"Roughly 20% of the students who apply to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in any given year are reapplicants. Data that we have collected indicate they have a lower acceptance rate than do first time applicants."
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Among the 52,000 plus students who applied to medical school during the 2015 - 2016 application cycle were a substantial number of reapplicants. In fact, there were over 14,000 reapplicants, accounting for over 25% of the total pool.
The many opportunities that I have had to advise reapplicants have shown me that reapplicants have much to offer the medical profession. I have admired their dedication and commitment to the field, and appreciated the perseverance and tenacity they have shown in their efforts to secure positions in medical school.
Success as a reapplicant is dependent upon a strong understanding of the factor or factors that are preventing admission to medical school. Years of experience have taught me that reapplicants are not often the best judge of the factors that pertain to them. To be sure, some factors are quite obvious, as is the case with a low GPA or MCAT score. However, other factors are not well recognized by applicants.
It is essential to have an objective analysis of your credentials, experiences, and achievements. Some examples of what may be uncovered through such efforts:
Is it just a GPA or MCAT problem? Or are there other deficiencies you have not fully appreciated?
Have your experiences shown that you have a commitment to the medical profession?
Does your application clearly indicate an orientation to serving others, and does it do so in a compelling manner?
Are the description fields in your AMCAS application written in an engaging manner?
Does your personal statement contain the content that admissions committees seek?
Were the letter writers you chose people who really know you? Were they effectively able to write about your qualities and characteristics?
Was your interview performance lacking in some way?
It's this type of analysis which will allow you to determine the strong and weak points in your application, ensuring that the actions you take will advance your cause.
Once these factor(s) are identified, appropriate steps can be implemented to remedy the problem(s). The steps must be specific, and tailored to your situation and the schools where you stand the best chance of securing admission. In other words, you need the right strategy, one that takes into account your unique situation.
Having served on medical school and residency selection committees at two top-20 medical schools, I have extensive experience evaluating the credentials, achievements, and applications of aspiring medical students. I would be delighted to partner with you to identify the factors that are preventing you from reaching your goals. Once these are identified, I will work with to develop a detailed strategy to overcome these factors or barriers.
You've worked hard to reach this point. And now, a thoughtful, detailed, and specific plan is what you deserve to advance your career. If you're ready to proceed, sign up for the Strategy for Success Session below. If you require more information, let's talk. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
How It Works
Step 1: Purchase the Strategy for Success Service ($399)
Step 2: Email your most recent medical school application to
Step 3: We will send you a list of questions to answer so that Dr. Desai can develop a stronger understanding of who you are, what you have done, and what you hope to do in the future.
Step 4: You will have a 1-hour Skype conversation during which Dr. Desai will identify the factors preventing you from medical school admissions. He will also present a detailed plan for you to follow to maximize your chances of success.
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"Getting a letter from our office notifying you of unsuccessful application is not the ideal result of your application process, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your road. We have accepted many students who had previously applied to our program. These successful re-applicants made significant changes to their applications that improved their applicant profiles."
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
"Many successful physicians at one time received the news that their application was rejected, including some who are now on faculty at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. They re-evaluated their application, they worked to improve it, and they subsequently were admitted to medical school....You will need to act on the advice that you are given and develop a plan. Then do it. Following your plan can be the difference between achieving your goal or continuing to dream."
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
"Medical schools look at a combination of your academics, experiences, essays, letters of recommendation, and much more. For some reapplicants, just improving in one area is enough; however, for others, improving in multiple areas is most beneficial."
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine