secondary application essay vs. personal statement

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How is the essay required by most secondary applications different than the personal statement submitted in the AMCAS.
 

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It's different for every school, but many of them ask why you want to go to that particular school.
 

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Your personal statement you get to write whatever you want -- It's just a blank spot on your AMCAS. Your secondary essays will have specific questions, such as "Why do you want to go to school X" "What contribution would you like to make to the field of medicine" "Discuss an ethical dilemma you have personally been involved in, and how you handled it." "How do you deal with stress" "What is your personal belief system. Discuss influences." and so on.

I'd start writing your AMCAS personal statement as soon as possible. Worry about your secondary essays as soon as you get them. Be warned that U Chicago's has four longish essay questions. Other schools are just "send a check."

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If you search, I believe there have been threads on this. The worst secondary for me personally was UCSD (write an autobiography). I hear Duke and University of Chicago are pretty bad.
 
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