Applying early to med school helps your chances of admission. Weren't we arguing the opposite just last week? Well, as one cold winter doesn't disprove global warming, evidence that stronger applicants apply early isn't a reason to apply late. There are still several reasons that applying early helps your chances of admission.
Read to your kids. It's parenting 101.
I know the majority of you reading this are not parents (like I am), but I bring up this example to show us why we should examine the underlying assumptions behind what we believe about the admissions process.
Whether you read to your kids appears to have no effect on standardized test scores later in life.
Sorry to be so dramatic with the title, but it's true. As it turns out, the longer you wait to apply to medical school, the lower your chances of admission.
While that's not entirely news, I haven't seen any research proving the point, so I decided to do some of my own. I present to you (the first?) proof that the later you apply, the lower your chances of admission.