October 25, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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This essay is a part of the application that you submit to AACOMAS or AMCAS. They will give you certain topics that you can consider writing about and there are a variety of approaches to choose from. You can write about any experience that changed or challenged your perception about medicine, a work relationship with a mentor or any inspiring individual or even any challenging situation that you have faced maybe. Alternatively, you can write an essay about your academic life or even your life story. Some applicants take a different route and give their insight into what think medical practice is all about.
In addition to the main essay, you will also have to write another essay or two when you are submitting any secondary applications to other individual schools. These essays are different from the one that you have first written, in that you are required to respond to some specific question/s. Admissions committees then review the entire application and the subject matter you choose should ideally complement the original essay.
Sometimes there may be just a handful of members on a medical school admission committee, while at other times; you might find up to 2 dozen members. These members are generally a mix-and-match of faculty, full-time admission staff, doctors an students. All decisions are made via vote and every applicant generally received proper consideration.
At least one member of the committee will read your essay in entirety. All the aspects of your application will be considered and if they really like what they perceive and see, they will extend an interview invitation to you. Committee members generally spend anything from 3 to10 minutes reading each essay and the impact has to be quick and strong.
You must know that they will end up reading 40 to 50 essays every day, during the time around admission, which is why your essay has to be outstanding so it can make a mark in that short span of time that it is reviews.
Here are some quick tips for you to keep in mind when crafting your medical school essay:
Keep in mind that your essay is a portrayal of who you are as a person, what your aspirations are and what motivates you. Do not be casual about writing the essay and do not consider it to be a weekend chose. Consider this as an opportunity to show the school that there is much more to you than numbers and grades.