SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hi All, I applied to med school last year, and did not get in anywhere, but I applied late and to no safety schools. I got one interview (at the University of Wisconsin, my state school) and was rejected. Now I'm in the process of applying again. This cycle I applied earlier and to more schools, and again I interviewed at wisconsin, and was rejected. Now, I still haven't heard back from any other schools about interviews and I'm beginning to worry that I may not get in anywhere... again! If i don't get in, I am willing to reapply as many times as I have to in order to get in. So, im looking for ideas on how I can improve my application? My application the way I applied this year: Double Major: Biology & Philosophy Cumulative GPA:3.62 Science GPA:3.72 -my gpa is steady all 4 years except my junior year it was a little lower, and my brother died of cancer that year so I was out of class a lot. I wrote about this in many secondary essays -I had 1 change to AMCAS by a reviewer. I forgot to include that i was in a spanish class for about 2 weeks, then I dropped it because it was no longer required after I changed majors. Showed up as a withdrawal on AMCAS. MCAT1 : 28Q(9/9/10) MCAT2 : 34Q(10/12/12) EC's listed on AMCAS Volunteering: - Delivered flowers to patients in a hospital for 9 months (2 hours weekly) - Mentor through big brother big sister program for 9 months (45 mins weekly) - Alternative Spring Break, Helped underserved minorities in San Juan, Texas for 1 week (about 40 hours) - Volunteered at a Hospice, provided companionship & some basic care, for 18 months (2 hours weekly) Employment: - worked one summer at a factory - worked two summers landscaping - worked 1.5 years(summer and during school) at a mall retailer - After graduation, I got a job at an Electronic Medical Records company. I put it on my app even though I did not know much about the company at the time I was applying (I put my app in after I got hired, but before I started working) Hobbies: Weight lifting Fraternity member for 1 year Other: Teaching Assistant: I helped teach in an anatomy dissection Lab. Shadowed an orthopedic surgeon approx 30 hours Letters of recommendation From my OCHEM professor, I think this is my weakest letter. I got a B in the class and did not know the professor well. However, I did get my lab TA to cosign the letter and I had a good relationship with him From my Immunology Professor, I was told she writes good letters and I got an A in the class. No personal relationship though From my anatomy professor and Cosigned by my TA, I'm told they write Amazing letters From the orthopedic surgeon I shadowed. I have no idea how good/bad this letter would have been. (I used the above four letters both times I applied ) Personal Statement I had my personal statement reviewed by a number of friends and a pre health advisor before I submitted them, so I know that it is at least not atrocious. Conclusion Looking at my own application I think that my biggest holes are a lack of research and my letters of recommendation. However, I have a lot of questions in general -What do you think are the main improvements I can make to my application? -I'm planning on getting new letters of recommendation, but where should I get them from since I have been out of school since may? -should I apply this coming year or the next year? (My MCAT will expire after this year so I will need to retake it if i apply in 2 years, but I am confident that I could do better if i retook it) Whew! I think thats everything! If you've made it this far Thanks for looking, and i'm interested in any comments(Seriously anything!!!!) you have. Also if you'd like more information let me know!!