Jessica Freedman, a former Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty member, offers concrete guidance to help applicants distinguish themselves in the medical school admissions process.
Please focus on how your interests, experiences and aspirations have prepared you for HST (rather than identifying specific HST faculty or research opportunities).
Limit your comments to the equivalent of one page of single spaced text with a font size of 10 or 12.
Concisely state your past work in your intended field of study and in related fields. Please see Program Details to determine whether the program to which you are applying requires a writing sample, CV, or other documents.
Please follow departmental requirements on type and size of writing sample.
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At the most basic level, your secondary application is another test to see whether you can adequately understand directions (this time, the school’s specific directions), and focus yourself to answer the question that was asked.
If you are willing to put in a little effort, secondaries are a great time to elaborate on elements that received less attention in your primary application.
There are, however, a few student-friendly schools that will review GPA and MCAT scores to be sure you meet their minimum admissions standards before they send a secondary application.
In many cases, schools betray what type of student they are looking for in the type of secondary question they ask.