This process just feels off

I was always told I was too stupid to get into medical school… I believed it for a long time… Now I dont feel like I am too stupid to get into medical school… I just feel like I am not going to be able to overcome alot of the frankly, classists hurdles this application process entails… I am not rich enough or well integrated into any social heirarchy to get any feedback or feel for how this process should go… Do I really need to have published scientific research to get into medical school? I have no idea…

I cant afford a $600/hr consultant on building my application. I have sent letters to multiple physicians offices asking to shadow… NOTHING… Not like I could afford to take time off work anyway (I also have my debt from undergrad on top of my family to take care of)…

Is shadowing really necessary? Can I not demonstrate my understanding of the role of physician in other ways such as through my personal statement and other writings?

I probably wont be able to afford many of the critical things I need to pay for just to apply this year… which seems to keep getting more and more complicated over time…

Almost none of these application requirements seem to be based on merit or hard work either… not to mention they have ZERO transparency in how they are used or scored (talking about you CASPer) feels like its just a never-ending series of hoops to jump through and that there is no place for someone like me… I really feel like this is a sign I shouldnt do medicine… it seems too high on conformity and obedience… and too low on innovative thinking…

I understand your frustration my friend. I’m also struggling to find any shadowing opportunities. I call a few different offices a week, and have not yet had a single one return my communications. So now I’m doing all the online shadowing I can. It’s obviously not near as good, but if you join a few of these programs you can 3-5 hours a week of shadowing.

I agree with you, this process is excessive in many ways, from the application process all the way through residency. It’s unfortunate, and if you aren’t willing to play that game it’s understandable! But if you want to be a doctor you will have to do the steps they expect you to do.

Good luck!

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