I seem to be a pretty typical medical student. I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I wasn’t grossed out by blood, I wasn’t afraid of shots and needles, and I loved science projects and puzzles. Growing up, I did good in school, loved science and math, and everything continued to point in the direction of becoming a doctor. High school came and went and before you know it, I was in college and applying to medical school.
The traditional way of going to medical school is directly after your senior year of college. This means you apply to medical school in the spring of your junior year, which then means you have to take the MCAT before then. I had everything lined up perfectly: MCAT done, application in early, teacher recommendations sent.
That cycle, I received 3 interviews. Two were state MD schools and the other an out of state MD school. I was put on the waitlist for all three schools. I stayed on the waitlist until the very beginning of August. Some people have happy stories at this point, getting called and accepted off the waitlist last minute. Mine was not that edition.
In June, when the next cycle of applications could be sent in, I had to do some serious thinking. I’m on three waitlists, my chances of getting off the wait list are high, right? Do I really want to spend all this money on applications when I could be accepted tomorrow? The mind games were torturous and I was left confused and afraid.
I played it safe rather than sorry (thankfully). I had done lots of work in my senior year to add to my application so it was almost completely different. I kept the same MCAT score and added a few more recommendations. I applied for the second time June of my senior year. At first I applied only MD, then broadened to DO, because at the end of the day, I didn’t want to be anything else but a physician.
The cycle rang in 4 interview: 3 MD all out of state, 1 DO in state. I’ll skip the boring waiting part and go straight to the happy part. In April of 2016, I was accepted to one of the out of state medical schools — and I have been on cloud nine ever since.
For those of you who didn’t get in their first cycle, don’t give up. Feel free to ask me for advice on what to do or where to go next. I grew so much in my gap year. I seriously am almost a different person with a whole new perspective. At the time of reapplying, I was dreading a gap year. I wanted to go straight to medical school. I didn’t want to ‘waste’ time with not learning. In the end, it was a time that I learned so much about myself and for that I will be always grateful!
So second is truly the best, and I am so happy to be here in med school!
Feel free to ask any questions that you may have regarding gap years, reapplying, or just applying to medical school in general!!