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This article covers some ways that you can use a negative review from a Medical School Adviser to springboard you into improving your resume for Medical School. I will give you some insight as to how to channel the criticism into something positive.

Chances are that you have spent the first two years of your Undergraduate studies kicking around the idea of becoming a doctor as you move through your core sciences.  There will be a moment when the "switch flips on" and you realize that you cannot get into Medical School without having a competitive application.  While you were bar hopping and recovering from a hangover, your competition is out there already volunteering, researching, and shadowing.  Nevertheless, this is a "better late than never" situation and you still have an opportunity to build a very strong application in order for you to get into a US Medical School.  Eventually, you should meet with a Medical School Adviser to get an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of your application.  A nerve-racking 30 minute interview can quickly escalate into a Medical School Adviser criticizing every aspect of your resume and promising you that you will never get into a Medical School.  Luckily enough, time does pass and eventually your meeting will conclude.  You may feel like you have fallen into a never-ending abyss but fear not, I will explain some different approaches to follow so you can turn some of this criticism into a positive experience.  

Number 1:  Take Everything With a Grain of Salt. 

It is never a fun experience when you are criticized by anyone.  When you meet with the Medical School Adviser, you may be experiencing this level of hostility for the first time in your life.  Every decision that you have ever done will most likely be wrong and the Adviser will paint you a picture of your life in 3 years in any other profession but Medicine.  

My best advice for you in this situation is to just make sure you do not take this criticism as a personal attack.  At the end of the day, most Medical School Advisers are working in their cubicles instead of on the wards because they were not skilled enough to get into a Medical Program.  They may use their position as a way to launch a vendetta against the Medical community because they were written off long before settling for a Medical Adviser's title.  

An Adviser also will be one of the busiest resources that are used in the University.  When I started by Undergraduate studies, it seemed that half of the student body was some version of Pre-Med and all already gunning to improve their CVs.  I was advised to meet with an Adviser after the first semester to get an update on my chances to get into Medical School.  Even after completing a semester of your studies, and Adviser already could predict that "you are not qualified to become a Doctor."  Perhaps they use this rhetoric at such an early stage to motivate you to use their negative words as a type of reverse psychology.  It may be easier to make you anger to push yourself harder to show them that they were wrong later on than say "you are on the right track" so you become complacent and stop trying to improve yourself.  

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