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

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Last Updated: 01/13/2022 at 10:59am
What should I do if I can't get into medical school?
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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.
February 17th, 2018 5:07pm
First of all, don't give up yet on the medical school. You don't want to think, later in life, that there was still something you could do about this. Try everything that is possible for you now, and if there is something you can work on, or wait until you learn more, take your time. You will see that waiting was worth it when you are in the medical school. However, if you tried every option and still didn't succeed, you should not think that you will not find satisfaction in other schools and jobs as well. If you chose medical school, it might mean that you are compassionate and want to help people. This world is full of needs, so you can try something connected, like psychotherapy, social assistance, etc. And you can always keep the door open to fulfilling your dream later in life.
February 23rd, 2018 11:37pm
There is always other professions within the Medical field, other schools too. I believe you can get in.
February 24th, 2018 5:09am
Keep Trying.. Don't give up. If not, its okay! Have a back up plan of something else you're passionate about and something else you'd enjoy doing.
March 30th, 2018 1:06am
Since you have the heart to want to reach out to others, i am sure there are other alternatives where you can use your help in skills in. Other healthcare industries such as the allied health is not a bad idea too! Keep looking and do not give up for you have such a big heart :)
May 6th, 2018 5:20am
Think about why it is you want to be a doctor - there are plenty of other professions in which you can give care to people like you do as a doctor. And if you aren't ready to give up on being a doctor look for other programmes you can apply to (for example graduate programmes in the UK) in the future, and in the meantime get work experience in the area and brush up your academics and have another try later!
May 20th, 2018 8:11am
There are plenty of things that you can do. You could choose to forgo it, wait another year and apply with the same results or you can always retake your national exam to get in. All the best!
May 20th, 2018 4:15pm
Always have a backup plan. It is important to remember that not everything goes to plan. sometimes it might mean completing more years in education to get into medical school. Don't give up.
June 9th, 2018 2:13pm
Maybe try taking medical courses at a community college. Usually you can transfer your credits to a bigger school. Most of all don't give up on wanting to get in.
June 16th, 2018 2:20pm
Just because you can't get into medical school now doesn't mean you never will. I'd suggest you apply yourself toward a discipline or profession that would contribute toward your goals of becoming a medical practitioner or that might give you the same fulfillment.
June 22nd, 2018 1:49pm
What mankind forever known of. Since the first creation of man. Which is adapting. You will be amazed of man's ability to adapt.
June 24th, 2018 5:40pm
There are steps to take and you have to use SMART short term goals and maybe talk to a human service professional about some appropriate short term steps you can take and what short term goals would be good to set
July 2nd, 2018 3:58pm
The competition to get into med school is very high and not getting in once doesn’t mean that you never will. If it is something you deeply want you should keep working hard and try again. Don’t get discouraged! If you have already tried multiple times though, this might mean this career path isn’t right for you and you’d be better off doing something else, which is exciting! This is an opportunity to look around and see which job or course is the best suited to you and how you could give a much better contribution to the world! Stay positive folks xxx
July 8th, 2018 4:41pm
If you want it enough, you'd try again and again. But of you didn't get in and you feel like you don't belong in medical school, by all means you should try another career path! Don't waste your life without expieriencing what really makes you happy.
July 12th, 2018 2:49am
If you can't get into medical school you can either try a different school or try later or start working on the lower requirements while waiting. You can maybe join the military and go to school there while serving which would save you a ton of money also and get you the on hands practice at the same time.
July 19th, 2018 7:19pm
Try another school . Live doesn’t give us everything we want .. sometimes we have to change the plan
July 21st, 2018 2:04am
It's completely okay if you don't get into medical school. As I've gotten older there are very few people who are in the same career as when they first started. Basically, if that door closes, you will find another.
July 22nd, 2018 10:19pm
Don't sweat it. Plan your future by having a backup career or school to fall back on, it's just in case you don't get in, it's not like you "can't" because you can do anything once you put your mind to it. :) Good Luck!
July 29th, 2018 3:53pm
The best part about being a human is that you have hundreds and hundreds of paths to go down and sometimes a path you are following will come to an end but nothing stops you going down the paths on the side and continuing your journey through life! Don't let it put you down and remain positive!
August 1st, 2018 9:30pm
You should find something else to do. There are so many options out there, and I am sure that you will find something that you love. Just listen to your heart.
August 5th, 2018 7:25am
A lot of people apply to medical schools multiple times- so it's perfectly normal and okay to retake your tests, write your statements again, reconsider what you can do to improve (maybe with advice from an advisor) and reapply! If you have already done and are not motivated to apply again, you could consider other health related professions- nursing school, dental school, physical therapist, mental health therapist, etc.
August 20th, 2018 2:13am
Speak to your school. They're far more equipped to answer this than any listener on here is - the main think I can say here is DO NOT STRESS. You have hundreds of thousands of options, most of which you won't be aware of. Your school or college is best versed to tell and explain these paths to you. It is literally their job - you wouldn't be burdening them, you wouldn't be wasting their time. Do your best and see how things progress. Life has a way and it'll always lead you to precisely where you are supposed to go.
September 8th, 2018 2:57am
Explore similar options, like nursing, lab tech, etc. See if you can find a path that might not be as selective as medical school. Or, consider going to school abroad if your qualifications will allow you to do so. Some medical schools in other countries will accept lower-than-perfect grades and you can still take licensing exams in your home country once schooling is completed. If you're set on getting into medical school for your career, contact the admissions departments for the schools that rejected you. Ask what about your application was unsatisfactory (if anything), and what you can do to be a better candidate for the next admission period.
January 4th, 2019 5:00pm
The world of medicine is still open to you, and you can apply to other schools so it's not the end of your search for a medical career. If you are interested in the research aspect, that is still open to you by going into a graduate or PhD program. If you are interested in patient care, there are plenty of very well-paying jobs in medicine that are less competitive like pharmacy and nuclear radiology, but require the same type of grit and intellect as it does to become an MD. What you might want to do is try to figure out for yourself what specialty you might have gravitated towards through exposure during med school. Then decide what kind of work in that area you think you would like to do and forge your path to get there.
January 13th, 2019 10:47pm
Just keep trying! Bolster your personal statement, get some experience, and keep applying to different programs. I'm in a related field that is incredibly competitive. There are usually 400 applicants for about 30 spots in one of the largest programs in the country. Most programs only accept 20 or less. So, I definitely get it. You've worked hard to get to where you are. Figure out what you can do over the next year or so to get some experience in a related field. Try to do some volunteer work. Retake any courses or exams that you think you could improve. Make sure you have solid letters of recommendation and a strong personal statement. Anything you can do to gain an edge. Good luck!
February 14th, 2019 9:45pm
Well, in life you always have to have a back up plan. So, if you cannot get into medical school after several tries it might be a good ideal to go into something else that can give you the same kind of satisfaction. I work in the medical field and it breaks my heart to see some people continue to put all of there marbles in one basket. Years, go by and they still have not gotten accepted into the medical field. Instead, of doing the next best thing that they would enjoy doing they continue to fall short of getting in medical school or not being able to finish because of one thing after another. Always try to follow your heart but just make sure what you are following is the right thing for you to be following. There is nothing worse than wasting your youthful years on bad decisions. I wish you nothing but the best and hopefully everything will work out just right for you.
March 16th, 2019 11:20pm
What is important is to remain positive about the situation no matter what happens. It is important to always strive to be your best person, however, your happiness should not depend on one aspect of your life. If you do not get in, there are many different fields of study as well as activities that can be pursued. There is always a silver lining which you can explore and choose to pursue which includes character and other interests. It is also important to realize that getting into medical school is no judge of overall intelligence or character. There are many geniuses who didn't pass high school much less went on to med school and there are even more people who have the noblest of hearts and truest of intentions who have applied to somewhere in order to help yet they were denied. Although getting into med school may be a goal and a passion, you can do many other things without going. The main thing is to always get back on that horse and continue your goal if you are really passionate about it or to learn from the experience and do something else that you feel just as or more passionate about.
April 17th, 2019 2:58am
well if you can not get into medical school that means that there is a inlining issue that may be stopping you from getting into school, the question you have to ask yourself is that did you really try with all your mind and heart for getting this goal done. And if you did not get your goal done for getting in you need to re-think the dream so that the next time this happens here than and only then you will truly understand the purpose of what your doing here with yourself this is the best way of telling you what to do and that is to listen to your feelings and heart for they do not lie to you here.
August 29th, 2019 12:35pm
Hey! I'm looking to get into medical school too and I totally understand what you're going through and why you are super worried about not getting in, I feel the exact same. However, I don't know how it works where you're from but over here there are lots of other options if you don't get into medical school eg study something medical related (biomedical sciences) and then take the graduate degree medicine course, wait a year and reapply to medical school, study abroad etc. So i would totally recommend you doing a bit of research into alternative routes into medicine. And also I would totally recommend not worrying about the end result, just keep working hard and take small steps towards the end goal and make sure that you put maximum effort and have done each step that is required for medical school as thorough as you can so that even if you don't get into medical school, you know that you gave it your absolute best shot. Sorry for the super waffley long winded answer but i hope it helps as this is the mindset that i've decided to take and it seems to be working out reasonably well-ish for me.
September 12th, 2019 6:35am
Take a year off. Get an internship somewhere in the medical field, whether that's as a secretary answering the phones for a hospital or being an intern for an insurance company that deals with medicare. Get a feel for the career. Work, and make connections. Ask people how they got into medical school, what to do and not do differently. When the year is up, reapply. List the job that you currently worked in the medical field for that year, and explain how it better prepared you for medical school. Who knows? You just might get accepted, or you might need to try again.