- Overestimating their academic scores. Some students don't review the average MCAT and GPA scores for the universities they've applied to and are disappointed when they don't have high enough scores to be accepted.
- Displaying a lack of commitment to medicine. High grades aren't enough anymore. Schools are looking for students who have volunteered in clinics or hospitals or shadowed physicians in their chosen field.
- Writing generic applications. Students who have the right grades and experience but can't talk about what they've learned and what sets them apart from others won't be accepted to medical school, either.
- Interviewing poorly with admission officers. Applicants who are nervous during the interview and can't adequately talk about their skills and desire to practice medicine will struggle to gain admission.
Avoid Job Interview Failures by Learning from Med School RejectionsApril 3rd, 2015 3 Min read Blog
A recent U.S. News article noted that more than 49,000 students applied to U.S. medical schools in 2014 but fewer than half of them were accepted. Below are four of the reasons students applying to medical school are rejected: