I was debating whether to put this into the reapplicant section of the SDN forums, but I'm posting it here because I want the info available to first time applicants. If you are considering reapplying, what have you learned that you think everyone should know before they go into applying this year? For me, I learned that - You should apply EARLY, EARLY, EARLY. And not just the primary, but getting in the LORs and completing your file is an absolute must. - MCAT means a LOT. If you want an acceptance early in the season, you better be coming out of the gate strong (33+ / good spread) .. but if you are content with a waitlist / late acceptance option, which necessarily entails difficulty in securing loans and getting housing, then a 28+ I think is O.K. for the MD program. - Apply to DO schools on your first swing through. I didn't apply to DO schools, and to be honest the true reason was that I was unaware of their existence at the time of applying.* *kevster2001, a current medical student, has cautioned that this statement won't apply unless you're prepared to go the DO path. - You should know the typical "problems with U.S. healthcare" question you are likely to get at your interview. - Applying solely to IS is about as effective as applying to a ton of schools because, IMHO, your chances are best with IS. - If at an IS interview, do say you want to serve your state. I personally do want to serve PA because the malpractice situation is causing some doctors to move their practices to NJ, OH, NY, etc. and if you do get the WL, send in letters of interest or intent, but the key is simply to wait. Also, some of the ADCOMs appreciated the fact that I have a lot of ECs like crew, ski patrol, research in ortho. surgery, etc. Here are some other comments from other posters, which I'm paraphrasing: cottenr says: - If your academic adviser personally mails your LORs, contact him NOW - don't skimp out on ECs (sports count for ECs too) - Do NOT use the same personal statement or secondary application essays.* *but Little Etoile suggests that re-using PS may not matter as some schools don't look at your past applications. - bug schools constantly with letters, not emails or phone calls. - Apply to at least 15 schools. - Do lots of volunteering. - Use SDN.* * I (majik1213) want to add to cottenr's point that SDN offers not just forums, but other resources as well, such as the interview feedback. Check it out. armybound says: - beef up the LORs - explain activities better Luxian says: - Keep a spreadsheet with contact dats and info for all your schools. - Keep checking the status page until it's confirmed complete. - Know what you're going to say when they ask what you've done in the intervening year. flip26 says: - clinical experiences (shadowing, EMT, OEC-T, etc.) trumps research for EC importance Lshapely reminds us: - get your personal statement looked at by another person. helsizzle says: - apply to Northwestern. (early LOR deadline => early application everywhere) ---- this is a simple paraphrase for convenience, but for the exact statements, please scroll down. I probably won't update this very often anyways.