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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
Vincentg
August 11th, 2016 2:23am
I don't think here is any better suggestion than "if at first you don't succeed, try try again". If it's what you really want to do just keep at it until you do get in.
ComfortingForest
August 19th, 2016 3:24pm
Always try again! Applying and getting into schools is one of the hardest things you will do in your life so don't be discouraged if you don't get in on your first try. Always look to improve yourself and your application/resume, that way when you apply again you will be an even better person!
lovingLynx89
August 24th, 2016 8:46pm
Keep trying! They say shoot for the stars if you don't reach you may land in the moon! Find someone who has done what you want and model their process.
allnaturalUnicorns70
August 25th, 2016 3:49pm
You could try speaking to other people who faced the same situation and see what they did. My brother in law faced the same set back a year earlier, and this year is in medical school.
Anonymous
August 26th, 2016 11:51pm
Its a hard question to answer but I can offer this: Medical school gives a person the opportunity to learn all about medicine, the human body and diseases etc.. But it is a very hard college to get into as with such competition to gain entry its always good to have a plan B. Something's pop up in life that we need to deal with. with any decision we look at the pro's and con's (good and bad) of the situation. If you cannot gain entry to medical school what other options are there? Perhaps there are other ways into medicine. Or another career you may want to pursue. Either way its your choice but you never know nursing, midwifery, psychology and other careers similar to medicine are available and present themselves with great challenges as does becoming a doctor.
Anonymous
August 27th, 2016 5:47am
What are your other interests? What other field do you think you would excel at? Perhaps try to figure out a back up plan?
Anonymous
August 31st, 2016 12:30am
If you honestly really want to go to medical school, Don't Give Up. If you aren't really sure, possibly look into other options that might make you happier.
AmeliasWorld
September 1st, 2016 8:42am
Let me tell you that medicine will be lucky to have you. If not? Is okay, because you can try something else!
paperCrane15
September 2nd, 2016 7:32pm
Study hard. Medicine require a lot of time and ability to learn tons of information. It's all about sacrificing other activities to achieve progress
CharlieMorningstar
September 8th, 2016 5:37am
Always have a backup! Explore other opportunities in different fields, or take a year off for self-study. There are always internships available, or you could take classes for no credit (auditing). Expand your network, pad up your applications for the next opportunity to apply!
Kat140615xx
September 18th, 2016 3:13pm
You could always try again. or look into different careers in something similar roles.there are many choices.
Anonymous
October 6th, 2016 12:06am
Keep trying or try and find something else you would like to do in the medical field nursing not everyone can make it to medical school
Anonymous
October 28th, 2016 1:33am
The beauty is that there are no rules and it's all up to you! You decide what you "should" and "should not" do. You decide if getting into medical school is as much of a brick wall as the question implies. You decide what other options are out there: in the whole world of possibilities! Choose a new venture, a passion, a different science, or a different medical field, keep going and knocking down those mountains!
heartfulmango33
November 8th, 2016 3:44am
Firstly ask yourself what you want to do. If it's something else all together then maybe this is a good thing. Research your options in detail because only you can do it.
quastinephoenix123
December 4th, 2016 4:33pm
dont give up, there are a lot of medical schools in the US and in Europe. As well as there are so many branches to medical: doctor, surgeon, gynecologist, etc. Requirments for each branch is different in different schools
Anonymous
December 9th, 2016 2:37am
It might be disappointing at first but perhaps try exploring another passion. What did you love doing as a kid?
YouCanHealYourLife
December 30th, 2016 6:05pm
There could be two approaches that can decide your future course of action. FIRST, start preparing for the next year with better tricks and more hard work. Since you would have the experience of writing the exam you can prepare accordingly, keeping the important topics on your priority to prepare. After such a preparation there are more chances for clearing the exam and get admission. SECOND option could be to get into a related stream like paramedics, alternative medicine, physiotherapy or pharmacy. These streams would help you to be in the medical profession and pursue your career in the same field.
JacoEM
February 24th, 2017 4:49pm
You first need to wear out all your possibilities. Have you tried other schools, was it your first try? If you have tried different options on different occasions and the result is the same then it is time to change the focus. You need to evaluate what really made you want to study medicine, is it helping people, is it the environment? After this, you need to evaluate other options that could help you get the same objective, choosing a different career where you could also help someone or working in a hospital with another profession.
Anonymous
March 8th, 2017 7:17pm
What has stopped you getting into that school to start with, was it exam results? Finances? you need to look at what has stopped you and then change that. Life is not a race, you dont need to get in or do something as soon as possible. If you can take an extra exam to get the marks then do that, if you need money, try to save, get funding! There is nothing stopping you but yourself! You need to look at what you need to get it and then go get it!
Anonymous
June 4th, 2017 4:27pm
If you have your heart set on entering the medical profession, check if there are alternatives in the same field. Doctors are not the only people who help others. Consider training as a nurse. Also, really look at your motivation for wanting to get into medical school -are there similar things to what you were looking for in other professions? Keep your options open.
kayla92
June 30th, 2017 1:35am
What are your other interests? Figure out what else you like, what motivates you, etc. Maybe you can use your medical knowledge to go into some other aspect of medicine? Use this as an inspiration to broaden your horizons! Also, don't give up. You can always reapply!
Anonymous
July 1st, 2017 8:32pm
I understand that trying to get into a medical school can be challenging. You could most likely try to get a job somewhere with a Bachelor's Degree and continue studying so you can get into Med School the next year.
Anonymous
July 7th, 2017 2:00am
Chances are, if you are trying to get into med school, you have a background in biology, chemistry, or both. Become a scientist or researcher. Become a nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or pharmacist. Look up jobs that you could enjoy with out medical school, do them. And if becoming a doctor is what you really want then continue to apply to medical school. If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Do you think Thomas Edison gave up when he tried to make a Light bulb and it didn't work the first time?
BeCalm12
August 9th, 2017 3:18pm
Getting into medical is difficult but it is not impossible. If you have tried to get into medical school and have not been excepted you do have options. First take a hard look at your qualifications. If you have any areas that need improvement focus on them first. Take extra classes, volunteer, etc. You can also take post-back program to improve you skills and chances of acceptance.
Inesa707
October 22nd, 2017 2:58pm
There are many ways into anything, and just because you didnt get in this time doesnt mean you wont ever. Try again elsewhere, if its your dream, then it will happen as long as you have motivation and drive to achieve it.
YasmineNotYours
November 23rd, 2017 11:12am
Try to look for a field that interest you... What about biology ? it's often chosen as an alternative for medical school ... I wish you good luck with your studies
Girlwithsuperpower
November 24th, 2017 3:58pm
Maybe god decided to put you in an another place that yourself really deserved.so.you can improve your talent in any other field
retrouvailles
January 12th, 2018 6:53pm
I can't even imagine how disappointing it could be to not get into medical school if that is what you want to do with your life. But, there are other options and this is not the end of the road for you in terms of entering the field of medicine. You could try for a nursing program. You'd have to look around and see which program fits your best interests. You could also look into being a Physician's Assistant (PA). They perform many of the same duties of a doctor without having a title. Being a PA is actually quite appealing to people who want to enter medicine but not necessarily want to be a doctor. Hope this helps!
PosiPotato
February 4th, 2018 12:30am
Explore your options. Don't be hard on yourself. There are always options out there for you, you just need to be patient while you try and explore them.
Anonymous
February 8th, 2018 12:24pm
You could try alternative pathways if you had any. Or if you were really desperate, you could do some research into other methods of getting in or similar programs.