Several articles have been written criticizing pre med students: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/04/top-5-reasons-t.html This wired article is probably the best example that I've come upon, and the discussion below it is really interesting. For those who don't feel like clicking: One of the themes that kept coming up in the discussion that followed is that the admissions process forces applicants to conform to these stereotypes by its over-reliance on grades, MCATs despite the insistence on being the nebulously-defined-but-terrifying "well-rounded." Now that the 08 application season is finishing up and 09s are getting geared up to submit those primaries, I'm curious to know what you guys consider the worst aspects of the whole process - from deciding to be a doctor, preparing to apply (getting involved in ECs, trying to establish relationships to get good LORs, etc) to actually applying and (hopefully) interviewing and getting accepted. I'd like to get views from everyone, college freshmen to current med students to whoever else wants to chime in. I'll start: 3) The urge to not help other classmates. Despite the fact that many premeds naturally consider themselves pretty altruistic and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others, I sometimes found myself wondering if I really should be explaining in such detail that organic chemistry concept that I understood but my classmate didn't. I tried my best to ignore this, but it was always in the back of my mind. 2) The urge to stretch yourself too thin. When you enter college, you're told that to get into med school, you need to have great grades, MCAT scores, research, and substantial volunteering and medical experience. For most of college I was interested in getting a PhD in neuroscience, so I was really into research. I noticed that a lot of premed students in my lab weren't fully engaged with the stuff that we were doing. When I decided that I wanted to go to med school, I started to fall into that same category. It just seemed less important and I tried less hard. I think this was because I was so busy focusing on other aspects of the application that I couldn't devote myself so fully anymore. 1) The cost. It's been a trend in recent years to apply to greater than 10 schools, on average. I know someone who applied to 41 schools. This in turn probably pushes back the acceptances for everyone because adcoms have to sort through so many more applications. MCAT classes are almost required unless you have insane self-discipline. The cost of the MCAT itself is high. Flying to interviews. Doing a postbac if you need to. It's really pretty endless, and costs of getting in can easily exceed $3000. I'm not saying that these problems have an easy fix or even a fix at all. They're just really, really unfortunate. So now, your thoughts.