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can i do this?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Sweet Tea, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. Sweet Tea

    Sweet Tea Girl Next Door Physician 10+ Year Member

    I'm in the middle of trying to write an essay for a secondary application, and it's asking a question that I answered in my personal statement... the infamous "why do you wanna be a doc?" question.

    Is it okay to refer to my personal statement to answer this question? I know the GW secondary says not to refer to your AMCAS app, but this secondary makes no such specifications. Obviously, I'm not going to write "see personal statement"... but is it alright to say "As I stated in my personal statement...blah blah blah", and then further develop my essay? I just find it boring to have the same essay in my application twice, so I'm sure it's going to be boring to read. "Boring" isn't exactly the impression I'm trying to make...
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  3. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2002
    i wouldn't recommend it.
    your essays should be separate entities, able to stand each on their own.
  4. Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]

    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Your 2ndary should be a stand alone one. A person who is reading the essay should be able to make some conslusions without refering to any other materials. It may happen that the reader does not have access to your personal for some reason which would make it difficult for him/her to see your main point. I know that it is easier to say than to do.
  5. Sweet Tea

    Sweet Tea Girl Next Door Physician 10+ Year Member

    Thanks, Spiderman and vyc!! That's what I was thinking, too.
  6. Premed2003

    Premed2003 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2002
    What about on a secondary with a lot of questions that refer to the same thing.

    One secondary for example asks you to describe a major extracurricular activity, but also asks you to describe your clinical experiences. My major extracurricular is a clinical experience. Can I say something like "in addition to ____ cliinical experience described in question 1, my other major extracurricular is blah blah..." instead of repeating the same stuff?

  7. Dr. Dodger Dog

    Dr. Dodger Dog 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Unfortunately, I ran into this same problem. My personal statement was largely autobiographical, detailing the events in my life that have directed me towards a career in medicine. It becomes extremely difficult to write a secondary response on why you want to be a doctor without alluding to this topic. So far, what I've done is write about the same topic, but take a different tangent on the secondaries.

    Although I don't want to dwell on this topic too much, it is really really significant in my life and pretty much is the whole reason I want to go into medicine and why my brother is in medical school now. I think by taking a different approach to the same topic without being redundant, it should be ok. Now, the thing is to make sure that your "why" really is significant enough to merit such attention... (I hope mine is...or I'm screwed :) )
  8. lilorchid

    lilorchid Junior Member

    Jul 20, 2002
    Sigh. Everyone is so well organized and on top of all the things they need to do. I really am far behind in this process. But to the orginial poster, I agree with everyone in that your essays should be able to stand alone but you can always develop tangents to ideas you wrote previously.

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