So with my MCAT scores in now there’s nothing “technically” stopping me from going ahead and applying to med schools this summer. However, I’ve gotten a lot of advice in the last few days since my last post announcing my MCAT results. I want to take the time to show what kind of advice I’m taking into consideration and the final decision I’ve made. Let’s go on a journey together. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Deliberation Zone! *cue Twilight Zone music*
Rishi is a med student whose blog, is linked in the blogroll on the left, kids. He wrote about the importance of applying at your best, and how re-applicants, statistically speaking, fight an uphill battle to gain admittance. I read this post many months back, stored that information under the “good to know section”. However, now that my MCATs are in I have an itch to throw what I have at med schools and be done with it. It’s like a kid who’s gotten an allowance and it’s burning a hole in their pocket. I’m very glad that Rishi took the time to comment on my last post and remind me of the words I’d read, but the message had faded. One point to applying later.
Another person I spoke with was my advisor at grad school. She gave me some insight into the school’s selection and ranking procedure for the med school. For one, they highly favor students that have completed the majority of their MS program prior to applying. This would mean that I would need about two more semesters worth first. Perfect for applying next summer. My grad school GPA would be favored by the committee over my undergrad GPA in that case. A good thing if I can keep up the exam grades I got for my first round of exams. And that’s one point towards applying later. Applying later would allow me the time to build up my application and fix weak points(MCAT and GPA). I had the chance to talk with a surgeon in the OR today. He really urged me to fix my MCAT score BEFORE applying. Yet another point towards applying later. 😛 I can’t help but think that he was thinking of MD schools only though in his assessment.
To provide a counter balance, however, I have several real worries about applying this summer. My fears of applying late are these:
1. Retaking the MCAT does not guarantee a higher score, even if one does study their tush off. 😛 This worries me. I’ve bought an Organic Chem textbook in preparation for re-studying this summer, but I reeeallly don’t want to drag myself though all that again.
2. Waiting to apply after taking the MCAT again, when it’s not guaranteed to get a higher score, will put me at a disadvantage since competition goes up each year. I’ll especially be at a disadvantage if my MCATs don’t improve significantly. It’s like fighting inflation with your money in a low yield saving account. You can keep throwing more money in there, but the low APY% will lose every time. This is what makes the stock market attractive…well up until the last few years that is. 😀
What would you do in this predicament? Were you in a similar/different situation when you applied to med school? I would love to hear your comments, advice, criticisms about my lunacy, etc. Any and all advice via these comments, private emails, etc are more than welcome!