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what if i dont get into med school

what should I start looking to do if i dont get into med school #obstetrician

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James’s Answer

There are many other medical careers available if the physician career doesn't work out — nursing, physician's assistant, medical technologist, healthcare IT, etc... It's a huge field!


This is actually a great question, because that question is encountered on almost all medical school interviews. It's a question to expect from the interviewer: "What would you do if medicine doesn't work for you?" It's a question designed to assess the applicant's interests outside of medicine. What other skills do you have that you can turn into a career if medicine doesn't work out for you is the more tangible version of that question. Will you pursue a PhD instead? Will you drop out of science all together? Take on something completely different like go to law school? Start a business? Do you have some sort of unusual artistic talent? I can't really tell you what to say, because it's really something for you to figure out. Everyone is different!

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Maya’s Answer

Hi! First of all don't panic. Most students take a couple times to get into medical school so if you truly want to be a physician do not give up! If you get rejected from medical school, maybe try adding more research, volunteering, and other things to make yourself a more competitive applicant for the next years application cycle. If your GPA is a little consider a post back which is where students can essentially repeat a year of college to raise grades that were initially low that way when they reapply to medical school they are more competitive. Finally, try applying to D.O. schools instead of M.D. schools, there is a stigma surrounding D.O. schools but D.O.'s have all the same opportunities and responsibilities as M.D.'s. Overall, keep trying, don't quit at the first sign of rejection. Good luck!

Maya recommends the following next steps:

Don't panic
Make yourself a more competitive applicant
Consider applying to D.O. schools
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Sierra’s Answer

Hi! Applying to M.D. school is no small feat so don't get discouraged. If you are looking for an alternate career as a backup try to think about the elements of patient care that attract you to medicine in the first place. For instance, if you enjoy rehabilitation fields like Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Language Pathology are all excellent careers. If you enjoy direct patient care there are several excellent avenues you can take with a nursing degree. The healthcare field is very diverse and constantly growing so take your time and explore all your options. You never now what career path you might fall in love with!
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