2018-2019 Duke University School of Medicine

Discussion in '2018-2019 Allopathic School Specific Discussions' started by Lucca, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. thegoatis11

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    Anyone got any idea how to do the critical thinking essay? Is it a thinly-veiled attempt at getting us to talk about research or what?
     
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    Does anybody know how to check the status and see if my application is complete? I see the bar on my account but how do I know if they have received my LORs and my application is complete?
     
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    Does it say they are reviewing it currently? that is how mine looks. if so, I'd imagine they have everything.
     
  4. Twinkle786

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    This is what it says " Your supplemental application has been completed. Your application is now being reviewed by a set of independent screeners on our admissions committee." So I'm hoping it means everything is complete
     
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    As I recall, that is what mine said as well!
     
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    What type of experiences would count as having advocated for someone?
     
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    I feel like anytime you worked with an underserved group, maybe standing up for someone/defending them against something, or other scenarios of this sort could work well.

    My example I'm going to be using is working with the homeless and educating people about their struggles, explaining different ways to help, fundraising for them, and other things like that.

    I think if you've ever had to stand up for someone, maybe stopping someone from being bullied, speaking up for a friend, defending someone from false accusations etc. could work well too.
     
  8. manofsteel9

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    Hey everyone,
    Do you think it's okay for me to talk about an experience from high school for the advocacy question? I have a very relevant experience that I can talk deeply about.
     
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    I think this would be fine :)
     
  10. jessicaday95

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    I have 2 more essay questions not included on the original post:
    1: What qualities help a leader be successful and why?
    2: What does community-engagement mean to you for either research or working in a community to improve health outcomes? What is the value of community-engagement?

    Did others have these as well?
     
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  11. tanbrucewayne

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    Are you doing the PCL Track?
     
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    Oh yep that would do it :) Thanks!
     
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    So is the consensus for the first prompt that we pretty much have to talk about our own identity? I was thinking about using an altered version of my diversity essay but that focuses much more on one of my passions/hobbies.
     
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  14. mmaslyanko

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    I am in the same boat .... have you heard if anyone got hold/rejection/scheduled interviews yet ?
     
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    Nop not yet, so I’m guessing we’re being reviewed atm
     
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  16. mmaslyanko

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    this is stressful. I need to find a hobby or something :))). Because this is occupying all my time. I actually gained a bit of weight since I got my "nice" suits, so I was thinking as a stress reliever to put an ambitious fitness goal for august. Motivation to fit into the suits so that I won't have to buy new ones... and would help the waiting...
     
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  17. Twinkle786

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    I would have bought an interview outfit for myself but not even sure if I am going to get one, stress levels are out the roof!
     
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  18. mmaslyanko

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    I know, right??? I decided to not "jinx it", and not buy anything till I get my first invite (hopefully)
     
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    Why does every question in this secondary have 3-4 parts???
     
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    They need to justify that word count!
     
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    finally finished this beast of an application, good luck to everyone!
     
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    Stupid irony of this app is that for some questions that are 500 word limit, I write ~400 words but for the two 400 word essays, Im slightly above 500. As if this secondary wasn't grueling enough...
     
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    Hey guys for people who have a secondary, what is the word count on the last secondary question:

    9. (Optional) Please let us know of any additional information that you would like us to consider while reviewing your application:

    Thanks in advance!
     
  24. manofsteel9

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    Just submitted my secondary to Duke! Good luck to everyone completing. As arduous as the process is, the secondary really made me think about medicine and my values; it was truly an opportunity to grow.
     
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    Just submitted the secondary!! Now it's time to go holistically review the feeling of booze in my stomach :happy::happy::happy::happy:
     
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    Current student, happy to answer any questions about the Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT)!
     
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    S T R U G G L I N G through this secondary. I'm only halfway through and it's been three weeks since I received it. F
     
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    +1
     
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    I feel ya man. It’s been about a month since I’ve gotten mine lol
     
  30. zimzamzoop

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    I was sooooo close to just not doing Duke but since I finished my other secondaries so early I decided to give it a go. Took me one entire week but I managed to conquer the secondary, although I have very little hope that I'll get any further. Submitted 3 weeks after I got it
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    I need to press that F.

    Ctrl F so that I can actually read these prompts lol
     
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    the portal will NOT load though and I'm about to chuck my computer out a window
     
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    Congrats!!! Very happy for ya:,)
    When did you submit your secondary/what are your stats? If you don't mind sharing :)
     
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    complete 7/12 LizzyM between 76-77.

    If anyone else is having trouble loading the portal could you please let me know? Thanks!

    Edit: portal did eventually load after many tries. They might just be overloaded with people trying to log in? If you are trying to schedule an interview just be persistent haha
     
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    You my friend are awesome, congrats! And this is SUCH a mood
     
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    II : )!!!!!
     
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  39. manofsteel9

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    Congrats on the interview! Do you mean 7/12? Duke sent out interviews on 7/10...
     
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    Whoops yes, just fixed that.
     
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    Any MSTP IIs?
     
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    I may be overthinking this but for question that says "What core values did you receive and how will these translate into the contributions that you hope to make to your community as a medical student and to your career in medicine?" is the community that they are referring to that of the one you join in med school or your hometown community? I'm confused because I'm not sure how I would contribute to my hometown as a med student...
     
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    I interpreted it like this.
    What core values did you get from growing up in your hometown?
    Taking these core values into how you will contribute to your new community surrounding Duke and wherever you end up after
     
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    "The typical academic profile for a successful applicant is GPA range from 2.8 to 4.0 and typical MCAT range, is 500-528 respectively."

    Why did they even bother saying this? :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    Just in case someone with less than a 2.8/500 or someone with god tier stats past a 528/4 decided to apply
     
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    II here today!
     
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    Hey guys!!

    So I've been wanting to add Duke to my list for a while now but the only thing stopping me is the LOR requirements. On the MSAR it says, "one letter character reference from community service, campus/community leadership organization, etc." I don't have any "real" leadership experience (mostly just through my lab and through my employment). I have a letter from a music organization I am involved in, but I'm not sure that would count since it isn't community service and I don't have a leadership role. Would a LOR from my employer suffice?
     
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    Congrats! When was your secondary complete? If you don't mind me asking.
     
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    I was complete 7/27.
     
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    It's hard to answer this for Duke. I'll just lead and say that your best bet is to just call them and see.

    However, I'd guess that the letter from the music organization would suffice, as long as the writer knows you well and is able to speak meaningfully to your positive character qualities (teamwork, perseverance, etc.)
     

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