Secondaries

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.

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.

3 Practice CASPer Questions and Best Responses

3 Practice CASPer Questions and Best Responses

By: Ryan Kelly

CASPer Scenario 1 - Video

(My written account of the video)

One member of your student group, Sue, is showing up unprepared and not contributing. She blames this shortcoming on a paper she had to write, but the other members argue that they were responsible for the same paper yet still managed to show up prepared. Two other members begin confronting Sue about the problem.  

How should you prepare for the CASPer test?

How should you prepare for the CASPer test?

By: Ryan Kelly

The word ‘Casper’ might evoke an image of the personable cartoon ghost from tv and comic books.

But is the CASPer as student-friendly as our beloved ghost?

A timed online test to determine your medical school admission seems frightening, but I’m going to show you why it’s not as bad as it seems.