That is what I said as well to her. Why quit if you made it this far? Her school does not allow remediation, period. A relatively large number of students will be repeating a year. As I said, some schools have very strict rules in place. I can’t provide additional info as I don’t know these students. All she said, they are hard working, studied their tails off and unfortunately something didn’t click for them to get a passing score. I was genuinely only curious to learn of options that could possibly be open to students that choose to discontinue their med school journey. We don’t know what terms are given, how many repeat fails are “allowed” before students are dismissed completely. So can completely understand if some are looking for other options outside of med school.
I read your whole thread and it seems you’re a very concerned friend, so concerned that you would post for them. However, is it at all possible that your friend & her peers can find out what those protocols are without fear of being reprimanded? I wonder which school this is & why this has to be an online anonymous question in the first place. I’m sorry that this is has happened, but maybe the next course of action should be to consider that your friend and her peers need to reflect if they’re simply basing a really HUGE DECISION TO QUIT on an isolated factor (examples — The specific medical school, an instructor, or just they all need to collectively check in with their own mental health at this point & take a LOA/ “leave of absence” and explore their options).
Truthfully, as much as you are trying to find solutions for your friend, the burden of knowing what to do does not fall on you. Ultimately, these are adult decisions that, if you are also a medical student, would really be your friend and her peer’s to directly contact their school, administration, or whomever would know the rules and protocols for handling such outcomes of failed courses.
You sound really stressed out for them, but just a reminder that ALL of these former premeds are meeting the reality of the lifestyle and the institution they chose. After all of your research online, the rest of the story, the other factors will not be dealt with or explored properly in this thread - without sufficient additional information.
And only your friend and others can individually and/or collectively find a solution.
One’s hopes and dreams should not be given up on based on 1 setback. But you also aren’t responsible for making 1 friend realize that they should continue medical school or not… it’s possible they realized they don’t want to, for whatever reason.
On SDN, we don’t know everything about your friend’s situation & I hope that it’s not involving anything personal outside of not being able to grasp the material or not wanting to continue in the field but maybe too disheartened by the thought of it to admit/accept that yet. It could literally be anything! Though I hope all else going on with that friend as an individual is A-ok otherwise.
It’s the best I can say. So be good to one another.