Secondary applications are usually taken as a sign that you’re on your way to being accepted. You’ve finished writing the personal statement, you’ve sent in your AMCAS application … and you feel like, “wow, that was so much work. But at least now I can rest.”
You might believe that the long haul is over — you think it’s time to bring out the celebrations and relax for the rest of your time in college. That’s all fine and good (you have every right to relax!), but don’t get too comfortable now that your primary application is in. You still have plenty to do and it is important not to lose focus.
I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but the celebrating will be much more worthwhile once you get in. You need to stay on track, because the secondaries are about to flood your inbox.
What’s A Secondary?
Medical school admissions actually requires TWO applications. (Holy crap!) The AMCAS (or ACOMAS) application is the first one, and then each individual medical school will send you a second application, and that’s why they are called “the secondaries.”
The stress behind the secondary application is that you need to submit it as quickly as possible (while also showing your best work, of course). Many students don’t realize the time sensitivity of the secondary, and it’s super easy for you to sort through them and cherry pick which secondaries you want to send back, and which ones you decide “Oh, I’ll just get to that one later.”
Then, a month later, you have this big stack of unfinished secondaries and you’re like, “Crap, now I’m screwed. I’ll never get these done in time.” Plus you start to realize that many of the secondaries have recommended turn-around times of just a couple weeks. So now you’re worried about being late, which compounds the whole stress problem.
That’s why I decided to make your life a bit easier by putting together this guide. There’s no need to be stressed.
Although it is virtually impossible to know beforehand which topic you will receive, how much to write and when you need to turn your secondaries back to med schools. So my online course How to Write Your Medical School Secondaries narrows it down to a few key essays (i.e. research, leadership, community involvement, etc.). Let’s take a look into the content of my course and see if you feel it’s worth your time. I think you’ll like what you see.
Is There Anything Online Already That I Can Use?
In short, no, not really. From my searches, all I could find were some brief articles explaining what the secondary application is. Very few went into detail on how to write it well, or how to plan ahead so you can effectively improve your odds of getting accepted. Because it takes a lot of experience in medical school admissions consulting to understand the general trends in secondary apps, not many people venture into this area.
I’ve been working with this content for close to two decades now, so I know how the secondaries are structured and what answers medical schools respond most favorably to. And I’ve put it all in this guide. Most articles on the internet don’t go into detail on how to write an excellent secondary application because they don’t know. This course has everything you need.
Breaking Down the Course
Like every one of my courses, How to Write Your Medical School Personal Statement comes with a directory of everything you need. There are only eleven videos and a PDF which serves as your all-purpose guide along with writing exercises. The course makes sure to cover all the basics, some of which are intuitive and you might have already picked up if you’ve taken a previous writing class.
I want to bring your attention to the SuperPrompts book that comes with the course, however, because I think it will help you piece it all together. I consider it to be the hallmark of this entire course:
The Super Prompts teach you how to brainstorm and get ideas flowing. It explains in detail a few types of essay topics which are very common in secondary applications. Coupled with comments on the videos, I also go through what the admissions committee looks for when reviewing these applications. Equally importantly, this course covers how to quickly submit your secondary app while also making sure that your content is your best.
You might be scratching your head at this point — why does it matter how quickly I submit it? Being punctual is crucial and submitting your app as soon as possible ensures that each medical school knows that you are serious. My course covers all of this.
Secondary applications are crucial to getting into your top medical school. By being prepared, you can quickly and effectively answer the prompts in a way that appeals to the medical school you’re applying to.
With the help of the videos, the PDF, and my personal help, you should be on the right track. Courses like this are not easy to come by so I think the content here will truly make you an impressionable medical school candidate.
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