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    Confirmation Emails for Primary Application from individual schools?

    Hi, This is my first time posting here so bear with me. I'm not sure if I'm being crazy worrying about this or if something went wrong. I submitted my primary app on 5/30 to 19 programs. Since then, I've received 3 secondaries and 3 other emails from schools confirming that they'd received my...
  2. Unsweet_Tea_Enthusiast

    Secondary question: COVID prompts

    Vandy has this prompt: Optional: If applicable, please describe how the COVID-19 outbreak affected your pathway to medical school. You may discuss any academic, personal, financial, or professional alterations to your plans. NOTE: Disclosing certain hardships or obstacles that have been faced...
  3. LindaAccepted

    Medical Get Accepted to Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine - podcast Episode 530

    In this episode, Professor of Medicine and Medical Education and Associate Dean of Admissions at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University explains the draw of the close-knit community at Dartmouth, why the school doesn’t send secondaries to applicants with an MCAT below 503, and how...
  4. Cracking Med Admissions

    Medical Office Hours for Secondary Applications with Dr. Rizal THIS WEDNESDAY 7/5

    Hi Medical School Applicants! I will be hosting office hours on Wednesday July 5 from 6-8pm PST / 9-11pm EST on our Cracking Med School Admissions website. Come prepared with your questions about secondary applications! Please note that I will not be reading essays during office hours, but if...
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    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...
  6. M

    Secondary: what are your plans for the next year?

    When schools ask for plans for the next year, how should I write a polished essay about it? Currently, my response reads like: This reads like a bullet point list, but I've already talked about these activities in heavy detail in my primary essay, activities section, or other secondary...
  7. bouncydidit

    Writing "challenge" secondary question

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    Forgot prerequisite coursework in secondaries

    I forgot to completely write all the prerequisite coursework I have taken for biology, chemistry and physics etc. in the secondaries "pre-requisitions" requirement. The courses can be found in my AMCAS transcripts, but should I email admissions to let them know which course number they are to...
  9. S

    Feedback on Diversity Question

    Hi all, I have had some trouble with my diversity prompt for many schools. I would appreciate some feedback regarding this topic. To describe my childhood, Parents immigrated when they were post-grad, had nothing but two bags. Used to have me on food stamps till elementary but now we are upper...
  10. P

    Adversity essay idea: Talking being a bad writer at first and how I worked to improve?

    I've had a very comfortable middle class life without big adversity and don't have any crazy stories to talk about. One idea I came up with is writing about how I used to be a terrible writer and how I improved. Does this sound stupid and privileged?
  11. P

    Struggling with Diversity Essay

    I'm working on the quote on quote diversity essay and I'm struggling to find a topic that I can tie in with medicine. I'm a pretty privileged person so there is no reason to go down that path. I've also a traditional med student so I haven't had any cool jobs either. I do have a hobby of art and...
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    Question about secondary turnaround time??

    Hi all! I had a quick question regarding turnaround time for secondaries. I, like many others, am currently swamped with secondaries atm and will most likely not be able to meet the 2 week ideal turnaround "deadlines"... How late do y'all think it is acceptable to still submit without being...
  13. PapaGuava

    2020-2021 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (Kansas City) KCU-COM

    Please feel free to tag a pre-medical moderator when the secondary prompt is posted. Good luck to everyone applying! Interview Feedback: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  14. Ramona Flowers

    "Engaging diversity" secondary question

    Hi there! I'm attempting to pre-write a secondary for the question: "Describe the effect that your experiences with engaging diversity have had on your own growth and development. Provide an example and describe how it will impact your career in the medical profession." I'm wondering if y'all...
  15. P

    Writing about being not accepted into medical school last year for "Failure" essay

    I have a couple prompts that asks about my biggest failure and how I learned from that failure, etc. The thing is, I've never actually failed at anything because it's simply not accepted by my family and there's a lot of cultural pressure to be perfect. If I know I'll fail at something, I simply...
  16. OliveMDToBe


  17. 444zane3

    Which secondaries don’t ask about misdemeanors and/or criminal records?

    Hi all, I have a retail fraud misdemeanor from high school that will be expunged so I don’t have to report in primary. I’m wondering which schools’ secondaries don’t ask about criminal histories and misdemeanors. Mainly I’m trying to narrow down my school list. I’ll still apply to schools that...
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    Submitted Secondary - Formatting Issue

    Hey good morning. I have a question for anyone who has submitted a secondary application to a school that is using ApplyWeb/CollegeNET. I entered my essays into the text fields using 1 line of space between the paragraphs. So for example: This is a paragraph.... This is the next paragraph w/...
  20. V

    Adversity/challenge essay advice

    I was prewriting the adversity/challenge essay. As an international transfer student, I was thinking about writing my failure to enter the med school in my home country at 18 years old. After a few months of depression, I overcame the frustrating feelings, tried to do well in my current major...
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    Failure essay... but unsure if it counts

    Thanks for all the input! Going back to the dawing board.
  23. marcosma

    Stanford Secondary Question

    Hello! I am currently pre-writing my Stanford secondary and I am working on the following question: --- What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Choose the single answer that best describes your career goals and clinical practice setting: Academic...
  24. Commsky

    Do MD Schools See MD/PhD Essays?

    Hello all, I hope your application seasons are going well. I was curious as to whether MD only schools will see my MD/PhD essays in my application. I wanted to pull a few paragraphs out of my PhD statement and use them in a secondary but I don't want to do that if admissions will see I just...
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    Missed UCSF 4-Week Deadline. Should I still apply?

    I applied to 26 schools and sorted all the secondary invites into a separate email folder so I could see which schools I needed to actually do. I was completely overwhelmed in July by secondary invites so I tried my best to find and write the ones that were due first (which ended up being the 3...
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    Adversity Essay Topic Selection?

    Hi everyone, I'm new here and I was hoping you all can help with an adversity topic so I can bang out my last few secondaries in a week or so. I just dont wanna start writing an essay centered around a bad idea. Anyway I have 2 leads: 1) I had to do a group presentation at an event with my...
  27. diene_daily

    Failure Essay

    Hey guys, Just wanted a little insight on a few topics I had for my failure essay. This one has definitely stumped me the most. Not because I haven't had any failures, but just finding ones interesting enough to talk about. Friendship: Visited a long-distance friend of 5 years recently, which...
  28. R

    Submit Secondary Prior to Verification?

    Hi there, I submitted my primary application very late (8/10) for verification due to personal circumstances. While I've been pre-writing secondaries, I recieved my first secondary from Tufts, and I wanted to know if it was okay to hold off on submitting my secondary until my primary is...
  29. sherer1

    What's the biggest mistake you've made on a secondary app?

    I'm super sleep deprived and I just submitted my University of Michigan secondary calling their school 'UMSOM'....THREE times.....I spent so much time trying to perfect it T.T how did I make such a stupid mistake?? Initially I used UMich but changed it last minute cause I thought that was too...
  30. B

    Advice for Additional Info (optional) Secondary?

    Please give me your opinions! Would it be better to include a "Why this school" or a second diversity essay? This particular secondary happened to already have a formal question about diversity, but I'm still leaning towards my second diversity essay. The second diversity topic would touch on...
  31. L

    What is my actual complete date?

    I submitted many of my secondaries the first week of July, let's say 7/7. All of my other materials (letters of rec, MCAT, transcript etc) were already in the system for a few weeks at that point. I received many "Your application is now complete" notifications from schools. I find out from...
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    Three Options for Diversity Essay

  33. Fishy fish

    How to let a school know it's your top choice

    So I'm planning on submitting secondaries to 20ish MD schools and 4 DO. Realistically though, only 5 of those schools are ones I can attend without having to live apart from my husband. We decided we'd be willing to live apart for a year while he finishes his residency, which I don't find ideal...
  34. LindaAccepted

    Medical Georgetown University School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Tips

    Given the Jesuit influence at Georgetown and its adoption of the Cura Personalisphilosophy, 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...
  35. 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...
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    Diversity Essay Topic Help

    Looking for feedback on potential diversity essay topics! I was talking out my ideas with my peers, but it was still hard to tell which one had most potential. 1.) As an executive board member of of an international collegiate service organization, I had the opportunity to work with students...
  37. girlunobserved

    Feedback on this secondary essay?

    I'm just going to paste it here (this is for the is there anything you would like to tell us about your background - not really diversity but also somewhat) I'm a bi-sexual Pakistani Muslim woman who loves to collect stories that I come across. The nature of who I am lets me meet people from...
  38. jordij94


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    Secondary Photo Question

    Sorry for yet another photo question. I didn't do my research ahead of time and got headshots done outdoors in my suit. Would this work, or should I try again with a passport style photo? [Actual photo deleted for privacy]