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What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?
Be Yourself, don't write what you think they want to hear.

Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
I recommend that you bring up your MCAT, if that doesn? help talk to the Medical School that you are applying to and ask them what you can do to strengthen your application.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
Your secondary application should be alittle bit more serious and tailored (not inserted!!!) to the school of your choice. I recommend describing how the missions of the schools will fit in with your desire to attend.My secondary apps were written much differently than my primary in that I got a chance to show particular schools my interest. I wrote more business like with the secondaries, and wrote primarily on the topic of how I would fit in perfectly at X school. But Beware!:do your research on the schools of choice before writing and before your interview. For example, X school can cater more towards primary care and expect most of their graduates to follow through; therefore you may be less likely to get an interview if you write that you always wanted be a heart surgeon. This may not neccessarily mean that X school doesnt produce such specialists. Just try not to give them a reason to x you from the long list they have.

Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
KNOW THE SCHOOL YOU'RE WRITING ABOUT

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
Get them in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!! A common mistake people make is not getting their applications in as early as they can (I'm guilty of this as well). With rolling admissions, it is to your benefit to be complete early.

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
My suggestion is to resist the temptation to get cocky. Trust me, it gets far more competitive at this stage. You'll basically be reitorating your AMCAS for the majority of the application, but the essay is essential. Write an essay that describes a completely different side of you (not a boring sequel to your AMCAS essay). Be honest, creative, and candid (but relate it to how this experience, characteristic...will make you a better physician).

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
Fill them out as quickly as possible. Type them if at all possible. If you don't hear a response after a few weeks, then follow up and all the admissions office...at least they hear your name and that you are interested.

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
As with all else, be honest. Tell them who you are. Answer what they ask, not what you think they want to hear. It is like they read your personal statement, and are allowing you to elaborate a little more.

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
Get them done early!!!!!

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
Did not have to fill any out.

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
Most schools will ask similar questions on their secondaries: why medicine, why our school, tell us about yourself. Don't re-hash your personal statement; give them something new to chew over. It's your chance to tell them everything about yourself that you think is relevent. Take advantage of that. And get them done as soon as humanly possible!

Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
proofread, name specific thigns about school you like

Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
Fill them out quickly, make sure they have everything they need.

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
most were pretty basic, if you're lucky you can every reuse essays for multiple schools.

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
Pain in the butt. These can cost $40 - $100 a piece. Be certain about what you want and how much you are willing to spend. And ... keep jumping through the hoops, it will be good practice for the rest of your life.

Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
Secondary apps are a scam and a way for some schools to get your money in exchange for a rejection letter. They are tedious and some require more essays. Just put grin and bear it as you jump through more hoops.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
N/A

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
Just get through it and get on to the interviews.

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
Put as much effort into the essays as you can. As much as the personal statement on the primary application if you can. I wish I had put more effort into mine.

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
Wash, rinse, and repeat. Most of the questions can be answered from your personal statement in you main application. Heck, almost all of the secondaries I had had similar themes for their questions (e.g. would you like to work in a rural community, what do you think being a doctor means). Get them done early though and space them out. I was burnt out doing applications after applications for 2 months. Oh, watch those deadlines.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
Recycle answers! I had a list of answers on my computer and I recycled them to fit the questions.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
The only advice that I have for secondary applications is to get them back as soon as possible. I made it my goal to have my secondary applications in the mail within two days of receiving them. This seemed to work very well for me in that I got an interview invitation from almost every school that requested a secondary application from me.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
EARLY!!!EARLY!!!EARLY!!! Did I mention EARLY?!

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
Podiatry is another great opportunity to practice medicine.

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
Finish them as quickly s possible and get them in.

Y.L.Rucker at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Rochester, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 5/12/2006
Prepare to do quite a few essays.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
decide for real what schools you want/don't want. i wasted too much money on schools that i knew i wasn't going to go to.

emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
- GET THEM IN FAST!!!!!!!!!! even fedex them!

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
Same as previous

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
I would just suggest finishing them as soon as you get them.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
They are less than fun. Just be deligient and get them back in as soon as you can. Stay on the people who are providing your recommendation.

Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
Finish them as quickly as possible. In general the sooner you get them tured in the better your odds at an interview.

Gregory Thom at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of CA, San Diego, BS; Management Science degree. Answer posted 2/8/2006
Do exactly what the directions tell you to do. Follow deadlines to a T. The major thing is to make it complete as possible in the shortest amount of time as possible. The faster you get your application in the faster you will get an interview. If you wait too late you may be interviewing as an alternate and not next years class.

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
Stay on top of those mothers. Feel free to re-use essays, just make sure you change the name of the school if you use it in the essay. I'm sure UConn would be thrilled to hear that you can think of no better place to study medicine than Tulane.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
Turn around your applications as fast as you can, many schools having a rolling admissions policy and the faster you get your application in the earlier you will hear about interviews.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
Don't blow it off. It deserves as much if not more attention than the primary. Do your best!

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
Fill them out carefully but quickly, remember time is of the essence as many schools have rolling admissions. Make sure to use any additional essays required to present unique aspects of yourself that have not been covered elsewhere in your application. Strive to give them as complete a picture of yourself as possible.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
They take a long time so narrow down your search as early in the process as possible.

Kim Bentley at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Duke, Biomedical Engineering degree. Answer posted 10/31/2005
Turn them around as fast as you can. Same as your application and all materials in general. Fast response is key. I would respond to all schools since you really donít know at that point who will interview you and who will not. Maybe only leave out a school or two that really doesnít feel right and you really donít want to attend.

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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