Medical School Essays that Made a Difference, 3rd Edition

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Many pre-med students have great MCAT scores and excellent grades—the best way to stand out in a crowd of medical school applicants is to write an exceptional essay!

Medical School Essays That Made a Difference, 3rd Edition puts you in the admissions officer's seat—inside you'll find real application essays, interviews with admissions pros, and profiles of students who've been through the process and made it to medical school. This book is an ...

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Overview

Many pre-med students have great MCAT scores and excellent grades—the best way to stand out in a crowd of medical school applicants is to write an exceptional essay!

Medical School Essays That Made a Difference, 3rd Edition puts you in the admissions officer's seat—inside you'll find real application essays, interviews with admissions pros, and profiles of students who've been through the process and made it to medical school. This book is an essential guide for anyone navigating the very competitive medical school admissions process.

Medical School Essays That Made a Difference, 3rd Edition includes essays submitted to the following schools:

Albany Medical College
Baylor College of Medicine
Boston University, School of Medicine
Brown University, Brown Medical School
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Cornell University, Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical Center
Creighton University, School of Medicine
Duke University, School of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Emory University, School of Medicine
Florida State University, College of Medicine
George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Howard University, College of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
Louisiana State University, School of Medicine
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Mayo Medical School
Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical University of South Carolina
Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine
Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York University, NYU School of Medicine
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Ohio State University, College of Medicine and Public Health
Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rush University, Rush Medical College
Saint Louis University, School of Medicine
Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine
State University of New York–Downstate Medical Center
State University of New York–Stony Brook University, School of Medicine
State University of New York–University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences
State University of New York–Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine
Temple University, School of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College
Tufts University, School of Medicine
Tulane University, School of Medicine
UMDNJ, New Jersey Medical School
UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
University of Alabama–Birmingham, School of Medicine
University of California–Irvine, College of Medicine
University of California–Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California–San Diego, School of Medicine
University of California–San Francisco, School of Medicine
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Florida, College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC College of Medicine
University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts, Medical School
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
University of Michigan, Medical School
University of Minnesota–Duluth, Medical School
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Medical School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine
University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Services
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of South Alabama, College of Medicine
University of South Dakota, School of Medicine
University of South Florida, College of Medicine
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
University of Tennessee–Memphis, College of Medicine
University of Toledo, Health Science Campus
University of Virginia, School of Medicine
University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health
Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine
Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
Wake Forest University, School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
West Virginia University, School of Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Yeshiva University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375427879
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: Graduate School Admissions Guides Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Why Did We Produce This Book? 3

How Can This Book Help You? 4

Why'd They Do It? 5

Where'd They Get In? 5

The Parts of This Book 9

Editor's Note 11

Chapter 1 Following Directions: A Brief Overview of the Medical School Application Process 13

A View to Admissions 15

The Premedical Timeline 17

The Notorious GPA 21

MCAT on a Hot Tin Roof 22

Invest in Extracurricular Activities 24

Letters of Recommendation 25

How to Apply 27

Round #2: Secondary Applications 30

The Art of the Interview 31

Chapter 2 Getting Personal: Primary and Supplemental Essays 33

The Personal Statement 35

An Angle on Secondary Applications 36

Chapter 3 Having Heart: What Really Makes an Essay Tick 39

Guidance, If Needed 41

The Secrets to Your Success 41

Get to Know Yourself Better 41

Three Approaches 43

Roadmap to Greatness 44

The Benefits of Peer Pressure 47

Dos and Don'ts 48

Chapter 4 They're, Their, and There: Grammar and Writing Tips 49

Good Grammar = Good Form 51

Most Common Grammar Mistakes 51

Grammar Chart 58

Using Punctuation Correctly 60

Writing Clearly 63

Eliminating Wordiness 63

Eliminating Fragments and Run-Ons 68

Limiting Your Use of Passive Voice 68

Using Non-Sexist Language 71

Avoid Clichés Like the Plague 72

Style Chart 74

Navigating the Minefield 75

Excuses, Excuses 77

Ready, Set, Write! 78

Chapter 5 Making Ends Meet: Financial Aid Overview 79

Making Friends with Money 81

What Is Financial Aid? 81

Financial Assistance: Your Basic Options 82

Don't Go It Alone 83

How Much? 84

A Little Help from the Family 84

More on Loans and Scholarships 85

Evaluating Your Financial Aid Package 89

Financial Aid Pitfalls 90

Smart Money 90

Chapter 6 Being a Doctor: Things You Should Know 91

The Meaning of an MD 93

Patient Care 95

Compensation 96

Prestige 97

Trends in Medicine 97

A Very Big Adventure 108

Chapter 7 Q & A with Admissions Officers 109

Chapter 8 Real Personal Statements and Secondary Essays 125

Chapter 9 Where They Got In 245

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