It's likely that you may never get another II if you dump an acceptance. Many schools ask if you have ever been accepted.Last cycle I applied with a 513 MCAT, 3.9 GPA, standard ECs, and four years work experience as a software engineer. Several MD schools interviewed then waitlisted me.
Fortunately some DO schools accepted me, and I planned to attend one across the country. My goal is IM/FM/EM and I would be happy to go DO. However four months ago I began a relationship and now I am reluctant to move far away from this person.
Thoughts on deferring / reapplying for the current cycle?
Reasons for doing so
- Stay in my current city and let this relationship develop. Next year, either we can move together or I can hopefully attend a local school.
- Fix deficits in my application and get an MD acceptance. I applied late September, with a missing prereq, and just barely 100 hours clinical experience.
If you defer, how will things be different in a year? It's actually hard to get a deferral; usually they're for emergencies. This isn't an emergency.
Also, schools that let you defer will often have you sign a contract that you will not use the intervening time to apply elsewhere.