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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.

4 Steps for Assembling UCSD's Autobiographical Secondary Essay

4 Steps for Assembling UCSD's Autobiographical Secondary Essay

By: Ryan Kelly

“It’s alive!”

Pre-meds might find themselves repeating Dr. Frankenstein’s catchphrase as they work on UCSD Medical School’s secondary essay. There’s no doubt; it’s a bonafide monster. The notorious UCSD autobiographical statement gives you 6,000 characters (yes, more than your personal statement) to answer the following prompt:

Pre-med News Roundup February 8, 2016

Pre-med News Roundup February 8, 2016

By: Ryan Kelly

Alzheimer’s advances on the horizon. For most of history, this neurodegenerative disease has puzzled scientists and left the afflicted and their loved ones in a state of emotional drain. Luckily, there is hope to better detect, diagnose, and treat the disease. This article from the San Diego Union Tribune covers the causes of Alzheimer’s and a new wave of experimental drugs and treatments. Also see the Tribune’s article about the revamping of UCSD’s Alzheimer’s program.

 

New guidelines nudge doctors to give patients access to medical records. This New York Times article discusses the Obama administration’s recent efforts to remove barriers in patients’ freedom and autonomy. The article covers the new set of guidelines and includes testimonials from both patients and healthcare professionals. Also see how patients are contributing their records toward Obama’s “precision medicine” initiative.


No antibiotics for colds and sore throats. This article in MedPage Today discusses the advice from two prominent doctors groups, urging physicians to avoid antibiotics for uncomplicated cases during the current flu season. The article includes the guidance published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and provides information about the dangers and costs of overusing antibiotics during treatment.