With each branching-off point, a new plan must be formulated. A weak GPA sends an applicant in a new direction, as does changing your MCAT date. The new plan becomes the main plan until another branch point grows. The fact is there are many approaches to getting into medical school. I don’t think there are routes that are any better than others. After all, don’t most vines look similar? Maybe some are thicker than others, just as some applicants have thicker files. However, medical schools thrive on diversity. Picture a vine climbing up a wall. Can you see the myriad of ways the vines bend and weave to get to the top?
Try not to be frightened of the “Backup Plan.” Just think of it as a new vine to pursue on your way to the top. There may be points of weakness in your vine. What are ways that you could reinforce these sites? For example, if you have a weak GPA, research some accelerated master’s programs that could keep you active academically and show your commitment to education. If you spent too much time in the library and not enough in the clinic, look for an internship or medical mission trip that could boost your clinical hours and give perspective into the career path you have decided upon.
Personally, I’ve spent too much time in the books, lab, and hospital. I have a few optional vines I will follow from volunteering abroad in an orphanage to becoming fluent in Spanish and living at home with my mom. Having concrete plans will help you feel more secure and enable you to answer the question of what your “Backup Plan” is in your interviews and on your secondaries.
I wish you all the sunlight and NPK nutrients you could ever need to help your vines grow strong and sturdy to the top.
1) Best 4 Things to Do Before Med School
2) Personal Statement Advice
3) Factors Behind Med School Admission
4) Highlight Compassion in Your Application
5) Store Retail Clinics
6) ObamaCare Delays from a Dr. Perspective
7) White Coat Ceremony
8) What year to apply to Med School?
9) Heart attack damage repaired using gene therapy