“I figure I might as well apply this year to see how it goes. Besides, I can always re-apply.”
This “winging it” attitude usually arises from a sense of pressure to become a doctor as fast as possible. It’s such a long journey - four years of medical school, followed by another four of residency - that you don’t have time to waste if you want to get a real paycheck before you turn 35. Maybe your parents or peers have belittled the idea of a gap year, causing you to rush the application despite what your gut says.
What’s the problem, then, with going all in with your medical school chips? There are a few.