The Do's and Don'ts of Reapplying for Medical School
Dr. Quinn Capers IV, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions
Being notified that your medical school application was rejected can be a painful blow. Be aware that many current physicians are familiar with that pain, but it is a memory that is overshadowed by the joy of ultimately gaining acceptance to medical school. Before reapplying, ask yourself some tough questions. When you close your eyes and imagine yourself in a long white coat, what aspect of being a physician leaves you feeling good inside? Is it the fulfillment of a deep desire to help your fellow man by curing, treating and preventing illness? Is it the high esteem in which doctors are held, or imagining how proud your family will be? Is it the lucrative pay? Although the years in medical school and residency training can be exhilarating and filled with incredible, life-affirming encounters, these years can also be quite arduous and exhausting. You are making a commitment to years of sacrifice and service; be sure that your motivation will sustain you on this journey.
So, you have asked the tough questions and you are back where you started. You want to be a doctor. Then, by all means, reapply. Some of the best physicians practicing today were rejected the first or even second time they applied to medical school. Your destiny may very well be protecting the health of the world's citizens and fighting disease with a blend of science and compassion. It starts with reapplying. Every year, Ohio State University accepts around two hundred future doctors into medical school. Each year, some of these students are repeat applicants.
There are some definite "dos and don'ts" to keep in mind when reapplying. Below are some tips that I hope you will find useful; they represent my thoughts after reviewing many repeat applicants, some of whom we interview and ultimately accept. I wish you the best of luck, and I look forward to receiving your application here at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Find out where you went wrong.
Act on the results of your fact finding mission.
Allow enough time to positively impact your portfolio before you reapply.
Change your essay.
Use the interview to show how you have improved as an applicant.
I hope these tips and examples will help you prepare yourself to reapply to medical school. I'm sure you will find that the extra time you spend in building your portfolio of experience and learning is well worth the effort in achieving your goal of entering one of the most rewarding careers in the world – that of a physician.
Thank you and good luck.