When you finally receive a reply from the medical school you applied to you are going to be most eager to open it up and find out what it says. Well, there are three possible outcomes – you can be accepted into the school, rejected by it or put on to their wait list. So what do you do in each of these situations? Yes! You’ve been accepted Receiving an acceptance letter from a medical school is a dream come true. It’s what every pre-med would be waiting and hoping for. If you have been accepted, then you can be proud that you have achieved something that thousands of students would have dreamt about. But this is not the time to sit back and bask in your laurels. Once you receive your acceptance, you need to make sure that you make the required deposit as quickly as possible. This will save your place in that medical school. After that, you will have to pay their required fee within the date that they have prescribed. If you are accepted into multiple schools and you have not decided which one is the most preferred, you could choose to pay the initial deposit to the top few schools you’ve shortlisted and then regroup and go through the selection process again, this time more stringently. This will help you zero in on the perfect school for you. Once you’ve made your decision, you can go ahead and pay the fees. You’ve received a waitlisted notice A waitlisted notice means there is still hope. It is an indication that you have what it takes to get into medical school but you were just unlucky. You may have just missed the opportunity because of a few minor points that made the difference between those who got in and those who didn’t. If someone who was accepted in the first instance does not accept the admission for any reason, the first person on the wait list will get that seat. This is how admissions work for waitlisted applicants and it is up to you to decide whether you want to wait in the hope that somebody will drop out and you will get in or whether you want to start looking elsewhere. The dreaded scenario – A rejected application Receiving a rejection notice can be a crushing blow. Don’t let it get you down though. With the increasing competition to get into medical school today, and with thousands of students applying for a few hundred seats, it can be exceedingly difficult to get in. If you are passionate about studying medicine, don’t give up just yet. The surprising truth is a lot of people apply two or three times to medical school before they manage to get in. What you need to work on is improving your application. Read it again, looking more closely for errors you may have overlooked. Go all out and get some more clinical experience. Shadow a physician in another specialty. Spend time on a medical placement program in a developing country. Volunteer at a local aged home or youth centre. The more you involve yourself in the medical field, the greater your chances are of being accepted into medical school the next time you apply. Eye-opening hospital work experience International hospital shadowing for school and university students Find out more You might also be interested in ... Reapply to medical school – and be successful Why you should consider doing undergraduate research What makes a strong medical school application?