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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by sluox, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. sluox

    sluox Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    I just caught a subtle typo in the (MSTP) essay that i sent to 10 schools
    "i have a great interested in blah..." instead of "i have a great interest in blah..."

    what do you think?? is it too obvious??

    had anybody ever had that sort of experience

    i'm worried
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  3. Big Phil

    Big Phil New Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    I had a bigger typo, I repeated a sentece twice right after another from bunch of copying and pasting...It didn't affect my into 5 of 6 schools i interviewed...Don;t fret, unless is something vulgar....
  4. xaelia

    xaelia neenlet Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    My essays are all typo free, but apparently I forgot to proofread all my extracurricular activities correctly. One place I have "Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania" and another place I have "Children's Hospital of Philadelphia". And I noticed one other typo in another activity...and I've got four interviews this year already, so it mustn't be the end of the world.

    Thank goodness being a doctor doesn't require any kind of attention to detail....
  5. Last year the first sentence of my essay began "Most importantly than..." Needless to say, I am a reapplicant. Just be careful, that's all.
  6. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse The luckiest man 7+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2002
    The Stadium
    Obviously if you catch a mistake/typo after you've sent it in, there's nothing you can do to change the error. While a minor mistake won't necessarily preclude acceptance, it does smack of at least carelessness and at worst ignorance/disinterest. I note these mistakes when I review applications for my school, and if there are a number of them I will make a point of commenting on it in my evaluation. Given the importance of applications, it's worth paying close attention to anything one writes and having someone else proof submissions.
  7. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    u got an MSTP interview already, so it prolly wasn't so bad, sluox. :)
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    Doesn't matter how subtle it is. Most schools put this information into a computer, which is equipped to catch spelling errors and gramatical errors. It also references this to other applications to match how similar they are (a simple algorithm if you will). Now some schools really care about this and will dock you, some will let it slide. Ok I am making this up - relax don't worry about it.

  9. GoodMonkey

    GoodMonkey sproutmobile 7+ Year Member

    tee hee... like 10 seconds after submitting that BLOODY duke secondary, i noticed that i spelled "investigator" three different ways on the app. i felt like a tool, but what can you do? thus, i now have a principal invetsigator, a principal invetigator and an principal investigator. how special is that? after all, we're all supposed to find some way to stand out, right? :D

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