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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by kelpy, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. kelpy

    kelpy Senior Member
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    How do you respond to secondary app questions that ask you to explain your reasons for picking that particular school? I looked at schools' websites and they basically say the same things about their program: strong faculty, highly competitive, successful in getting into residency, dedicated to research,...... I cannot find any unique information that sets the med schools apart. How do you guys go about responding to such questions?
     
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  3. Shejeboshease

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    Why does my 115lb girlfriend ask me everyday whether or not she looks fat?
     
  4. braluk

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    some of them i have genuine reasons why i want to apply (money, state school, ive worked there before, etc) but you ask the golden question. personally i usually look up their faculties, their match statistics, check to see how many go into surgery, see which of their faculties have publications, and if so, have i ever used them before for work? Things like this make for a strong "why do you want to come here"
     
  5. Anastasis

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    Well, what made you choose those schools to apply to?

    For instance, I applied based almost completely on curriculum and varied elective experiences. So I talked a bunch about that and also about the atmosphere of the school (which stressed diversity in its mission statement).
     
  6. aung

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    Just curious, how much did everyone write for those questions? I made my answers very brief and concise, roughly a paragraph, for almost every one of those questions.
     
  7. Neuro27

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    I just say:

    I looked through MSAR and found your average/median stats to be way below my 45Z MCAT and 4.0 GPA. So I'm basically applying to your school as a safety school. Please feel honored that I'm filling out your secondary.
     
  8. tacojohn

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    "Because I would like to get in somewhere."

    Honestly, what could you possibly say to these questions that would make a difference?
     

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