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Anonymous Asked:
Hi Dr. Cranquis!
I'm currently a junior in high school, and i'm really passionate about becoming a doctor, but i'm worried that my college application won't be strong enough to apply for a 7/8 year med program. My grades are not spectacular, but they're fairly good, I've been on the track team for two years, and I volunteer at Mt. Sinai Hospital weekly, in addition to being a Distinguished Key Clubber. But it seems like everyone "science-y" around me are doing research projects with mentors -- through personal connections that I'm not lucky enough to have. I recently applied to a science research outreach program at Rockefeller, but I was rejected. I guess I'm wondering what it takes to be a strong applicant, and... am i good enough?



Hello there, Searching Sailfish!

You’re not the first person to ask these kinds of questions (of me, or in the history of med school applications!).

Let me start this reply by correcting a small “flaw” which I detected in your thought process (and one which I see in MANY people who are starting out in the Journey to Med School): please don’t ever assume that your rejection by any school/research program/residency = “you’re not good enough” to be a doctor. It’s true, there are many people who are not “cut out” to be doctors, but I don’t think that any application board/committee is psychic and prescient enough to predict with 100% accuracy who those “not gonna make it to doctorhood” people are. If you get rejected by a program along your journey, and you truly have your heart set on pursuing that career goal, keep on trying! (Of course, the opposite of this statement is true too: there are people accepted into med schools and residencies every year who have no business being doctors and subjecting patients to their miserable personalities and lousy ethics… but I digress.)

If you’re read my “autobiography of how I got into medicine”, you know that I never did a single snippet of scientific research OR medical volunteering before entering med school. I don’t recommend that approach/pathway for everyone, but the point is: applying to med school is a very individual process, and you have to focus on your developing your strengths, rather than just trying to “do what everyone else did.” You will also have noticed that I got rejected (and accused of “not being serious enough” about my application) by the first medical school I interviewed with – rejection happens!

Here’s some other stuff I’ve written about “what I think it takes to be a good med-school applicant.” I hope my scribbles can provide some data points along your quest. Good luck to you!

***Pending Cranquis-Mails: 20***

Cranquis Mail: “Does being rejected to a program = I’m not good enough?”

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A NYC grad student working on food stamps for her thesis has released a free cookbook for those living on $4/day.



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I believe it’s important to eat well, even when you’re strapped for cash. It’s good for your health and energy! This cookbook is full of delicious and healthy recipes, the ingredients of which are fairly inexpensive.


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when boys have sleepovers do they sleep in the same bed like girls do or do the rules of no homo include sharing beds

girls always share beds. and covers and clothes and food and personal space. sometimes even bathrooms

Girls share everything.

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