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Archive for October 2019

How to Write About Being a Reapplicant in Secondary Essays

With less than half of the applicants getting accepted to medical school every year, there are obviously a lot of reapplicants during each application cycle. Several schools will ask if you’re a reapplicant in your secondary application. And a lot of times, they will ask a follow-up question about what you’ve done to improve your…

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How to Discuss Breaks in Your Education in Secondary Essays

If you’ve had any breaks in your education, be prepared to talk about those in your medical school secondary essays.  Schools would want to understand why you’ve taken time off because they’re worried you may need to take more time off in medical school. Understand the medical school’s perspective about taking time off  If you…

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How to Answer Secondary Prompts Specific To Osteopathy

If you’re applying to osteopathic medical schools, several of them will ask you why you’re interested in osteopathic medicine in the secondary essays. How should you go about answering this question? Do your research about osteopathic medicine What is osteopathic medicine? Understand where it came from and why it’s different. How do osteopathic schools see…

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How To Answer Secondary Prompts About The Future

Where do you see yourself in 10 or 15 years? This is a very common question that comes up in medical school secondary essays. Do you know your answer? Somebody who’s applying to medical school should start picturing what their life will look like as a physician. So that’s what you’re doing in this secondary…

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How to Answer Secondary Prompts About Specialties

What specialty do you want to practice in the future? This is different from the question asking where you see yourself in x years because you don’t have to be specific about your specialty in that question, although you may bring it up if you want.  This secondary essay question is asking specifically about your…

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How to Write About Your Gap Years in Secondary Essays

If you’re applying to medical school in a gap year or you’re planning on taking a gap year, you’ll likely have a secondary essay question you’ll have to answer about it. This question may be worded something like this: If you’re not planning on being a full-time student in the year before matriculating to medical…

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How to Write About Career Changes in Your Secondary Essays

Are you coming into medicine as a career-changer? You may see questions in your medical school secondary essays that ask about why you’re changing careers. When you get these questions, you should not focus on the reason for leaving your career. Instead, discuss what about medicine excites you so much that you’ve decided to leave…

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How to Answer Secondary Prompts about ‘Why Us’

Why do you want to come to our medical school? This is a very common medical school interview question, but it’s also a very common secondary essay question. Do you fit with the school’s mission? Medical schools each have a mission. They want to make sure that students fit their mission.  Whether serving the rural…

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