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Is a spouse's job worth bringing up in an interview? For instance, my spouse was just promoted and really likes her job. There is a medical school close to us that would allow her to keep her job and for me to commute (~20 mins). This school is also my top choice. Is it worth explaining this situation in an interview or update letter? Would ADCOMs take this into consideration? For what it's worth my stats are very competitive for this school (>90th percentile).
 

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These are the situations that may be good for EDP as marriage and spouse job show close ties geographically to school.

I would certainly bring this up at interview. Indeed, it is something I would have made clear on a secondary to a school. My gut reaction almost says this is a worthy of an update/Letter of Intent, something I almost never suggest. Call me crazy
 

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Yes, this is a situation that you want the school to know that it is not a safety and you are not going to run off to someplace more prestigious. Just say you have ties to the area and that your wife has been working in the area (or name the industry or company) for xx months (years) and that you look forward to putting down roots. That might be exceptionally well received if the school's mission is to serve the people of that geographic area and/or if it is the only school within 100 miles.
 
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Yes, this is a situation that you want the school to know that it is not a safety and you are not going to run off to someplace more prestigious. Just say you have ties to the area and that your wife has been working in the area (or name the industry or company) for xx months (years) and that you look forward to putting down roots. That might be exceptionally well received if the school's mission is to serve the people of that geographic area and/or if it is the only school within 100 miles.
On a similar note, would it be worth it to mention that I have immediate family and a fiancée in the area when applying to my local state school? Would that count for anything extra, or would it just be wasted space on a secondary prompt?


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On a similar note, would it be worth it to mention that I have immediate family and a fiancée in the area when applying to my local state school? Would that count for anything extra, or would it just be wasted space on a secondary prompt?


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If there might be any doubt that you would not prefer that school over a "better" school, you should try to make it clear that the school is your top choice (if it is).
 

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I'm in a similar situation, and am working on my secondary to the school at which my husband and I would not need to move. The prompts in the secondary really don't allow for "why I want to go to this specific school". Is it worth adding in a paragraph just to address that this school is my top choice because of various reasons, or would that seem strange to put in when the prompts are asking for various specific examples (like what I would look forward to most as a physician)?
I certainly would
 
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Okay, thanks for your feedback! While I've got your "ear", there is a DO school with a location that we would not have to move, and I already submitted the secondary which did allow for telling why you want a specific campus (and why you are dedicated to serving that area after medical school). I mentioned in this secondary that my family and my husband's family live in the area, and that I would love to practice in the area because I have lived there my whole life and hope to continue. Do you think that's adequate? I'm doubting if this is enough because I didn't mention that my husband works here (I tried to keep my responses specific to my goals).
Is your home address within 50 miles of the school? That would seem to suggest that you would favor it over a school that was 200 miles away and that seems particularly true, to me, if an applicant states that they are married and have family in the area.
 
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