After disappointing admissions cycles, multiple medical school re-applicants hire me every year. Individual cases are complex, but keep the below five suggestions in mind as you approach the application season in order to avoid missteps:
1. Make sure you have robust clinical experiences. No one wants to hire a chef who's never been in the kitchen.
2. Ensure you have the grades/MCAT and apply to schools that are appropriate to your academic level. Check out the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) to get an idea of what grades you'll need. (Take a deep breath. It might be shocking.)
3. Get very strong letters of recommendation. Consider a mediocre letter a bad one in this competitive environment.
4. Craft a compelling personal statement that distinguishes you from everyone else.
5. Practice interviewing. Don't get as far as the interview only to be rejected because you weren't prepared.