Getting into Medical School: Tips for Secondary Applications

July 8, 2014
Emily Hause

Getting Into Medical SchoolHello my med school applicant readers! It’s that time of year again when students are turning in their primary applications, getting them verified by AMCAS and thinking about completing their secondary applications. Unlike primary applications, every medical school’s secondary application is different. That means each school will have a different fee, different form and different essays. If you’ve applied to 10+ schools, keeping track of all of your secondaries is a challenge and can be entirely overwhelming. So, what’s an applicant to do?

Here are some quick tips for successfully completing your secondary applications.

1) Be highly organized- Make an Excel spreadsheet or Word document where you keep the links to the applications, essay prompts, passwords, usernames and other minutiae. That way you can quickly and easily keep track of all the information necessary to access your secondary applications.

2) Be prompt- Most medical schools have rolling admissions. That means you’re better off submitting your application sooner rather than later. If you’re particularly interested in a school or if it’s your best shot for getting in, you should prioritize completing that secondary application first.

3) Read ahead- Some medical schools will have past essay prompts available on their website. If they’re available, you can get a head start brainstorming essay topics and language. You should also check out the school’s mission, values and other information on their website. You want to be familiar with the school’s core information, so that you can utilize it during your secondaries and potentially during your medical school interview!

What’s been your experience so far with secondary applications? Tell us in the comments!

Emily Hause

Emily Hause Emily has been a teacher for Kaplan for over eight years; she's taught MCAT, ACT, SAT, SAT2 and tutored pretty much every subject under the sun in both the classroom and live online (aka Classroom Anywhere) settings. She's also worked for Kaplan in content development and teacher mentorship roles. Emily is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado and is hoping to go into Pediatrics. She's involved in many campus opportunities such as being a Prospective Student Representative, admissions committee member, CU-UNITE member, and co-president of the Education and Teaching Interest Group. Prior to medical school, Emily got a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a Masters in Public Health- Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, baking, playing tennis and exploring her new Colorado home.

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