Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could be guaranteed acceptance to med school? Wouldn’t that make you feel Fantastic? Awesome!
But of course there’s no such thing as a guaranteed acceptance to med school (unless you applied to a combined bachelor’s/medical school program and got accepted).
You might have some anxieties, like: “Am I qualified?” “What if I don’t get in?” “How do I do everything possible to make sure I can get in?”
This common anxiety comes from these facts: 66,000 people take the MCAT each year; 40,000 apply to medical school – but there are only 17,000 seats available.
Of the 40,000 applicants, how many actually go through the entire process? How many self-sabotage?
I can’t be exactly sure what percentage of applicants take themselves out of the application process, but I’ll bet it’s a pretty high percentage … say 20 or 30 percent. And now we’re down from 40,000 applicants to about 28,000. Your odds may have just gone up quite a bit.
Here’s how you might sabotage your application: Let’s say you’re nervous about your chances. So you tweak your personal statement for two months, and fiddle with your AMCAS. You debate schools with friends and others for another month. You switch around your recommenders. You apply in September, a full month before the primary application deadlines.
Or, let’s say you apply fairly early, but you receive a flood of secondary applications. You sort them into two piles – “do now” and “do later.” You never get around to finishing the ones in the “do later” pile (they were “too hard” “too weird” “too [blank]” anyway).
Don’t sabotage your application because you’re anxious about the outcome. Ignore the anxiety and charger forward. There is a seat at a medical school waiting for you to fill it, but you won’t even get near the door if you stall.