I applied to a few schools last year, and received secondaries from all of them. However, I only completed and submitted one of these secondaries. I am applying again this year, because I didn't get into that school (lesson learned!!). Now my question is, will schools that I did not complete secondaries for last year, penalize me this year? Have I hurt my chances for these schools in anyway? I'm glad to say I've already submitted 8 secondaries this year, so hopefully things will turn out better. I would greatly appreciate any responses. The school that rejected me, did interview me. I asked the dean of admissions very categorically why I didn't get in. They said that the committee felt I lacked in clinical experience. My cgpa and bcpm is 3.6 MCAT: 31 Last application cycle clinical experience: -20 hours physician shadowing -200 hours of hospital volunteering This year I have added following clinical experience: -70 hours shadowing orthopedic surgeon -50 hours shadowing general surgeon -50 hours shadowing oncologist -400 hours volunteering in surgery department of hospital my gpa and MCAT are still the same Do you think this is a substantial improvement? I added approx. 600 hours of clinical experience in one year.