I'm seeking some advice/comments about reapplying to MSTPs. Has anyone done this or have experiences they'd like to share? I applied to ~12 MSTPs (a couple top programs, most second tier) during 2007-2008 cycle. I chose schools largely based on location and my research interests, not rank or prestige. Offered 4 interviews, rejected post interview at one school, waitlisted at others. This really surprised me, since interviewing has always been one of my greatest strengths. Bottom line, I don't have any acceptances and am unlikely to get one this cycle in my opinion. Now I'm faced with the prospect of reapplying, something I really hoped I wouldn't have to do. I really thought I would get in SOMEWHERE the first time around. Anyway, this whole process has taken the wind out of my sails. If I reapply, will my application this year really be much more competitive than it was last year? (NOTE: see bottom of this post for my stats.) I will have another year of full-time research under my belt, a new conference abstract/poster, and hopefully a submitted first-author pub in the next month, but will that even make a difference? I've asked the directors at the programs I interviewed at for feedback about my application and advice about how to make it more competitive, but none of them have had any concrete suggestions. They've all basically said something to the effect of, "Eh, your application was all right, but you aren't quite what we are looking for." What does that mean? I basically feel like if I reapply, I'll be submitting almost the exact same application with only minor modifications, and if these schools didn't want me the first time around, why will they suddenly change their minds the second time around? That being said, I'm debating whether I should reapply MSTP or bite the bullet and apply MD-only and then find a way to incorporate my research interests into my future education/career. Honestly, at this point, I feel like I'm aimlessly spinning my wheels - I just really want to get accepted SOMEWHERE (be it MSTP or MD-only) so I can feel like I'm making progress towards my goal of earning a degree and becoming a physician-scientist. Please give me your thoughts. PS, this is me: Graduated from a top 25 school in 2007; degree in biomedical engineering. GPA: 3.52, MCAT: 34P. Undergrad research in 2 different labs, senior thesis, 2nd author pub, won a $3000 research grant, ER volunteer, president of honors engineering program, lots of leadership and volunteering in community and student organizations, etc. Took a year off after graduating to work full time as a research associate at a major medical school. I am a competitive applicant, aren't I? Are my below average GPA and MCAT really going to keep me out of these programs? Bah!