The letter arrives from the medical school you have applied to. You eagerly tear open the envelope that you have been waiting anxiously for months to receive. You have spent countless hours filling out forms, writing essays, and compiling your previous education and accomplishments into your medical school application. You might even have had an interview or been waitlisted. Now, after a nervous, lengthy period of silence from your school, you finally have an answer.

Greeting you with the miserable lines of text that consist of something like, “Dear John, I write in regard to your application for admission. After careful consideration, the [insert name of medical school here] regrets to inform you that you have not been selected to interview for the entering Fall [insert year of entering] class,” reads the letter and you suddenly begin to feel a flood of emotions. You re-read the letter as agony and despair begin to settle in and your plans for the next four years evaporate as the words harshly stare back at you. You silently shout, “This can’t be happening! What I am going to do now?”

Well, unfortunately, rejection letters or rejection emails from medical schools hit most applicants. Hopefully, you’ve applied to other medical schools which send you acceptance letters instead. Yet, for those students in which that is not the case and they get rejected from all of the schools, they need try to understand the reason for their rejection without becoming annoyed or upset at the medical school(s) they placed their future hope(s) in.

Students need to realize that medical schools are looking for a certain type of applicant, with certain attributes and academic achievements that the school thinks will be a great match for them. After all, the medical school takes a significant chance with each student they accept – if they fail to pass their STEP 1s and 2s or fail at getting into a residency program, the medical school’s percentages go down and they could possibly lose their accreditation. Although you might think you are the best applicant for them, the fact that you were rejected should let you know that there are others whom the school saw as a much better fit.

To read the full article, check out the July/August 2016 Digital Edition.