Being a Reapplicant

If you plan to apply to medical schools after an unsuccessful attempt, we are glad to continue to work with you (in person, by email, phone, or skype) if you wish to reapply.  There are several things to keep in mind. 

  • Take some time to reflect on your first application, e.g., if it represented your strengths, told your story about why you were choosing medicine, and if there were any weaknesses in clinical experience, research, MCAT, GPA or application content.
  • Some medical schools offer to provide feedback on your application, so reach out and ask.
  • Plan to demonstrate significant growth or change from your first application to the second. 
  • Consider reworking your experiences, personal statement and secondary essays in your second application.  You might also change who you have asked for a letter of recommendation.
  • You may decide to skip a cycle and spend a year enhancing your application before applying again.
  • You might re-evaluate your school list so you are not a reapplicant to every school on your list.
  • If you need to retake the MCAT, be sure to prepare well.

Process for Reapplicants with Duke’s Office of Health Professions Advising

  • If you are enrolled in or have completed a Special Masters or PostBac program, talk with your program to see what advising services they offer and if they offer a committee letter.  Often their advising and committee letter will provide you with a stronger application than what we can do.
  • If you wish to use our office for advice and/or a committee letter, then

(a) Indicate which cycle(s) you applied in and through which program routes (AMCAS/MD, AACOMAS/DO, TMDSAS/MD&DO)

(b) Indicate if you had any interviews or feedback from medical schools about your application. 

(c) Write a paragraph telling us what you have done (employment, education, clinical experience, other) since your previous application. 

(d) Explain who you will be using for letters of recommendations and which medical schools you intend to apply to this cycle (if they are different from the last cycle). 

(e) Attach to your email a copy of your last verified AMCAS application.

  • If you have or will graduate in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 and you have not previously received a Committee Letter from Duke, then we will schedule an RMA (Review My Application) appointment for you and write a Committee Letter on your behalf.  You do not need to fill out an RMA form; your verified AMCAS application substitutes for that.
  • If you have or will graduate in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 and have previously received a Committee Letter from Duke, then we will update our previous letter.  We recommend having an RMA (Review My Application) appointment, but it is not required. You do not need to fill out an RMA form; your verified AMCAS application substitutes for that.
  • If you graduated before 2015, then we will discuss options with you.  A RMA (Review My Application) may be helpful, but a committee letter is not necessarily useful for non-traditional applicants.