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- Apr 3, 2006
for several essays, i talked to several veterans from my hospital and they told it's fine if i use their names in my essays
is that okay?
is that okay?
If the person is an adult and I only know their first name, then what should I do?MollyMalone said:A first name is OK if you are referring to a child. Otherwise, you should use Mr./Mrs./Ms./whatever else.
True. I just made up names for everyone so it read smoothly but didn't cause any confidentiality issues. For the Dr.s names I used real names.DoctorPardi said:Ok, first of all, how does it help you you add real names? Just change them all to something else. Or maybe call them all something obviously changed like Mr. Smith and Mrs. Doe.
There is no added benefit to using a real name.
The suggestion was Mr. X or something similar, which is in fact a space savings over many first names.vtucci said:I used first names in my PS and had no problem. They were not the real names of the patients. Using Mrs. or Mr. plus a last name is very high on characters and not the best use of space for AMCAS.
dont be sarcastic over a question so generalg3pro said:Because the essay is about you, it's a really good idea to talk about other people specifically.
You're concentrating on all the wrong details here. The point is you want to write a good essay without destroying any privacy standards.coralfangs said:dont be sarcastic over a question so general
your sarcasm is appreciated, thank you, it just made my day
it depends on the essays obviously
when essays ask u to name a situation or event in which u truly helped someone, it is important to give a certain amount of detail
beside, who says about writing a biography of some random patient in my personal essay?
it's just a problem between confidentiality and respect you have for those people
i mean, if u respect the veterans well enough, is it polite to use something as plain as Mr.?
you wouldn't address a policeman as Mr too, right?
haha u know wut, u r rightDoctorPardi said:You're concentrating on all the wrong details here. The point is you want to write a good essay without destroying any privacy standards.
If you want to call them Captain Tom and General Bill do so. If you called them Mr. Tom and Mr. Bill, it would make no difference to adcoms. Just don't use their real names, and make up something to call them. If using millitary ranks is somehow important to your story, then use the ranks and make up the names.