I have 63 rejections from 41 different medical schools. For those
in the know, I had a 3.3 GPA (Post Bacc 3.9), MCAT scores of VR11,
PS13, BS12, five years of volunteer experience in a hospital, a year
as a medical receptionist, and wanted to do something useful.
I have been asked why I took the time to type in all these
letters. I started this web page while I was waiting for the last of
my replies from medical schools. I transcribed the letters as they
came in. This web page then just sat until it was indexed by some
search engines. Once in a while the link gets posted on a bulletin
board and I'll get a flurry of hits.
I'm also asked is why I didn't get in. It's usually in an email
with a tone that says, "Why didn't you get in, loser? There were
plenty of underqualified people in my class who are now doctors.
There must be something wrong with you." And don't think I haven't
heard those exact words.
I didn't get in because of bad luck and bad timing. I applied when
the number of people wanting to get into medical school was peaking.
I was also too old, too Asian, and my undergraduate GPA was too
I quit trying after several years of being told by the admissions
committees that there was nothing wrong with my application. I
thought about other medical careers, but I gave that up after asking
the admissions officer of a local medical school about Physician's
Assistant and Nursing programs, and she suggested, "I don't know, but
have you ever thought about becoming an X-Ray Tech?"
If you're applying to medical school, good luck to you and
remember to chase down all your recommendation letters and READ THEM.
Don't apply until all your ducks are in a row. And keep your fingers
crossed. When the pool of prospective students is full of qualified
applicants, it it takes some luck.