Practical Advice For Applying To Medical School - Part TwoJuly 18, 2014
Don’t Hesitate To Get Help
Whether you are writing out your resume, your personal statement or your secondary application, when applying to medical school, there is absolutely no room for spelling or grammatical errors or careless typos. Your application must be 100% correct across all parameters. Utmost precision is paramount in medicine and improper spellings, punctuation or grammar could cost you big time as they could indicate a degree of carelessness, which is unacceptable in the field of medicine.
No matter how good your command over the language, give your documents to a few others to look over and edit or give you feedback on how you could improve. The faculty at your current school would be only too happy to help.
Be Accurate & Honest
Your resume is your opportunity to shine and you will want to use it to put yourself in the best light possible. However it is important that you do not try over inflating yourself and your accomplishments. Admissions personnel are experienced at spotting these little things and will immediately discard your application.
Leave out minor achievements that you may have won in your earlier school years or the couple of hours that you volunteered at the nursing home. Instead focus on your major accomplishments and experiences during your later years. Mention the full merit scholarship that you received, any leadership achievements you’ve won, the book you published or any of your unique or interesting hobbies.
Avoid These Mistakes When Applying to Medical School
Whether it is in your application or at your interview, never give the impression that you are casual about medicine or not entirely committed to the profession. For the person editing your file, poor editing and late applications are signs of carelessness and no matter how good your other credentials, this one trait is enough to disqualify your application. Nobody wants a careless doctor.
While most applicants would be only too happy to get admission into any medical school, don’t make the mistake of taking on this mindset when filling out your secondary application. Spend the time and effort to properly research each of the medical schools you are applying to so that you can better sum up how your attributes, philosophies and goals match up. Are there unique facets of the school that are worth mentioning in your application? Time spent learning about each individual school is time well spent.
Almost all secondary applications will have a section prompting you to mention ‘anything else that you may want the admissions committee to know’. Don’t waste this opportunity on reliving your childhood dreams or describing in detail how your aunt’s prolonged illness triggered off your passion for medicine. Instead, use this space to explain something that may otherwise be open to misinterpretation in your application. For example, use it to explain that the 2-year gap in your education was because of a life-threatening personal illness. If your record is clean and you don’t feel the need to justify anything further, a simple ‘nothing to report’ is a good enough response.