Hi my fellow non trads. So I have been spending the past 3-4 years getting ready to go to med school (MD) and this past application cycle unfortunately I wasn't accepted to any med school. Applied to about 25, got one interview but ultimately, they ended up rejecting me. I am again getting ready to apply for the next 2013 application cycle but seriously having some doubts. I think what is most lacking is my clinical experience. Here are my stats as of now. mcat 30 gpa 3.7 science gpa 4.0 age 36 clinical volunteer experience ~100 community service 1 year research 1.5 years with a couple presentations lots of random and varied work experiences (non medically related) So yes, I know, my application isn't stellar by any means. So with this stat and my last unsuccessful application attempts what should I do now? My adviser suggests that I become a scribe, emt or something paid and full time to get my clinical experience better so that if I don't get in again next year, I will be a stronger applicant for the following year. But, I just don't know if I have what it takes to wait another year if I fail to get in anywhere this time around. I already feel really old to be going through the med school and residency route and waiting another year would be I think devastating. So I am currently looking into other professions where I can utilize my premed prerequisite background such as anesthesiologist assistants or clinical laboratory scientists, but both fields are not idealistic. I have been wanting to becoming a Doc for almost a decade now with so much given up that I am not sure if thinking about another career will mean that I am cheating myself or if I am being logical and realistic. I just didn't know it would be this competitive to get in when I started this journey and I certainly didn't' expect to be in this position where I didn't get in anywhere. What do you guys all think? Is it pathetic of me to be thinking of another career? or is it valid and reasonable? PS, I will be applying to both DO and MD schools this time around.