Originally Posted by ADDICTED2STATS
So, how strict is this 500 word limit? I've heard that people stay "around" 500 words. Does the new online app only allow you to use 500 or is the "around" still applicable?
I (unfortunately) went through this last year, and am reapplying this year. Last year, my program told us to adhere VERY strictly to the 500 word limit. In talking with both my DCT and a DCT at an internship site, sites are really forced to look for anything
to begin to eliminate applications, due to receiving such a high number of qualified candidates. This can be anything from setting minimums for hours/test batteries/ reports to, possibly, eliminating people who write more than 500 words because they did not follow the directions precisely. Perhaps other people have other thoughts/input, but I will not go a word over 500. I don't want something that simple to lead a site to eliminate me! Oh, also, I think you can put in as many words as you want. The AAPI isn't too fancy (as you will see) and I think there is a character limit but not a word limit... so it's at your discretion how much you will follow the 500 word limit.
Good luck to everyone in narrowing site lists, starting essays, etc. I'll be applying to 25 sites this year... trying to coordinate with my husband's residency match, so overapplying a bit for both that reason, and because I'm scared to death I won't match for the second year in a row! I have my site list, but I need to start on those essays...