Secondaries

A Guide to the University of Michigan Medical School’s (UMMS) Secondary Essays

A Guide to the University of Michigan Medical School’s (UMMS) Secondary Essays

“The only constant is change.” You’re probably familiar with this phrase, but you probably don’t know how it relates to the University of Michigan Medical School.

Turns out UMMS is all about change.

When you check out the school’s mission, it’s abundantly clear that UMMS is looking for visionaries with big ideas and “change agents” in society.

How to Answer UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

How to Answer UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

“They all sound the same!”

When you’re researching different medical schools on your list, in search of those “Why Our School” reasons for your secondaries, the schools can easily blend together.

But UC Riverside School of Medicine (UCR SOM) is easier to pin down and target, since the school is clearly looking for a specific type of candidate.

Summer is Coming: Medical School Secondary Essay Survival Guide

Summer is Coming: Medical School Secondary Essay Survival Guide

On Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming” is a catchphrase used to warn characters of impending doom. But in medical school admissions, “Summer is coming” would be far more apt.

In general, summer is a whirlwind for applicants, as they graduate, transition into new jobs, secure gap year activities, etc.

But summer also foreshadows the Real War to Come: secondary essays.

How to Answer NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s New Secondary Essays

How to Answer NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s New Secondary Essays

Are you looking for a last-minute application for the 2018-2019 medical school cycle? Are you interested in primary care and have some degree of ties to New York? Do you want to write secondary essays that are 2500 words each?

If you answered yes to these questions, then we’ve got good news for you. New York University Long Island School of Medicine (NYULISOM) released its secondary essays recently and will be conducting its interviews from April 1 - May 10, 2019.

I Applied to 151 Medical Schools and Lived to Tell the Tale

I Applied to 151 Medical Schools and Lived to Tell the Tale

By: Ryan Kelly

If you wanted to apply to 151 medical schools, what would you need to accomplish that?

In theory, it seems downright impossible to pull off 151 applications in one cycle, at least not without going completely bonkers. We’ve already told you that we think 68 is too many.

Sample CASPer Test Questions: Monty Python Style

Sample CASPer Test Questions: Monty Python Style

By: Rob Humbracht

You may have heard that there's a new test required by a growing list of medical schools: the CASPer. The spread of its use has been fairly fast. A few years ago, it was only required by Tulane and New York Medical College (in the US), and now the list is 20 schools strong and growing.

How to Answer Tufts University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

How to Answer Tufts University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

“What are they looking for?”

Pre-meds find themselves asking this question a lot as they complete their secondaries.

For Tufts, there doesn’t seem to be one straightforward answer. Based on its offerings, it seems to have a little bit for everyone. So, it appears that the school is keeping its secondary prompts rather broad, so that applicants can play to their own strengths.

How to Answer George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Secondary Essays

How to Answer George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

“What are they looking for?”

Pre-meds find themselves asking this question a lot as they complete their secondaries.

For George Washington, it seems like the school wants doers, movers, shakers, and producers. Candidates with conscientiousness, but also the will to put that into action.

How to Answer Boston University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

How to Answer Boston University School of Medicine’s Secondary Essays

By: Ryan Kelly

Fans of Savvy Pre-med might be familiar with our numerous past guides to secondary essay writing. If not, check them out, post-haste.

Why so much focus on secondaries? Well, we’ve seen students struggle with secondaries year after year, and we recognize their potential to undermine someone’s entire application.

The Five Most Common Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts for 2018

The Five Most Common Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts for 2018

By: Ryan Kelly

Remember Valentine’s Day when you were a kid? If your grade school was anything like mine, we had to give Valentines to every other kid in the class. The night before, I often ran into my classmates at the Hallmark store, buying packs of the Muppets/Harry Potter/My Little Pony collection, all with the same puns on them. “I’m ready to Kermit to you,” or “I Adumbledore you,” or “Valentine, you are Twilightlicious.