Don’t give up: how to successfully reapply to medical school
Four students share their experiences and offer advice on applying again
- By: Laura Glenny
Not receiving an offer to study at medical school can make you question whether medicine is the right career for you. You’re not alone, however. Getting into medical school is highly competitive, with an average of 11.2 applicants for each place compared with the national average of five per place for other courses.1 Four students who reapplied successfully share their experiences and tips on how to succeed with your application a second time around.
I applied to Leeds, Bristol, Sheffield, and Keele as a school leaver in 2014, but I was unsuccessful and received four rejections without an interview. Undeterred, I reapplied the next year, but instead of Sheffield I selected Aberdeen. I was offered an interview from both Leeds and Aberdeen, and I am now in my first year at Aberdeen.