Sitting there, looking at carpets I could not afford, I got an email on my Blackberry from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. They told me that I did not get into medical school. Again. It was my second rejection from that school, after interviewing once in 2007 and again in 2011. I had flown to Thunder Bay from Kabul three months earlier to interview. I was pleased with my work. They were not.
Two years ago, I finished medical school. Three days ago, I finished my residency in family medicine and I am now licensed to practice independently. I start my clinic in two days and ER work in two weeks.
After my second rejection, I doubled down. I left my work in Afghanistan so I could take more courses so I could rewrite the MCAT so I could apply to more schools. At the same time, I applied to schools in New Zealand and the Caribbean. I could afford none of this. I didn’t know if it would work. I was really scared but bullish in the way one can be in their mid-20s. I got into the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in May 2012. I am not exactly sure how. I feel lucky. It’s probably too late for them to change their minds.Read More