Discover why admissions officers from the nation’s top medical schools selected these essays of worthy applicants
With only a limited number of spaces available every year to the thousands of
qualified applicants to the nation’s top medical schools, a serious candidate must find
a way to set himself or herself apart from the crowd. The essay is your one chance to
highlight the personal qualities and achievements that the application and MCAT
scores do not reveal.
As Essays That Worked for Medical Schools demonstrates, there is no such thing as
the perfect submission. The winning essays cover a wide range of interesting topics. If there is any similarity, it is that they are written from the heart. One applicant writes about his work as a counselor for mentally ill adults and teens. Another tells about the life-changing experience of delivering much needed supplies to a leprosy village in West Africa. And a third applicant talks about time spent volunteering at a local senior center. From the thousands submitted each year, the essays in this book were considered some of the best by admissions officers at the nation’s top medical schools.
With creativity and effort, you can turn almost any topic into an effective, successful essay for your medical school application!
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Essays that Worked for Medical Schools
An Interview with a Dean
Medical schools have many methods for reviewing applications, though we found that most schools use a similar procedure to reduce the number of applicants to a reasonable pool from which to draw their incoming classes. This is not an easy task, since most schools receive thousands of applications for a first-year class of around 200 or fewer.
According to a recent U.S. News & World Report, the average acceptance rate for the twenty top medical schools is about 7 percent, with quite a few of the schools accepting only 3 percent of their applicants. With daunting figures like these, we asked med school deans and advisors about the importance of the essays in this competitive process.
Here’s our composite version of an interview with a dean:
What is the difference between application essays for medical school and the essays we wrote to get into college?
The essays for medical school are more limited in scope. The college admission essay can often be about anything in the student’s life, and applicants are encouraged to be creative, to have a “hook” that holds the reader. The essay for medical school, however, should be pointedly topical to medical issues. Essays that take the biggest risk are those that use creativity to do something different or unusual. This is usually not wise. Since it can be a turn-on or a turnoff, it’s not worth the risk.
How are essays evaluated? By whom?
At selective medical schools, the process will be something like this:
There is a two-tiered system. First, the application materials are screened to determine who will be invited for an interview