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Does anyone have firsthand experience or knowledge about what happens if someone does not make it into medical school?

I am interested in the medical field to become a doctor but I am aware of the low acceptance rate into medical schools. #medicine #pre-med #medicine-school

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Richard’s Answer

I know several colleagues that did not get into medical school when they first applied.

Some examples:
1) Went to foreign medical school and now has a successful career in USA
2) Went to osteopathic school and eventually completed a orthopedic surgery residency.
3) Decided to become a PA
4) Received a master's degree and successfully reapplied to a US medical school
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Omneya’s Answer

Do a post-graduate prep program at a medical school.

If you don't get into medical school, it just means the school doesn't believe you are prepared enough to handle it yet. If you complete a prep program, you will be better prepared for medical school.

I know they have a prep program at UTMB in Galveston TX. Those students get into medical school because they take graduate level courses and you can get recommendation letters from professors that teach medical school classes.

You will also be better prepared for medical school than undergraduates who immediately start medical school after they graduate. I have discovered that it's actually better for you to take baby steps to get into medical school than to immediately start after college.

I know prep programs can be expensive, but they also save you money in the long run. Medical students still face the stress of failing medical school classes or exams, not getting a good USMLE score or, worse, not getting accepted to a residency program. This actually happens to more medical students than you may think and they end up losing thousands of dollars because you don't get a refund if you don't succeed.

Find an affordable prep program and contact them to see if they are the right fit for you.

Best of luck!
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Wael’s Answer

It is unfortunate that you have to be in this position. I know some people who continued to engineering, business, and some dropped out all together. Just be positive and try your best and hopefully you will get into medical school.

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Estelle’s Answer

Most of the people that I know that did not get into medical school on their first try applied again. They retook the MCAT and worked on improving their resumes. They were passionate about becoming physicians and knew that the effort would be worthwhile. They did not get discouraged. One person did apply to a foreign medical school, and she was accepted. She is now in residency in the US.
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Rachel’s Answer

Absolutely. I am very close friends with at least two physicians very good physicians who were not accepted to medical school on the first try. One is a radiologist now and the other is an orthopedic surgeon. Both retook the MCAT to get a higher score and worked on research while they waited to reapply. There is certainly hope for an acceptance later if you do not get in the first time.
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