Each year, a lot of students gain admission to medical school to start studying the doctor of medicine. However, a lot of students also get pegged behind and are unable to gain admission to medical school. They then begin pondering what went wrong.
In the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, students are often guided and told what happened to their admissions processes. However, a lot of students often feel confused about that. There are instances where they did do well in both the medical college admissions test (MCAT) and in their premed/undergraduate GPA, but when they don’t get admission, they feel down and confused.
In fact many of them feel left alone in the dark; hardly any one tells them what went wrong. They are somehow told how to do it again and even ace it.
How can medical students be able to conquer medical school admissions, again, when they are unable to do so in the first try?
Each year, a lot of medical school applicants feel confused whenever they are unable to make it to medical school. They often start wondering what to do differently and what not to do differently when they apply for admission again.
Some of these problems can be overcome easily. However, some of them cannot be really easy when it comes to overcoming them. Hence, here are some factors students should understand when they are unable to gain admission in medical schools:
Avoiding applying to a narrow range of medical schools
A lot of students are often told that they are great applicants. Frankly speaking, many of them are. But there are those who are not much of great applicants.
Regardless of whether they apply to Harvard medical school, University of Windsor, Sackler Faculty of Medicine – Tel Aviv University or the University of Sydney medical school, they need to be careful when it comes to applying for medical school admissions.
Students and applicants alike are advised to apply to a wide range of medical schools. Instead of aiming high, aiming realistically is the need of the hour. The competition for medical school admissions is rising each day.
Unless and until students have exceptional grades, good scores in MCAT, the needed experience letters, properly written admission materials with a good interview; it is imperative that students apply to a wide range of medical schools (especially those where they have a realistic chance of striking gold).
Sometimes, applicants and their advisors often overestimate the competitiveness students have. Hence, these students on advice of their advisors only apply at top medical schools. In short, they must apply to a wider range of med schools.
Submitting admission documents that are badly composed
Regardless of whether the candidate has strengths outnumbering weaknesses or not, composing admission documents properly and persuasively is needed for applicants to be as successful as possible.
Regardless of whether they are competitive applicants seeking acceptance to the most prestigious medical schools in the country, a upper mid-level half average half top applicant applying realistically or a borderline applicant with either average or below average grades, experiences or MCAT scores, the way they compose their application materials should convince Pre medical courses for students that they are worthy candidates.
Else, they will end up behind many others. Applicants must write the descriptions of their experience and personal statements in a way that admissions committees should be convinced.
Demonstration of poor interview skills
When an applicant reaches the interview stage, the interview is an important measuring stick for success. A lot of interviewees having great interpersonal skills as well as emotional intelligence are better interviewees in comparison to introverted applicants.
Nervous and inarticulate applicants can often be found under-performing in most interviews. At times, they do ace an interview (depending on their luck) but they need improvement too.
Some medical schools stateside are adopting the multiple mini interview format (MMI), there are still many that conduct one-on-one interviews, or both. Caribbean medical schools often carried out the latter over the former.
Most medical school applicants think about interviews being the most stressful of all stages in the admissions process. In fact, such can be true in just some instances because interviewers are trying to get to know the student. They assess each applicant to see if they are the best fir for medical school, or not.