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Top 5 Reasons Medical School Applicants Are Rejected

Postby goliszek » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:35 pm

Every year, thousands of medical school applicants are rejected for a variety of reasons. But according to medical school admissions officers, there are five main reasons why medical schools will reject an applicant. They are:

1. Poor grades and/or MCAT scores. Many schools screen applicants based on minimum GPA and MCAT scores, and will automatically reject an applicant that falls below a certain threshold. The general rule of thumb is that you have an overall GPA of 3.5 with a strong performance in the sciences and at least 10 on each section of the old MCAT or an overall score above 500 on the new MCAT. If your MCAT scores are lower (not much lower) but your GPA is outstanding, especially if your undergraduate school was rigorous and competitive, your chances are better.

2. Lack of clinical experience. One of the questions an admissions committee member will ask is, “How can this applicant possibly know that he wants to be a doctor if he’s never spent time in a clinical setting?” If you’re applying to medical school, you better demonstrate your interest through clinical experiences. It’s difficult to convince someone looking at your application or interviewing you that you’re serious about medicine if you’ve not done anything to prove it. The most favorable applicants have shadowed doctors, volunteered at clinics or hospitals, or participated in premed programs that included time spent with physicians.

3. Narrow choice of schools. Unless a student has outstanding grades, very high MCAT scores, exceptional extracurricular activities, and excellent interview skills, he or she must apply to a wide range of medical schools. Competition is fierce. Some national schools receive more than 14,000 applications and are very selective in who they accept. You may think that a 3.5 GPA and a score of 510 on the MCAT will get you into Harvard or Duke, but it most likely won’t. So cover all your bases and include both your dream medical schools and five to seven less selective schools that would more likely accept you, given your academic record.

4. Poorly written essay. Sometimes the difference between getting an interview and an outright rejection comes down to the essay. In borderline cases, an essay will convince an admissions committee member that you’re someone who deserves further consideration. A poorly written essay, on the other hand, will make the rest of your application seem less desirable. If it doesn’t answer the questions of why you want to be a doctor, what led you to this decision, and what you’ve done to cultivate your interest in medicine, your application will simply be one of the thousands that are rejected.

5. Poor interview skills. The last step in the process is the interview, which can be a make or break event for some applicants. This is the last chance an admissions committee member has to get to know the applicant and answer any lingering doubts about academics, volunteer work, desire to be a doctor, etc. It’s also an opportunity for the applicant to make a convincing argument as to why he or she would make a good candidate for the school’s program. Getting this far into the process is a good sign, but some applicants who would otherwise get accepted fall short simply because they didn’t practice beforehand and didn’t come prepared.

Reprinted from The New Medical School Preparation & Admissions Guide, 2016
http://www.medicalschool-admissions.com
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Re: Top 5 Reasons Medical School Applicants Are Rejected

Postby Heasinfer » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:14 am

We know the difference between one person and another person.
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Re: Top 5 Reasons Medical School Applicants Are Rejected

Postby next586 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:49 pm

Excellent post. Thank you very much!!
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Re: Top 5 Reasons Medical School Applicants Are Rejected

Postby Amy Turner » Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:01 am

It is different from person to person but i consider self learning skills and non mental preparance as the most contributing factors
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Re: Top 5 Reasons Medical School Applicants Are Rejected

Postby wishfulDoc » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:06 pm

How does having an institutional action affect your chances? How are applications containing an IA handled?
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