Yale School of Medicine 2016-17 Secondary Application Essay Tips

If you have not yet applied to medical school, you may be asking, “What on earth is a secondary essay and why would medical schools want more information from me?” After submitting your primary application, each medical school will ask you to complete a secondary application. Most medical schools, in addition to asking for an additional fee, will also ask you to write an additional essay or multiple additional essays that vary in length and focus.

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Because many primary AMCAS applications look the same (i.e. high GPAs and MCAT scores, significant extracurricular and leadership involvement, some exposure to biomedical science or research, and some degree of clinical experience), medical schools often turn to secondary applications to uncover the nuances of various applicants. The essay questions that a school chooses to have its applicants answer are typically designed to help applicants expand upon their personal statements. Ultimately, they serve as a way for students to further explain their reasons for pursuing a career in medicine, as well as what they envision that career to look like. Admissions committees will use the information from secondary applications to determine which applicants are a great fit for their programs and should be invited for interviews. It is important that the answers you provide somehow relate to the rest of your application and your overall story. This adds consistency and genuineness to your application.


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I can guarantee that every medical school will ask you to respond to this essay prompt in the secondary application: “Why This School?”
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Secondary applications arrive fast and furious soon after the primary AMCAS application is transmitted to the medical schools. It’s important to return secondary applications quickly since an application is not considered complete until the secondary has been received. The suggested time window for returning a secondary application is within two weeks of receiving it. Do the math—if an applicant applies to 20 schools, that’s 20 applications to complete within two weeks, all with several essays to write. Let’s say the average secondary application has three to four essays–that’s 60-80 essays. Writing that many essays in a short period of time obviously creates a tremendous amount of work.