secondary essay

  1. C

    Basic Secondary prompts proofread/exchange

    Hey everybody, I just completed my essays for the basic secondary prompts (failures, diversity, adversity etc) and im seeing if anyone would be interested in exchanging and proofreading each others. Let me know if you are interested!
  2. B

    time when I failed: secondary ideas?

    Am currently toying with discussing how when I was a medical assistant, I was overwhelmed during my first morning rush on my own without shadowing the lead MA and charted two patients with the same first name wrong by 1) forgetting to verify date of birth and 2) not organizing my notes well on...
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    toughest feedback secondary ideas

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    Challenge Essay Idea Feedback

  5. BlueRose12

    Non-academic challenge essay

    Hi! I've just started working on my secondary applications and have noticed that many ask about a challenge you've faced and how you've overcome it. I'm struggling to choose a topic and wanted some input. Here are some that I've come up with: 1) I used to be very quiet and shy, but I have...
  6. A

    Diversity Essay Ideas

    So I have four ideas with which to write my diversity essay. I can't seem to decide which one sounds to best: 1) My parents were hesitant towards modern medicine for cultural reasons, and I was treated with homeopathy for post-operative care as a child until we went back to a physician. I need...
  7. P

    secondary essay feedback?

    would any admitted students be able to provide feedback to 3-4 core secondary essays?
  8. wysdoc

    2023-2024 Yale

    Thank you @SmokeyBear_is_my_dad for sharing this year's questions. 2023-2024 Yale Secondary Prompts If you are not currently in college, what are your plans for this year? Required Essay 1 (Please limit your response to 500 words): Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms...
  9. mrthreeyear

    Secondary Essay Prompt

    New to student doctor network, so if this is the wrong place I apologize and ask that someone can guide me to the correct forum. But I am applying this cycle and IU is a school on my list. I am having some difficulty coming up with good ideas for their short essay prompt. For this prompt...
  10. md_collective

    Medical FREE Essay Workshop from NorthStar MD for FGLI Students

    Applying to medical school this cycle? Our 501(c)3 nonprofit, NorthStar MD, is hosting a FREE essay workshop for first-generation or low-income students on Thursday, May 12 from 5 pm ET to 6 pm ET. Our team includes current and incoming students at Stanford School of Medicine, Perelman School...
  11. LindaAccepted

    Medical Track Your Secondary Application Progress with a Spreadsheet

    After you have submitted your primary application, the real fun begins! Depending on how many schools you are applying to and the number of school systems, it can be challenging to keep track of all of your secondary applications and deadlines. To help you get organized, I’m sharing a...
  12. terebellumjokes

    Should I mention winemaking in my application?

    Hey guys! Wondering if I could get some opinions on what is “ok” for a secondary essay. I’m reapplying this cycle (waitlisted last cycle) and don’t want to elaborate on things I might’ve already written about. I’ve been making my own wine for over 10 years now, and my initial interest in...
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    Has anyone used primary/secondary application screening services? Opinions?

    I'm doing late-May MCAT with pre-verified primary application for late-June submission, so in between I will be focusing entirely on (initially) putting final touches on primary essay/application and writing many secondaries. I have a 3.88 sGPA and good range of ECs, so there is a real...
  14. LindaAccepted

    Medical Will Your Secondaries Score Interviews?

    The thing we hear again and again from our med school experts is that the biggest error applicants make in their secondary essays is failing to answer the question. It sounds easy, right? Just answer the question. But when you’re answering so many essays for so many schools – and you’re feeling...
  15. LindaAccepted

    Medical Secondary Essays: Completing the Jigsaw Puzzle

    By the time admissions people start reading the secondaries they already know a little bit about you. They have seen your transcript, GPA, and MCAT score. They have also reviewed your AMCAS essay so they should know what you think is most important for them to know. But of course pieces are...
  16. LindaAccepted

    Medical Overwhelmed by Secondaries? We Have Good News for You!

    You’ve got a lot on your plate: you either are hustling to start submitting those secondaries after a later primary application submission, or you’ve been working on your secondaries for a while and are just STUCK. Either way, you’re submitting your secondaries later than you had planned (unless...
  17. LindaAccepted

    Medical University of Washington SOM Secondary Application Tips and Deadlines

    Given UWSOM’s top ranking in primary care, they will be looking for applicants with a strong interest in patient education and community health. This secondary application will require that you provide an autobiographical essay and answer four to five short essay questions. In constructing your...
  18. R

    Secondary Topics Need Help

    Hi all! Looking for some feedback on my potential topics for the diversity and adversity secondaries: Adversity 1. Mom's recent health scare where she had post menopausal bleeding and went in to see an OB-GYN who attempted to perform an endometrial biopsy but was unsuccessful bc my mom was...
  19. S

    Secondaries - Hardship/struggles essay

    So I’ve read on other threads not to mention any struggles with anxiety/stress because it shows you might have these issues during medical school as well. But then that leaves me with what do I respond to these essay prompts? Specifically I’m talking about the Rowan SOM prompt: Please describe...
  20. LindaAccepted

    Medical What You Need to Know About Writing Successful Secondary Essays!

    In case you missed it – or if you’d like to review – How to Create Successful Secondary Applications is now available for on-demand viewing! In just one hour, you’ll learn what you need to create effective secondary applications. This article was originally posted on
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    personal challenge essay

    Hi all -- I know there that people generally caution against writing about mental illness. However, my eating disorder was genuinely the most challenging time in my life and I do not feel like I have anything else meaningful to write about. I have also been stably in recovery for a few years now...
  22. LindaAccepted

    Medical Track Your Secondary Application Progress with a Spreadsheet

    After you have submitted your primary application, the real fun begins! Depending on how many schools you are applying to and the number of school systems, it can be challenging to keep track of all of your secondary applications and deadlines. To help you get organized, I’m sharing a...
  23. LindaAccepted

    Medical Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Secondary Application Tips

    Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Thomas Jefferson Medical College) is located in Philadelphia and prides itself on educating physicians who will provide integrated community healthcare. For example, one of their unique programs focuses on providing physicians for rural areas. The new...
  24. Blue96

    'Adversity' Secondary Essay Help

    Having difficulty with 'adversity' secondary essay to say the least. Thinking of discussing the challenges I encountered teaching guitar lessons to disadvantaged teens. A few divulged some major personal struggles with me, some never practiced and wanted to quit. Having come from a pure musical...
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    MD Secondary Application Submission - When is "late"?

    What do you consider "early", "average" and "late" submission for a secondary application this cycle (MD programs)?
  26. LindaAccepted

    Medical 4 Tips for Writing Successful Secondary Essays

    If you sent your AMCAS application off promptly in June, you’re now working your way through secondary application essays. When writing your secondaries, keep in mind that the purpose of the secondaries is to show your fit with the specific school, not to show why you want to go into the medical...
  27. LindaAccepted

    Medical How to Write Succinct Secondary Essays

    As you start to work on your secondary essays, one of the things that will become clearer and clearer is that you’re working within some VERY tight character limits. You may sit and stare at your computer screen, thinking you have nothing to say, but once you start writing, you may see that you...
  28. Neoneji123

    Secondary Help...suggestions greatly appreciated!

    Hi Guys! I've begun receiving some DO secondaries and I started work on them. Finished with CCOM's. A lot of the questions have an overlap (such as why here or diversity question). I was wondering if someone would kindly read my first secondary I wrote and give me a critique on it. It will help...
  29. smileyfacegirl27

    Challenge/Failure Essay - is it okay to use high school?

    For many secondaries, prompts asking about a time you failed or a challenge you overcame are quite common. I was wondering if it was okay to use academic failures from high school (such as failing everything freshman year of high school and being expelled then having to go to another school and...
  30. FroYoOreo

    challenge/adversity essay ideas

    problem solved, thanks.
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    Applying to Schools where Letter of Rec. Requirements are not met

    Hello, I have submitted my primary AMCAS application and have received a secondary application from every school that I choose to apply to. There are a few schools were I do not meet their letter of recommendation requirements(I only have one science professor of the two that they require). I...
  32. Ascleoius

    Secondary essays reviews

    Dear SDN readers, I had two people to review my secondary essays in the last few days (thanks all to your generous help). I would like to have some last reviews before I turn it in. Does anyone would like to help? SDN is an amazing place! Thank you all so much in advance!
  33. LindaAccepted

    Medical Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Tips

    Ranked at the top for research, Johns Hopkins Medical School provides a medical education with an emphasis on integrating scientific innovation in patient care. The school’s mission statement shares a comprehensive and long term perspective on medical education, touching on: The Science and...
  34. FrostyPod

    Secondary Essay Review

    I was wondering if anyone would look over my NYU secondary essay. It is only a few hundred words and I would appreciate any feedback. Feel free to PM me or post to the thread.
  35. LindaAccepted

    Medical Georgetown University School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Tips

    Given the Jesuit influence at Georgetown and its adoption of the Cura Personalis philosophy, I recommend covering your clinical, research and community service experience for Georgetown’s secondary application essay. The school places special emphasis on training physicians to treat medically...
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    Using "many technical hobbies" as a diversity essay topic?

    I am a fairly generic white guy, but am considering writing my diversity essay on how I have more hobbies than normal and like to teach people about them. heres a quick idea of what I am getting at. My ability to enrich fellow UPSOM members will be through my interest in sharing my wide...
  37. LindaAccepted

    Medical Will Your Secondary Application Earn You an Interview?

    It’s July – we know you’re busy. But here’s something worth making time for this week: our free one-hour webinar on How to Create Successful Secondary Applications. Now that you’ve hit “submit” on your primary med school app, it’s time to think about the next step in the process – the...
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    Consensus on "Anything Else" Secondary Question

    My pre-med office has said that if a secondary does not otherwise have a "why our school?" question, you should use the "anything else you'd like to add?" question to address that...I'm not sure if I buy this, however. What're your guys' thoughts on this?
  39. _NM_

    Should I invest in a secondary essay editing service?

    Do a lot of people actually use secondary editing services? I feel like I'm burning through my savings, but as a reapplicant I really don't want to skimp out on an secondary essay editing service if it's helpful. I'm from Canada, where there are no secondary essays and only a handful of my...
  40. LindaAccepted

    Medical UCSD School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Tips

    The UCSD School of Medicine prefers applicants with extensive research experience. If you have not described your research experience in your personal statement, include a description in the secondary application’s autobiographical essay. They offer a PRIME Heq Program with training in treating...