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A Piece of My Mind
December 19, 2001

Welcome to the Process

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(23):2913-2914. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2913

I entered my medical school application process like most applicants—hoping for the best and expecting the worst. For 12 months, I experienced both. I rode the highs of invitations to interview and acceptances, and survived the lows of rejections and wait lists. These things I was prepared for. But the rest, the other experiences that defined my medical school application process, was a complete surprise. Although I will be entering medical school in Fall 2002, some of my experiences made me seriously reconsider my decision to be a physician.