Getting into Medical School: Tips for Secondary Applications
July 8, 2014
Hello my med school applicant readers! It’s that time of year again when students are turning in their primary applications, getting them verified by AMCAS and thinking about completing their secondary applications. Unlike primary applications, every medical school’s secondary application is different. That means each school will have a different fee, different form and different essays. If you’ve applied to 10+ schools, keeping track of all of your secondaries is a challenge and can be entirely overwhelming. So, what’s an applicant to do?
Here are some quick tips for successfully completing your secondary applications.
1) Be highly organized– Make an Excel spreadsheet or Word document where you keep the links to the applications, essay prompts, passwords, usernames and other minutiae. That way you can quickly and easily keep track of all the information necessary to access your secondary applications.
2) Be prompt– Most medical schools have rolling admissions. That means you’re better off submitting your application sooner rather than later. If you’re particularly interested in a school or if it’s your best shot for getting in, you should prioritize completing that secondary application first.
3) Read ahead– Some medical schools will have past essay prompts available on their website. If they’re available, you can get a head start brainstorming essay topics and language. You should also check out the school’s mission, values and other information on their website. You want to be familiar with the school’s core information, so that you can utilize it during your secondaries and potentially during your medical school interview!
What’s been your experience so far with secondary applications? Tell us in the comments!