Looks like the application has hit the fan!
The Harvard MBA application was just released. If you’re planning to get an MD and and MBA, you must fill out both applications.
For 2012, Harvard updated their MBA application essays and, in doing so, created some innovations worth looking at.
There are two parts of the new application that I especially like:
* For Harvard MBA applicants, the personal statement part of the application is now just two 400-word essays. Gone are the days of agonizing over thousands of words of content to apply to one MBA school. (Joint degree programs were even tougher — extra essays when you apply md/mba).
* For those students lucky enough to get an interview, there is a novel post-interview essay in which you can elaborate on comments you made in the interview, or bring up new information you think would be of value to the admissions committee. Limit: 400 words.
There is one additional essay for joint degree applicants, which is not an unreasonable amount, considering a typical pre-med applicants still has to write her medical school personal statement, plus all the secondary essays, for the medical school application process.
What does this say for pre-meds? I really like this quote from a Wall Street Journal interview on the new application:
The application process “is not meant to be an essay-writing contest,” says Dee Leopold, [Harvard's] managing director of M.B.A. admissions and financial aid.
This really rings true for me. Many times I have had to talk students down from the edge of a cliff over their writing. “I want to make my essay more (flowery, better sounding, more professional),” is a frequent lament I hear.
Med schools don’t want you to try to be something you’re not. They want to know the real you.
For pre-med students considering applying MD/MBA, take heart. Your workload just got a lot easier. Somebody send a thank you card!