What are your tips for handling applying for med school? I remember seeing a post from you not too long ago (for me at least) that you only applied to one school and got in, which is something I've never heard of (the applying to one school part that is). I know people who applied to many med schools and didn't get in despite having competitive stats.
Yep, I am an uncommon breed. I did indeed only apply to one medical school. I applied through my school’s early decision program, with the plan to apply to other places if I didn’t get an early interview.
Applying early decision is one huge way to give yourself a leg up over all the other smart kids. My school took over 1/3 of our students from the early pool, and your chances of being accepted from EAP were 2-3 times as high as from the general pool.
For someone like me who had sort of mediocre scores, it was great. The benefit to the school is that they know that if they accept you, you are already 100% committed to going to that school, so it’s guaranteed filled seats for them, whereas other accepted students might pick another school they were accepted to. You can only apply ED at one school, so if there’s a place you think you have a decent shot at and that you’d be happy going to, go for it.
My other suggestion would be to apply as widely and as early as possible if you’re really worried about getting accepted. Research schools before you apply and see what their average MCAT scores and GPAs are to see if your application will even be competitive. Also research to see if a school has a certain focus that you’re interested in, like primary care or research or if they only accept students from their own state. Those things all give you a little leg up too.