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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.

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.

21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge

21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge

You've heard us stress the importance of good writing in your medical school application, and being a good writer, just like staying in shape, takes training and practice.

Would you show up to a marathon without a single day of training? Of course not. Unless you enjoy passing out from physical fatigue, you’ll probably start practicing months in advance.

For your application, this is the time to start training. We're putting you, and ourselves, to the test by kicking off the 21-Day “Write Everyday” Challenge.

You Won’t Believe the Amount of Pages You’ll Need to Write for Medical School

You Won’t Believe the Amount of Pages You’ll Need to Write for Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

“I want this to be perfect.”

Every year, we hear pre-med students say this about their medical school personal statements. And we don’t blame them. The personal statement is the largest essay of the primary application, and it certainly carries a lot of weight.

Why Our School? How to Knock Out 12 Medical School Secondaries with One Essay

Why Our School? How to Knock Out 12 Medical School Secondaries with One Essay

By: Ryan Kelly

Many students apply to 30+ medical schools in order to play the numbers game, and this is no secret to the schools themselves.

They’re not stupid; they know they’re not your only choice. But it’s your job to convince them that they’re the best choice for you in, which hopefully has a reciprocal effect.


But writing 30 completely original secondaries is a scary thought. To save yourself time, focus on writing great essays for top-priority medical schools, and then use these as templates for all the other secondaries.

How to tackle secondaries: How will you contribute to our campus's diversity?

How to tackle secondaries: How will you contribute to our campus's diversity?

If you're like most applicants to medical school, you're just not that diverse.  You are racially or ethnically over-represented.  You didn't face many particular hardships growing up, and you haven't had enough life experiences to make you different from the thousands of others applying to med school.  That means you'll have to get creative in how you answer this question.