview skills, lack of clinical experience, poorly written essays, late applications, among others. You must ask yourself what have I done wrong. Make a list of all possible weak areas and try to fix them. For example, if the problem is poor interview skills, then practice more and if the problem is poor grades, then go back to classes an try to improve them. Remember, medical school is very competitive. I would recommend that you try to apply to multiple medical schools at once and make sure you have met their prerequisites. If, however, none of these are working, there are reputable medical schools in the Caribbean. They are cheaper and have fewer requirements compared to other medical schools.
February 18th, 2016 2:16am
There are lots of different majors you can go to that requires you to learn medicine. You can research more about it online and by talking to others.
August 5th, 2016 4:43pm
Medical school can take a lot of time and effort. If it is really a dream of yours that you want to achieve, consider trying other avenues. Sometimes, the timing just is not right, but it does not mean all hope is lost.
August 19th, 2017 3:34pm
If you didn't get in to the course you wanted to do (in this case, medicine), my advice would be to sit down and carefully figure out what you want to do. Do you still want to do medicine? If so, what do you need to do now so that you can get in? It might be that you need to resit exams, get more experience etc but I know a lot of people have to apply more than once. You may also decide medicine is not for you anymore, and that's okay. You might consider doing something in a similar field such as nursing or a science course. Or you might do something completely different! But take your time to figure out what that is and then chase it. Good luck!
November 1st, 2017 11:48am
Having goals to aim for is great! It's only natural that with that we will have little doubt and worries about what happens if we don't achieve those goals - especially if they are important to us. The best way to handle this is to be prepared. Find out if there is any other path to getting into medical school. For example, if you don't get the grades at first sitting is there maybe a college course you would be happy to do for a year until you can reapply with improved/additional grades/experience?
February 15th, 2018 3:16pm
Take a deep breath and try again. If this is what you really want, then never stop trying until you get it. This is your dream, your future, work on it. You can do this and you will. Keep going.
July 9th, 2020 11:57pm
You can re-apply. Before you re-apply, sit down with a pre-med advisor to go over the application. Some part of the application may need to be improved. Through this process, don't be hard on yourself! Don't rush it either. Once you improve what you think you need to improve, re-apply. Your determination and perseverance will definitely show. You can may be think of other career that relates to or within the medical field. Assuming from your goal to go to medical school, you like to take part in patient recovery and patient's well being. Find career that may align this passion like nurse or physician assistant. There are countless options to choose from.
September 19th, 2020 9:08am
Hi, fellow medical student here. There is many things you can do if you can't get into medical school. The most important thing is to consider what do you really desire. If it is related to medical school, you can try it again and again. My half brother got into the school for the second time and I know fellow medical students who got into the school after the fourth attempt. Also, it is possible to switch to something similar. For example, if you are interested in mental health, you can aim to become a psychologist, or if you are interested in emergency situations, you can aim to become a paramedic. There are countless of choices you can take, the most important thing is to be aware of the options. I am sure you will find your way! :)
February 18th, 2016 7:12am
have you consider that you really love to get into medical school much or not, and then think about something you really love it, want to get it, and willing try to do it.
February 20th, 2016 4:28am
There's always options! Medical billing, child health, even stay at home jobs for clinics phone services! Don't give up!
February 20th, 2016 7:51pm
Dont worry darling if one door closes. I always wanted to be a designer but i didnt got admission now im doing psychology. I never thought i would do psychology. And now im so satisfied and happy. Look for the bright sight. Give your best and you will get admission and by chance if you dont get admission dont get disappointed dont lose hope what happens happens for best. Try applying for something else that you like maybe arts, engineering, BBA, management,accounting, ACCA, CA. But do apply somewhere else and dont lose hope :)
February 20th, 2016 9:05pm
It depends on the reason why you can't get into medical school. When it is because of the grades many schools have some waiting system, or you can apply at multiple schools. If that is not an option for you, you should not feel encouraged, try something else related to medical work. After some work experience or related studies you may be able to get into medical school.
February 20th, 2016 11:17pm
You shouldn't give up just yet. If you want to go to medical school then you should keep working towards your goal.
February 21st, 2016 3:41pm
If medial school is Your dream job and you want nothing more, Change up your view point Look at different angles to get in , wait until your more qualified and try try try again.
February 26th, 2016 11:38pm
Well you can always try again ? Different medical schools ? Abroad? Where there's a will there's a way right?
March 10th, 2016 11:54am
There are lot of options available apart from it. Lot of different parallel streams related to medical is available. Start creating opportunities there.
March 10th, 2016 4:45pm
I feel like you should focus on what you, do you want to get get into medical school? Is that your dream? If it is, then failing could be apart part of that journey to accomplishing your dream. I believe you should try your best to get into medical school, but also take into account that getting into medical school is a challenging thing to do, so it's best to be realistic. I will say with confidence, even not knowing you, if you truly want this to happen, then failure with not be something that will stop you good luck! :)
March 16th, 2016 9:57am
first you must be sure that medical sciences best fit you. and then if you see that it really does then there would be no impossibility for you and by trying a bit more you can get there.
March 19th, 2016 9:25am
It depends .. how important is it to you. If this is your one real big aspiration, by working hard and consistently you can improve your chances of getting in.. nothing is impossible .
March 24th, 2016 1:18pm
Do something else you love! Or, you can always find ways to get into medical if you don't make it first shot