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“People are a hundred times more interested in themselves and their wants and problems than they are in you and your problems.” This excerpt from Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, is not a condemnation of people as self-absorbed jerks. He’s merely pointing out a very important fact about networking - the secret skill that separates average pre-meds from standout ones.
If you wanted to apply to 151 medical schools, what would you need to accomplish that?
The race begins! The AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) opens tomorrow, and if you’re not one of the first few to fill it out in the hours that it opens, you will never fulfill your dreams of becoming a physician.
So what should you be aiming for with your letters of recommendation? Every year I find myself repeating the same lesson to my pre-meds: get the best set of letters you can.
Imagine you’re a college professor, practicing physician, or busy working professional. Sometime in spring, you receive an email - it’s Johnny or Jessica Pre-med - some young excited face you can barely picture.
Last week we explained the The 5 Necessary Factors for Getting into Medical School, but what about the cherries on top? The X-factors? What are the ways you can elevate your application from average to extraordinary?
The topic on which I get the most questions every application cycle is letters of recommendation. The following FAQ represents every question I've received over the past few years.
So you found someone to write you a letter, and you’re feeling pretty darn good about yourself. You mustered the confidence to approach the recommender, who has happily complied. Congrats--kudos--huzzah! You deserve a nice long catnap on the campus quad. But wait, hold up--did they just tell you to write the letter yourself? What? As in write your own recommendation? Aren’t there rules against this kind of thing?