Essays That Will Get You into Medical School Paperback – Aug 1 2009
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As a 20 year old applying to medical school. I realize that research, getting ready to be published, high MCAT, okay grades, 1000+ hours of clinical experience, awesome recommendations, and other extra-curricular activities is not enough to get into medical school. After reading this book, I feel like I basically have to save someone's life by performing a solo heart surgery in the middle of a flash flood for a committee to even consider my application.
The first couple of chapters of this book address what medical schools are looking for in an essay and how to make your own life story come across in the primary statement. It helps you organize your thoughts and experiences, guiding you through structuring an essay that show some real emotion. I found that working through the brainstorming activities was key in developing my essay and I strongly suggest that everyone why buys this book does so as well. The final parts of the book are example essays of past admitted medical students. This is where I think the book is a little lacking. Most of the essays are from students who were accepted into Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins...you get the picture. Obviously the other parts of the applications for these students, such as MCAT and GPA, must have been very outstanding as well. I believe that most of these students would have been accepted into medical school regardless of their primary statement. Even though many essays described experiences that the average applicant cannot relate to, I believe the thought process highlighted of why these experiences make the student a good candidate for becoming a doctor were the real key here. I found many hidden gems and inspirations among some of the essays and they allowed me to see how a successful essay should be structured.
I believe this book was they key why I was so incredibly successful in my application process and I highly recommend it to anyone working on their application to medical school!
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