• Pharmacy Job Market Webinar

    Are you considering applying to pharmacy school but are concerned about job prospects when you graduate? Join us on Wednesday, July 28th at 8 PM Eastern to hear from three PharmDs about their experiences and options outside of retail pharmacy.

pasta man

noodly goodness
10+ Year Member
Jan 26, 2007
31
1
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
There has been a lot of heated discussion on SDN about this topic. Basically, someone will post saying he was accepted to a med school but doesn't really want to go there - is it okay if he declines the acceptance and reapplies the following year (or later)? People will jump in left and right saying...
1. Doing this will say to med schools that he is not serious about medicine, and no med school will want to take him if he had the chance to be a doctor and turned it down because of frivolous prestige/location reasons.
2. He is an idiot for applying to schools he really didn't want to attend.

To put response #1 to rest:
Is there anyone out there who was accepted, declined the acceptance, and reapplied? Were you accepted again (to a "better" school, perhaps)? Or did you find the market exceedingly harder the second time around?
 

Kikaku21

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
May 10, 2006
704
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
There has been a lot of heated discussion on SDN about this topic. Basically, someone will post saying he was accepted to a med school but doesn't really want to go there - is it okay if he declines the acceptance and reapplies the following year (or later)? People will jump in left and right saying...
1. Doing this will say to med schools that he is not serious about medicine, and no med school will want to take him if he had the chance to be a doctor and turned it down because of frivolous prestige/location reasons.
2. He is an idiot for applying to schools he really didn't want to attend.

To put response #1 to rest:
Is there anyone out there who was accepted, declined the acceptance, and reapplied? Were you accepted again (to a "better" school, perhaps)? Or did you find the market exceedingly harder the second time around?

This is a good question. I have not seen any actual data, including anecdotes on SDN, suggesting that you are screwed for declining and reapplying.
 

SpiresAAC

New Member
10+ Year Member
May 16, 2006
98
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
A friend of mine was on the waitlist of a few schools the first year he applied. One of the schools where he was waitlisted accepted him the day before orientation. He declined the acceptance, cause he already had a job and a plan to apply again the next year. The second time he applied he was accepted to his first choice med school, and he is now an emergency medicine resident.
 
About the Ads

Rocket3004

Member
10+ Year Member
Jun 28, 2005
422
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
others have, as this topic has come up before. I *think* that it may be school dependent on how they "view" this.
 

Carl Weathers

I voted for Arnold
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Aug 12, 2006
62
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
An interesting question could be turning down a DO school to apply MD. I think I remember reading a thread where someone applied to an MD school the first semester they were at a DO school. Supposedly, they got into the MD school, but they had to redo their first semester.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 14 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.