The number of applicants to American medical schools continues to rise from year to year, while the increases in incoming class seats have been slow and modest. Consequently, every year there are qualified applicants who may be denied admission to medical school.
To apply to medical school and be denied admission can be a great disappointment to premeds after all the effort they have devoted to their academic studies and fieldwork, not to mention to the application process itself. Though no one feels the disappointment of having to reapply as keenly as the applicant, the Premedical Committee shares in the disappointment of an unsuccessful application.
At the same time, the Committee remains steadfast in its faith in students’ potential to gain admission to pursue study in the profession of their choices. The Premedical Committee, however, requires careful thought and further hard work to compile a successful reapplication. The purpose of the reapplicant toolkit is to guide the thinking of prospective reapplicants toward this end.
A student who applies to medical school with the support of the Premedical Committee, but is not offered admission, normally retains that support upon reapplication. However, the Committee will support no more than two reapplications (i.e., three application cycles—or four, if initially one had applied via linkage).
The Premedical Committee recommends that students planning to reapply not do so until they are confident they have addressed any weaknesses in their initial applications. The goal is for applicants to come across as “new and improved,” rather than as the same one year later. Students must not assume that reapplying immediately is in one’s best interest. Mere persistence yields nothing and might cost the reapplicant a lot. Therefore, the premedical committee recommends that prospective reapplicants discuss their plans with their advisors.
The Reapplicant Tooltkit is designed to guide prospective reapplicants through a comprehensive and fair assessment of themselves as applicants and thereby prepare them to submit strong and compelling reapplications, should they choose to do so. Well-prepared, thoughtful premeds who submit their reapplications in a timely way have reasonable success in gaining admission to medical school.
Maintenance of Status
First-time reapplicants are required to be enrolled for a second year of Maintenance of Status; however, they won’t incur a fee. Second-time reapplicants will not be reenrolled in Maintenance of Status, but will continue to have access to their advisors and to administrative support of their applications to schools in their chosen health profession.