I hope this isn't redundant to most of you, but I've been dying to ask this for a long time. I applied for two long cycles and was rejected. That's not my point, though. I was prepared to apply for as long as it took until I did a summer enrichment program. I was confronted with the fact that I will very likely not be able to handle the schedule of med school because of some health concerns. The biggest one is my diet limitations. I have GERD so I can't have any caffeinated or carbonated drinks. No spicy food, no ice cream, no salad dressing. I also am on a diabetic diet so no sugar, and I limit white breads, pastas, potatoes etc. I have a strange problem where I can't eat garlic or onions without getting the runs. So eating out is difficult to say the least. And being on a limited-time schedule makes it hard for me to have foods I can eat (fruits, vegetables, bland food etc.) on hand since most convenience foods are out of the question for me. And if I eat out I run the risk of eating onions or garlic and being tied to a bathroom for a while. sorry if that's TMI. This created a problem when I did the summer program. I was living in a dorm with no stove, and we were in class all day from 8-4 or 5 most days, with study sessions every Saturday morning at 8. I ate badly. When I eat badly I get sluggish. I get sleepy. I don't think well. I was in bed at 10 or 11 each night. That severely cut down on study time and I noticed a drop in my academic performance because I was run down. Now, I would like to think that I know what I"m getting into. We all know how rigorous this training is. But I have serious doubts that I can complete 7 years of training feeling the way I do and being limited the way I am. so I'm wondering how you guys have coped so far. Have your eating/sleeping habits changed in med school, and how so? Has this negatively affected you, and in what ways? I'm wondering if I could have a talk with my top choice school and see if some accomodations could be made, such as a break in the middle of my day to go home and have a decent lunch if I"m on an 8-12 hour shift. Do med schools make these kinds of accomodations? I guess it would be more dependant on the hospital you're working at. I applied early decision to one school this cycle, and was rejected. It was expected, but I didn't expect the secondary application I got from them in October, even though I never submitted a regular decision AMCAS. I know I want to go into rural primary care so it's not like I want to match into a super competitive and fast-paced specialty. Is it realistic to try to apply again, even though it's likely I won't succeed? Thanks for your input.