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Essay question for next year's class.

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Toejam, May 15, 2002.

  1. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    35 miles from Pomona
    I'd like some opinions on this. I'm a practicing podiatrist and I'm reapplying to be an allopathic doctor. In my essay, I want to specifically state that I'm interested in ER medicine. Does anyone think it's wrong to state a goal like that before you've even gone through the process? Do you think it's OK since I'm a DPM and I've rotated through the ER in my residency??

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  3. Future_Doc

    Future_Doc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    I don't think it's a bad idea to say what you are interested in. You will no doubt be asked why you wish to persue and MD and leave podietry. You will most likely be asked what particular specialty you're interested in. I know I was asked that a couple of times. People ask me that everyday - so I think it's good to know what you want to do. I don't think this is being closed to any other specialty - it is just your interest at the moment. People change their interest all the time - so who knows? 4 years from now you may be interested in OB/Gyn! :)
  4. analu

    analu Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    In one of my interviews, I was deemed presumptuous about my perspectives in medicine, even after spending 3 years in an ER (as a tech), and 5 years in a clinic (doing path and patient care). Even though you've been in an ER, I'd caution you on making your interests in EM too strongly known in your essay. Some people in adcoms may take it the wrong way, and it only takes one bad impression to torpedo your ap at a med school. The same interviewer who nearly sunk me stressed the importance of humility and being prepared for the unknown, both emotionally and intellectually. Looking back at my practice vision statement, it's easy NOW to see why he called me presumptuous!!! Lucky you don't have to do that one, it sucked...

    Good luck to you toejam! I think it's great that you want to go back to school...if it's something you've always dreamed of, GO FOR IT. Few people in life actually get a second chance...make the most of it!
  5. KDocGirl

    KDocGirl Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    If you state your interest in ER, then they will ask you why and what experiences led you to this decision. This is a great opportunity to fill the interviewer in about your life experiences and about your reasons for going into medicine. Although, it's perfectly fine to say you are not sure yet until after getting a feel for the other fields during rotations. Best of luck! :)
  6. Assassin

    Assassin Assassin 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    there is absolutely nothing wrong with saying you're interested in/leaning towards/considering a certain speacialty in your essay. it is something that's often asked during the interviews anyway.
    however, in my opinion, it would be horrible to make it sound like you're dead set on going into any one field and that field alone. you will risk coming across as being very narrow minded regardless of your past experiences/ER rotation.

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