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secondary question (most prevalent)

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by salud80, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. salud80

    salud80 Junior Member
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    Many schools seems to ask why you want to attend their specific med schools. Anybody with suggestion on how they handled this question. Did you guys just praise their programs?
     
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  3. Drlove9701

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    For the question regarding y to come to a particular school, I normally stated that I admired the school's committment to education, research, and patient care. Also, I would go into location of the school if that seemed applicable, such as close to my home, in-state, urban/rural, etc. This was pretty much the same for each of my secondaries. But for each school, I tried to research the website to pick out something unique so at least it looked like I spent time researching the school and truely wanted to attend. But basically, its seems to be all about praising the school and stating that your interest match those of the school.
     
  4. Drako

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    There is a book titled "The Insiders Guide to Medical Schools." If you can't borrow it from your library or from a friend, I suggest you buy a copy. It is written by medical students at each school and compiled into a book. It contains very unique information about each school that might help you when you are writing why you want to attend a certain school. It will also help you to decide whether or not you want to fill out a certain's school secondary or attend an interview.

    I was meticulous in my re-search of school. I read the city's newspaper, websites, etc. to find out about the environment; read the school catalog and/or website to find out about the school; and if possible, talk to students there (this one is hard). Hope this might help.

    Sources:

    Tower Records - tons of newspapers
    Internet - of courses!
    Barnes & Noble - some newspapers
     
  5. Rapid Decomposition

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    Cornell asks this question in their secondary. Of course I talked about how it was in New York so there was a lot of opportunity there. But also they are mainly a problem based learning kind of school rather than traditional lecture, so if you like a particular type of curriculum that is certainly applicable too.
     
  6. UCLA2000

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    I looked at their websites, and contacted students at their school (if I knew them...). I tried to focus on the things that the school seemed to talk about the most.
     
  7. Cydney Foote

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    All good ideas. I'd also add that if there's a certain kind of atmosphere that you know you excel in (for instance, a case-study type approach vs. lecture, or a rural health program if you have experience in that environment) then you should point that not only is the program right for you, but you're right for it.
     
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    This was really hard for me too last year because I applied to so many schools (way too many with the benefit of hindsight) that all the schools started to run together in my mind.

    Fortunately, if you go to the school's website, there's usually enough detail there about their uniqueness that you can find a some reasons for choosing their school.
     

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