Do you guys think there is a limit to applying to med school? If so, please vote!
True, but this is true primarily for top 20 schools only. Besides, I doubt anyone "qualified" to apply to Harvard or Hopkins, wouldn't get in SOMEWHERE within 3 tries.dr.z said:Some schools will only let you apply 3 times.
1Path said:I think you should apply unitil you get in if it's what you want. I know someone who applied to vet school 7 times unitil he was finally admitted. I don't he "wasted time" because he continued to work as a lab tech in a state research lab (vet dept) until he matriculated. IMHO, "wasting time" occurs if you do absolutely NOTHING else until matriculation like getting married, buying a house, ect, until after you finish med school in this scenario.
Why isn't there the "apply until you get in" choice?
MD Rapper said:But if you want it bad enough and are self motivated, you can go to a number of these foreign schools (maybe a couple DO too (please no flaming)) and just rock your curriculum and boards... then you simply can't be denied.
I have to disagree with the majority and say don't put a time limit on what you want to do. If you want to go to medical school here in the states, then keep applying until you get what you want. Don't give up or settle for something you don't want just because you hit the "applied three times" mark. There are things you can do in the down time that will actually increase your chances of getting into medical school and make you a more competitive applicant for a residency match. For instance, you can pursue other options while you are applying to medical school. You can get a Master in Public Health degree, which is fantastic to have and will make you highly competitive, or any other master's degree for that matter. You can also look into a nursing or physician assistant program while you are applying to medical school. The degree you obtain from either of these programs will increase your chances of getting into medical school because of the exposure and experience you will gain inside the medical community. I would recommend you pursue an academic route during your "down time". It will only help you. Don't give up on medicine, and don't put a number on what you want to do. Living is not about making a paycheck, although having one come in is great. Living is something you do day for day, and there are lots of things you can be doing today that will lead you to what you want to do.