Hi! I’ve had experience with professional consulting services. To provide some background, I recently applied to medical schools and was unsuccessful in getting accepted. My undergraduate BCPM and cumulative GPAs were 3.29 and 3.39, respectively. After undergrad, I went for a Master’s degree in Physiology, and my GPA was a 3.96. My MCAT score was a 513. I have close to 400 hours of clinical experience, although my clinical experience did not include much physician shadowing/observing.
After my unsuccessful applications, I had no idea what route to pursue. I was stuck between doing a special master’s program (SMP) and working to gain more clinical experience. I decided to invest in a professional consulting service, and they gave me some guidance as far as how to approach my application. They showed me what factors to consider if I decide to do an SMP like which schools have an affiliation/linkage program, a high matriculation rate, integrated clinical experience, etc. They also discussed my GPA with me and the possibility that the small ratio of hard science courses to seminars in my Master’s program may have not been enough to demonstrate my academic rigor. As someone who lacked advising for most of my time pursuing this career, it was really great to have someone who has been successful in this path to critique your application honestly and still build you up. I understand that professional counseling services are unaffordable for a lot of people, and that’s certainly the case for me. (I was very lucky in my situation to have found an affordable option.) But I think that it is a worthwhile investment, especially if you don’t have a lot of people to turn to who have been through this experience.