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Critical Mass in Medical School Applications?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by CanadianRN, 05.16.14.

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  1. CanadianRN

    CanadianRN

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    Quick question. I realize that applying broadly is key to success in medical school applications. However, even as an international applicant, I have only been able to narrow the numbered of U.S. medical schools that I would like to attend down to about 40... Obviously, some I prefer over others. At some point, the number of applications submitted must become counter-productive. There is no way you could write 40 heartfelt genuine secondary applications without the quality beginning to slip.

    How many schools would you consider applying to? I realize that it is important to find the right fit, but for the sake of argument, imagine the number of suitable schools were indefinite.

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. ciestar

    ciestar 2+ Year Member

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    I honestly think whenever I do put together a school list, I'm going to cap it at 20.
    The secondaries would be overwhelming with 40 schools.. it's already stressful enough!
     
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    NontradCA American Hero 2+ Year Member

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  5. darkjedi

    darkjedi how did this get here I am not good with computer 7+ Year Member

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    ~15 is what people generally recommend, depending on how competitive you are. 20-25 would be the upper limit of what I think most people would be willing to do.
     
  6. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

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    I sent my AMCAS to 18 schools and ended up only doing 11 secondaries. But I'm lazy. Average number is 15.
     
  7. Underu

    Underu 2+ Year Member

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    Like others said, 15ish is around the ballpark for most people. If you have money to burn and want to apply to more top-tier schools, 20-25 isn't a bad idea. However since you are an international applicant, you will have to add 5-10 more schools as compared to a US resident, just to be safe.

    I think about 20-25 should be a solid number, although we could help narrow down schools based on your stats and location preferences.
     
  8. GingerGirl27

    GingerGirl27 5+ Year Member

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    I applied to 21, completed 20 seondaries as a fellow international. Looking back on it I probably would have been fine applying to about 15, but 20 allowed me to feel safe about my chances.
     
  9. CanadianRN

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    Thank you for all your input everyone. It sounds like somewhere between 15-25 is the number. I will see if I can narrow my list down any further.
     
  10. Shazam243

    Shazam243 2+ Year Member

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    If you have the financial freedom, apply to as many as you want. Keep in mind that you don't have to complete all of their secondaries. As others have said, 20-25 is optimal.

    Take a look at previous threads to get a sense of what your schools' secondaries are, as many, if not most, recycle the exact same prompts year after year.
     
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    OneTwoThreeFour 2+ Year Member

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    It may be anathema, but I recycled most of my secondary essays. None, save the targeted ones, took me more than an hour so I had no problem with 20 secondaries.
     

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