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What qualities do adcoms want to see in a medical school application essay?

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Why medicine? What brought you here? What confirmed that calling?
 
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It's also a good idea to choose a thematic element that that demonstrates a key feature of YOU as an applicant and potential physician. Teachability, diligence, steadfast commitment in the face of adversity-all of these are great.

We recommend Dr. Atul Gawande's "Better" as a good example of writing on Diligence, for example, as a key feature of successful skill building in procedural specialties.
 
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It's also a good idea to choose a thematic element that that demonstrates a key feature of YOU as an applicant and potential physician. Teachability, diligence, steadfast commitment in the face of adversity-all of these are great.

We recommend Dr. Atul Gawande's "Better" as a good example of writing on Diligence, for example, as a key feature of successful skill building in procedural specialties.

Just to add to this, a medical school application should be a coherent, concise, and compelling narrative showing a strong pattern of motivation, commitment, and achievement. The AMCAS PS is where you can lay out the pattern or theme. The EC's should be the evidence showing those themes and patterns. These themes and patterns should continue into the secondaries as well. So interlocking themes throughout your application SHOWING (not simply telling) your motivation, commitment , and achievement with EVIDENCE OF ACTION (in ECs, LORs) is what an application should contain
 
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Pretty much what Gonnif said. But I'd also add sincerity. There are a million different reasons to go into medicine and the "I want to help people" tagline gets overused unless you can show that it is your motivator by listing examples and activities.
 
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Pretty much what Gonnif said. But I'd also add sincerity. There are a million different reasons to go into medicine and the "I want to help people" tagline gets overused unless you can show that it is your motivator by listing examples and activities.

“Sincerity - if you can fake that, you've got it made.”
George Burns
 
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