Hello, I just finished my sophomore year at SLU as a med scholar. My GPA was a 3.7, with 3.65 in the math/sciences (comfortably above the 3.5 requirement). I had over 300 hours of shadowing experience, as well other a few hundred other hours of non-shadowing clinical experience. After i finished my med school interview a few months ago, i was confident that i would fall into the the 98% of scholars who make it into SLUMED. My interview was a breeze. However, a few days ago, i received a letter in the mail. It was a letter of decline. I was outright rejected from med school. As you can imagine, my family and I are extremely disappointed. I've spoken with the associate dean, Dr. Willmore, two times since then. Both were lengthy conversations about why i didn't get in. He went on to say that the committee had major concerns about my understanding of the medical field and the lifestyle of a physician. In my essays and interview, i tried to convey my belief that helping others in need, provides a sense of fulfillment and reward. Yet, he abruptly shot this down, telling me that my reasoning was entirely wrong. He stated that "doctors don't feel fulfilled or rewarded, they're tired, over-worked, and depressed." I was rejected because apparently i don't understand that. He would not specify what portions of my application caused my rejection (essay, interview, etc). Anyways, i would advise people to stay away from this program. 5 other students were declined like me, even though they had the gpa. The 98% stat is far from the truth. It's false advertising at it's finest. In actuality, only 18-20% of the original pool of medical scholars make it into med school. So, here i am, a little lost and unsure of what to do now. The 1st thing i want to do, is immediately transfer from SLU, as its tuition is grossly expensive and no longer worth the price, but transfer deadlines for the fall have passed. I am considering staying at home for a semester, rather than go to slu. I could prepare for the mcats, do research and anything else. But, how does staying home for a semester look to medical schools? Also, if i was to transfer, how would i explain what happened to me, to medical schools, during future interviews? More generally, where do i go from here? what do i need to do next to reach my goal of med school?