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Medical School Secondary Applications

Medical School Secondary Applications

If a school is interested in learning more about you after reviewing your AMCAS, they will email their secondary application for you to fill out. A secondary application usually consists of your biographical application, additional essays, and of course another application fee ranging between $50-100 per school. The number of essays varies but can range between two and eight. Some of the questions are similar between schools, so you may be able to use an essay for more than one school, but in general do not plan on this. While AMCAS makes it very easy to apply to many schools, the secondary application ensures that you are only applying to schools in which you are truly interested.
After completing the general AMCAS application, medical schools will review your file and decide whether to send you a secondary application or not. The cutoff for this is different at each school, so the selectivity of a secondary is variable. There are stories of some schools sending a secondary and then sending a rejection letter the day after cashing your check.

A Secondary mainly consists of additional essays that have school specific questions. Some questions will be used by multiple schools, such as describe your research experience or describe your career in 10 years, but others will be very specific, such as why THIS school. A general trend that you should be aware of is more selective schools tend to have more secondary essays, making it a weed-out process based on your interest in the program. Once you have received a secondary application, the goal is to explain why you are interested in medicine at that school. Do some research on their website and ask around about interesting aspects of each school, and if you are still stumped have MedSchoolCoach look over your essay when you are finished.