7+ Year Member
May 13, 2010
New England
Medical Student
I'm writing an LOI to one of my top choices and I am considering including a fuller explanation of potential weaknesses in my app. They already invited me to an interview (I interviewed on their first interview day), but the interview was an MMI, and I didn't really get to address why specifically I want to go to that school. The secondary also didn't really give the opportunity to answer "Why this school?", but it did allow an explanation for any grades below a B. I explained them, but they had a cap of how many words I could use and I felt like my explanation was a bit inadequate.

Basically, I feel like telling them that my one failing grade, one random withdrawal (in a different year), and three Cs don't reflect who I am now, and that I feel I demonstrated that over the past 8 to 10 years I have developed the maturity and intellectual capacity to tackle rigorous science coursework as evidenced by my post-bacc and MCAT. The thing is, though, I feel hesitant to include this since they clearly liked me enough to interview me, but I worry that these things would ultimately prevent me from getting the acceptance without giving a fuller explanation.

The other thing I wanted to address was lack of research. Basically I was a humanities major and don't like basic science research, and the vast majority of opportunities available were basic science research. I would like to do clinical research as a med student, and would like to express this, but I also hesitate to draw their eyes toward a potential weakness.

Any opinions?
Apr 23, 2013
Medical Student
I don't see any advantage to highlighting your weaknesses unprompted. I'd write a letter that is 100% positive--updates and why that school, nothing else. Definitely don't apologize for not having research, as it isn't at all mandatory.


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10+ Year Member
Oct 30, 2006
Resident [Any Field]
No way, no how, should you mention weaknesses. An LOI, like a personal statement, is marketing. Sell your narrative and declare your undying love.