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Hello SDN,

How highly do admissions committees value pre-interview update letters? I am starting a new clinical job and plan on submitting an update letter within the next couple months. Since clinical experience is a weaker area of my application, I am hoping to make up for it with my job. Given that my writing demonstrates meaningful reflection on the experience, do you think such a letter will help me get an interview invite? Or is this kind of letter not really useful?
 

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I asked my advisor this question (I'm currently in a post-bac), and he said that schools tend to look at your application exactly as you sent it on the primary application, and that update letters have very little use or significance.
 

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Hello SDN,

How highly do admissions committees value pre-interview update letters? I am starting a new clinical job and plan on submitting an update letter within the next couple months. Since clinical experience is a weaker area of my application, I am hoping to make up for it with my job. Given that my writing demonstrates meaningful reflection on the experience, do you think such a letter will help me get an interview invite? Or is this kind of letter not really useful?

Can't hurt. But "meaningful reflection"????

No, just no.
 
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Hello SDN,

How highly do admissions committees value pre-interview update letters? I am starting a new clinical job and plan on submitting an update letter within the next couple months. Since clinical experience is a weaker area of my application, I am hoping to make up for it with my job. Given that my writing demonstrates meaningful reflection on the experience, do you think such a letter will help me get an interview invite? Or is this kind of letter not really useful?
Pre-interview, some schools accept them and others just don't. Check with each school before sending.
 

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