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2011-2012 Penn State Application Thread

Discussion in 'Allopathic School-Specific Discussions (<2017)' started by Sammich117, May 22, 2011.

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  1. underdog427

    underdog427 5+ Year Member

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    Secondary Received :)
     
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  3. Comeon

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    I got it too. Each secondary prompt has a 50 word limit. Short, but quite hard to get a point across. For example, why did you choose Penn State. Penn State School of Medicine itself is 5 words.....

     
  4. deadman

    deadman 2+ Year Member

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    i recieved mine as well, does anyone know if they screen primaries
     
  5. Prateek

    Prateek 2+ Year Member

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    MDApps:
    Explain the negative aspects of medicine that you considered in making this career decision. (Maximum 50 words)

    Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee? (Maximum 50 words)

    Explain why you decided to apply to Penn State College of Medicine. (Maximum 50 words)


     
  6. thestrokes14

    thestrokes14 7+ Year Member

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    Pretty sure they don't screen. I don't have my AMCAS verified and I got a secondary. Very easy one.
     
  7. raltima07

    raltima07 2+ Year Member

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    Secondary recieved
     
  8. Slack3r

    Slack3r Sicker than your average 7+ Year Member

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    Do you think bullet points are acceptable? 50 words is awfully short for those questions...
     
  9. mpalllers21

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    i just received the secondary. OOS applicant 35/3.75. took the advice of the the other SDN users and prepared answers from last year's secondary...def paid off.
     
  10. Local Native

    Local Native Go ahead,try to look away 5+ Year Member

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    Just got the secondary, OOS.
     
  11. sarahkb

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    hahaha... that's exactly what I was just thinking.

    For the second question, what are you guys putting? Is this to explain negative aspects of our application (like lower grades, etc.) or to emphasize an activity or qualification?
     
  12. SteveJMarist

    SteveJMarist 5+ Year Member

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    Secondary received here as well. Personally, I like the 50 word limit. Sounds crazy, but I like the change of pace.
     
  13. edge of desire

    edge of desire 2+ Year Member

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    how much is it again?
     
  14. duke2121

    duke2121 5+ Year Member

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    Finally. Yeah I kind of like the 50 word limit.
     
  15. jkm07

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    Yo, no sweat.

    "Because Penn State College of Medicine is the best thing since sliced bread."

    Short and sweet, 13 words! Automatic interview. :cool: :thumbup:
     
  16. DrRower

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    Just got the email this morning. Essays are limited to 50 words; that's so friggin' short!
     
  17. sarahkb

    sarahkb

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    GAH I wish I was this clever.
     
  18. cafaro

    cafaro 2+ Year Member

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    i used bullet points.
     
  19. nicemsp

    nicemsp 2+ Year Member

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    Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee?

    Anyone have any idea what to write for this question?? Should I just elaborate on some things already in my AMCAS app??
     
  20. sans0002

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    I'm also wondering about what people's thoughts are about the 'unique part of application' question as well?
     
  21. TheGloaming

    TheGloaming 5+ Year Member

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    I am considering just explaining that I don't think I need to add anything else. The wording makes it sound as if its optional.
     
  22. Tapepsi

    Tapepsi 5+ Year Member

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    You should not say this. Unless the question explicitly says that it's optional, assume that they want you to provide a meaningful answer. You only have 3 questions (and they're only 50 words each) you don't want to risk blowing one of them off. The question is purposely vague so that you can answer it in a number of different ways. Even if it's something that is already in your AMCAS app, it's better than nothing.
     
  23. thestrokes14

    thestrokes14 7+ Year Member

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    I submitted an AMCAS in 2011 that included Penn State and other schools, but withdrew before being considered by any admissions committee. Should I put that I applied? I think it varies from school to school, but I don't really see any reason why I should state that I actually DID apply. Any opinions? Thanks!
     
  24. Tapepsi

    Tapepsi 5+ Year Member

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    I mean I guess it's up to you, but technically you did apply.
     
  25. thestrokes14

    thestrokes14 7+ Year Member

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    Sorry, I am talking about last application cycle. I AM applying this cycle. One of the questions on the secondary asks whether you have applied to Penn State and to other medical schools. Sorry for the confusion. Any advice?
     
  26. Tapepsi

    Tapepsi 5+ Year Member

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    Sorry double post
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011
  27. dblue10

    dblue10 7+ Year Member

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    Hi all, I just wanted to get your thoughts on the letter situation for this school. I did a graduate program last year and now am juggling 2 part time jobs and a research project, among other things. The LOR requirement asks for a letter from those who are in a second year of graduate study or are working full time. I don't fit either category, so I called admissions for help and explained how I'm juggling things and if it would be alright to just use a letter from a volunteer research supervisor with whom I did ~8hrs of work per week. The guy sounded really confused for a minute (and you all may too) and then said it didn't matter. Thoughts? Am I worrying about it too much?

    Thanks :)
     
  28. Silverfalcon

    Silverfalcon Do It 2+ Year Member

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    Do you mean PhD or Master's? Either way, I would say if you get a LOR from program director and/or PI that you worked under for that degree, you should be OK. Someone else can provide a better answer though.
     
  29. SeminoleVesicle

    SeminoleVesicle MS4 5+ Year Member

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    Submitted and sent LORs! Good luck to everyone!
     
  30. pensieve

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    Is anyone going over this limit? I honestly can't even get 3 good sentences in. I might just leave it at 75 words since they don't count the characters/limit you from entering more. I wonder if I'll get dinged for not listening to instructions....
     
  31. pensieve

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    Tapepsi, thanks for this!
     
  32. misterp

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    How much is the application fee?
     
  33. dblue10

    dblue10 7+ Year Member

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    Thanks. I think I could have been more clear though...

    So, I did an SMP and they want a letter for that but they also want a letter for further graduate work or full time employment, after the SMP. For me, that was this past year of doing a variety of things, which means I don't fall into either of those categories (further graduate work or full time employment). I'll probably submit a letter from my current volunteer research mentor, instead of someone like my actual employment mentor because I never see her.

    I'm beginning to realize I'm overthinking this.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011
  34. broiveen

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    For the second question on the supplemental app, it asks if there's a unique aspect to be considered, what kind of information are oyu guys putting? Do we discuss low GPA semesters, other activities not on our app, or go into more detail on another experience? I just don't really know what to put and with three questions I want to make sure that I answer all of them if it will help my app. Thanks guys!
     
  35. Don15

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    i just pointed out something already in my app and how it makes me unique. write something u think separates you from the herd, probably some EC. mines was an artistic endeavour
     
  36. IDFsoldierboy

    IDFsoldierboy 2+ Year Member

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    considering u only get 50 words i doubt ull go into deeper detail but if theres something unique in ur app (like for me i have military experience) u simply point it out again so it pops up even though it might be found multiple times
     
  37. timbercreek

    timbercreek 5+ Year Member

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    secondary yesterday!
     
  38. thestrokes14

    thestrokes14 7+ Year Member

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    Is it possible to view your application once you submit it? I accidentally didn't save the preview, and I can't seem to actually view my application. Luckily I saved my responses to a word document, but still...any way to do this?
     
  39. MJMGrand

    MJMGrand 5+ Year Member

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    I haven't gotten a secondary yet and I was verified 6/6...:confused:
     
  40. Snikkers

    Snikkers 2+ Year Member

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    With regards to the secondary application and letters of recommendation, the site says that if I am getting a Committee Letter, that I will not need an additional letter unless I have received a degree elsewhere as well. I went to a school where I got an A.A. out of HS. Do I also need a letter from that school? If so, will one from a faculty member as a part of my current committee letter packet suffice or will I need to go through their (non-existent) pre-health committee as well?
     
  41. IDFsoldierboy

    IDFsoldierboy 2+ Year Member

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    I think you should call up the admissions office tomorrow morning and ask just to be sure...I think you will need a letter of rec but im not on the adcom so im not sure (these letters of rec r definitely a pain if ur school doesnt have a premed committee which mine doesnt but then again ive heard of many peoples apps being held up b/c of premed committees)
     
  42. HawaiianSun

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    Complete email!! Woohoo! Submitted 7/29 :xf::xf:
     
  43. WisdomDoc

    WisdomDoc 7+ Year Member

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    +1
     
  44. Bracey

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  45. underdog427

    underdog427 5+ Year Member

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    are yall instate? and stats?
     
  46. SeminoleVesicle

    SeminoleVesicle MS4 5+ Year Member

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    LOL this isn't for interview invites. Everyone that submits a secondary should theoretically be complete eventually.
     
  47. HawaiianSun

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    Yeah, I just wanted to keep ya'll updated with the approximate timeline. :p (I'm OOS though, just for reference)
     
  48. Tapepsi

    Tapepsi 5+ Year Member

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    For those of who arent complete don't spend too much time worrying about why you didn't receive a secondary yet. An admissions committee of 12 is trying to handle over 7,000 applications. It takes time.
     
  49. Tapepsi

    Tapepsi 5+ Year Member

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    And I just want to reemphasize that if anyone has any questions regarding the school or the admission's process please feel free to pm me and I can help you out.

    For example: Do not blow off penn state's secondary and write generic answers. Make sure you put some effort into it.
     
  50. yellowpwr

    yellowpwr 7+ Year Member

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    complete as well:)

    good luck to everybody:thumbup:
     
  51. n3xa

    n3xa "the anchor" 7+ Year Member

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    MDApps:

    I think trying to make sure you pack as much punch as possible into 50 words or less required much more effort than the essays with no character limit. :laugh:
     

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