Medical School Essays That Made a Difference, 5th Edition

Medical School Essays That Made a Difference, 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 9780804125857
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Graduate School Admissions Guides
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 3 MB

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The experts at The Princeton Review have been helping students, parents, and educators achieve the best results at every stage of the education process since 1981. The Princeton Review has helped millions succeed on standardized tests, and provides expert advice and instruction to help parents, teachers, students, and schools navigate the complexities of school admission. In addition to classroom courses in over 40 states and 20 countries, The Princeton Review also offers online and school-based courses, one-to-one and small-group tutoring as well as online services in both admission counseling and academic homework help.

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 20

MCAT on a Hot Tin Roof 21

Invest in Extracurricular Activities 23

Letters of Recommendation 24

How to Apply 26

Round #2: Secondary Applications 29

The Art of the Interview 30

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

Road Map 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 67

Limiting Your Use of Passive Voice 67

Using Non-Sexist Language 69

Avoid Clichés Like the Plague 70

Style Chart 72

Navigating the Minefield 73

Excuses, Excuses 75

Ready, Set, Write! 76

Chapter 5 Making Ends Meet: Financial Aid Overview 77

Making Friends with Money 79

What Is Financial Aid? 79

Financial Assistance: Your Basic Options 80

Don't Go It Alone 81

How Much? 82

A Little Help from the Family 82

More on Loans and Scholarships 83

Evaluating Your Financial Aid Package 87

Financial Aid Pitfalls 87

Smart Money 88

Chapter 6 Being a Doctor: Things You Should Know 89

The Meaning of an MD 91

Patient Care 93

Compensation 94

Prestige 95

Trends in Medicine 96

A Very Big Adventure 106

Chapter 7 Q&A with Admissions Officers 107

Chapter 8 Real Personal Statements and Secondary Essays 129

Chapter 9 Where They Got In 251

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