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

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Last Updated: 12/06/2020 at 6:52pm
What should I do if I can't get into medical school?
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Top Rated Answers
UniqueLife
March 31st, 2016 6:55am
Don't think about that now. Just try your best, But if you'd like to plan out ahead, maybe you can take online courses. Or, do you have any other passion? Pursuing another major might work if you're as passionate about it
Anonymous
April 2nd, 2016 1:17am
Try again next year or decide if there is another route you would like to take. Things happen for a reason, just wait and see what life has for you. :)
Anonymous
April 7th, 2016 12:42pm
There are a variety of options if you don't get into med school. You could apply at other colleges, apply again next year, or seek out a position to get experience. Talking with a school adviser might be helpful in this process.
pleasinglyPoetic
April 9th, 2016 6:20pm
If you can't get into medical school this cycle, then you'll have to accept that. That doesn't mean that you have to give up on ever being a physician, but it does mean that you should take some time to reconsider your path in life. If you don't get accepted, perhaps you can find out why. Was there something you could have done better? How can you make yourself more competitive?
AmariHereToHelp
April 22nd, 2016 12:59am
Oh, I'm so sorry! This must be frustrating! Well, I'm sure there are other jobs and schools that will suit you.
Anonymous
April 27th, 2016 3:08pm
you can try and get into collage or university who have courses on medical then when you get excepted at least you have some proof that you have started
NamelessKnight
April 28th, 2016 8:33am
You search around for what other options are available for your grades. You can always make a come back after further education.
zealousSun36
April 29th, 2016 9:38pm
It's totally ok everyone is perfect at their place. If you can't achieve something that doesn't mean that you do not worth it. Sometimes you are reserved for something very good and special in future. Remember you are special and unique.
WhisperingMist
May 15th, 2016 9:04am
Do you know for a fact you cannot get into medical school or are you afraid of the possibility of not getting into medical school?
HereToHelpYou742
May 18th, 2016 2:09am
Well if you know what specialty you want to be in get a doctorate in the field. Such as a psychiatrist is an md and prescribe meds and do test. You could get a doctorate in philosophy(Ph. D) or ppsychology (Psy. D). They can do test and get certified. The only thing the can't do is write prescriptions
TwentySomethingDan
May 19th, 2016 7:42pm
There is no one right path in life. There are many paths, all with a value of their own. If you aren't able to get into medical school, perhaps that means it is time to seek another path. I know that in life we create expectations and we desire to see a clear path ahead of us, but no matter what you do the path will wind and there will be challenges and surprises. Don't spend your life being disappointed that it didn't follow some grand plan you had for it. Be yourself and follow the path that you take yourself on.
Homeiswherethehopeis
May 25th, 2016 7:48am
Sometimes, if a door doesn't open, it means it's not yours. Deep breaths, and don't blame yourself. You did your best, and things didn't turn out the way you wanted. Maybe it is for the best. Maybe you can try another university, and maybe you can try a different major. The possibilities are endless. Hope this helped :)
Anonymous
May 27th, 2016 6:54pm
Keep trying, build your resume with different things that will help you look amazing next time applying for medical school
Anonymous
May 29th, 2016 11:40am
nothing is impossible , if you try your best then you can do it , if you tried your best and you couldn't do it then maybe it wouldn't be good if you did .
chanelellierhea5
June 1st, 2016 8:21pm
The first thing you should do is find out why you didn't get accepted into med school. Contact the school admissions counselor and have him/her talk you through their reason for turning you down. Once you have done this, you will know the exact reason why you were denied. It could have been your GPA, lack of extra curricular activities, lack of volunteer work, etc. Once you know the root cause you can work to apply in the future.
GoLobster
June 3rd, 2016 1:47pm
Depending on what you are into (hobbies, dreams, etc) try having a secondary plan for if your first one isn't going to succeed
Anonymous
June 4th, 2016 3:58am
No worries dear.. Medical school is just to help people physically but 7cups helps people mentally.. you can be here anytime
Mikatsu104
June 8th, 2016 8:02pm
Always have a back up plan. Never go with just one plan just in case it don't work out. Find something else you really want to be.
Anonymous
June 9th, 2016 5:19am
Try for it again. Never lose hope. Getting into a medical school is difficult, but it's not impossible. You can try harder, and not lose hope to definitely crack it the next time! :D
DahliaRose
June 11th, 2016 3:35am
If you can't get into medical school, I would look into going into the medical field in another way. If you are passionate about health and helping people be well, you could explore other avenues to do that. There are so many ways to help people with their well-being that don't involve you being a doctor. Explore ALL of the possibilities in the medical field and keep your mind open. You may find a new passion.
Anonymous
June 21st, 2016 11:02pm
Going to medical school must be a one shot decision. There shoud be no turning back and even though you feel you can do it but if you fail. There is no harm in trying.. If you fail again then, maybe sometimes we need to realize that in our life. We cannot have everything we wanted. Just let go and find other profession that suits you better. It may not be that easy as said but I repeat there is no harm in trying. Do your best in every work you have. later, you will be surely rewarded. Cheers!
SoulEmbrace8
June 28th, 2016 6:30pm
You can still succeed in many other things ! Life never had only one road.. There are still many things to do
Anonymous
June 29th, 2016 2:45am
Keep trying, never give up. Try and try again never give up on your goal due to a temporary challenge it is it your dream.CHASE IT!
magicalCupcake84
June 30th, 2016 8:43am
Apply again. Better your entry test scores, work on taking extra credit classes, volunteer at hospitals, get to know the clinical environment. If you can't get into the med schools in your own country/area/city, consider applying for schools in other cities/countries. Keep on applying, persistence is the key.
rainforest1
July 1st, 2016 12:47am
I see what you are feeling . ı think you should try to do it again if it didn't happen first try we should try one more one more . ıf you believe that it is the best school for you you should never give up and be positive about it.
SandyCream
July 6th, 2016 12:19am
Well you should think about a plan B , maybe there are some careers that can be used as a bridge (like they have similar clases , so research those) and also the different universities that offer that career(sometimes their access grades differ) . But if you are still unable maybe consider taking a year gap and studying then and retaking the access exam or look into other careers that might intrest you.
MiraculousShiny62
July 22nd, 2016 12:32am
First of all, don't get discouraged. It's not the end of the world. This could be an opportunity to explore other options in the medical field that could be as rewarding. If in fact you are set on medical school, find a mentor in local hospital who might be able to give some advice. And remember, you are never too old to try something new! Live life to the fullest and enjoy whatever you do!
ZafarYounis
July 24th, 2016 1:49am
Apply to another medical school? Your residency matters more than where you went to school anyway. Just as with any PhD programme, the post-doc is what people look at.
Anonymous
August 3rd, 2016 8:44pm
There are plenty of other things that you can do if you don't get into medical school. You are smart!
succourears
August 4th, 2016 3:27am
I should see why I cannot get into medical school, try to find ways and do what is best for me. In the end, I should do my best and wait for the results.