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Congratulations on submitting your medical
school primary application. While the primary and personal statement are
key, the secondary application is equally important. This is your chance to show each school that
you didn’t just shotgun apply to them but that you actually want to attend their program. Here are nine tips to crush your secondary
applications. What’s going on guys, Dr. Jubbal, The secondary or supplemental application as the name suggests is the second component
to the medical school application. Each school has a unique secondary application
whereas the primary application was a single common app sent to several schools using either
AMCAS for MD schools or AACOMAS for DO schools. Secondaries consist of a series of short essay
questions. Questions will be unique to each program though
there is a fair amount of overlap among them. If you submitted your primary application
in June, expect secondaries to roll in starting in July and continuing throughout summer. Now, let’s get to the tips for crafting an
outstanding secondary. Number one, get organized. Secondary applications can be overwhelming
and that they arrive in quick succession. This means you’ll be faced with several, possibly
even dozens of applications within a one to two month period. This necessitates organization in your approach. I recommend creating a spreadsheet listing
each program with the following components. Name of the school, date you receive the secondary,
submission deadline, number of essay questions, school ranking and relative ranking of importance
to you. A system like this will allow you to keep
track of each school and organize and prioritize your approach. Which brings us to the next point: prioritize
certain schools. You will have to decide on which secondaries
to do in which order as you will likely get multiple at a time. Using the spreadsheet you created, you’ll have
the information needed to make that decision. There are different ways to approach this. First, you can apply to your top choice schools
first. This will allow you to get ahead of the curve
during rolling admissions maximizing your chances to get an interview offer. Number two, you can also consider applying
to the most competitive schools first for the same reason. And number three, you can consider submitting
some secondaries for the lower ranked or lower preference schools prior to submitting your
higher ranked or higher preference ones. This will afford you some practice possibly
making your later secondary essays more effective. While this point does have merit, it can quickly
be mitigated by the rapid turnaround secondary application editing that we offer on Our advisors are real doctors that have served on medical school admissions committees so
they know what it takes to stand out. Number three, tailor your response to each
medical school. The more you can tailor and craft your secondary
to be appropriate to the program, the better. Research the program, familiarize yourself
with their strengths and tell them why they are pertinent to your goals. Maybe it’s certain research areas that interests
you, clinical exposure to unique populations or a community outreach aspect. These elements are key to incorporate into
your final answer for “why is this medical school the right fit for me?” At the same time, be honest. It will show if
you embellish or stretch the truth. A great way to get a head start on these essays
is by preparing the secondary prompts before you even receive them. The free Med School Insiders secondary database
is updated daily with secondary prompts as soon as they are released. It also contains previous year prompts and
high yield writing tips on how to appropriately answer each prompt. Number four, outline prior to writing. It’s always a good idea to create an outline
prior to writing an essay, but it is particularly helpful here. Because secondaries contain multiple questions
each, it is important to plan and outline and answer to each question in an individual application
before writing. This will prevent you from repeating ideas
or themes on questions which may overlap. Number five, content is king. It’s important to have a quick turnaround
with your secondaries but do not prioritize speed over quality. You must have well-written essays with well
crafted answers. Make sure you answer the specific question
being asked as the prompts will often be less open-ended than the personal statement. Remember to strive to answer the following
overarching themes in your responses: “What makes me unique? Why am I the right fit for this program and
why am I interested in this medical school in particular?” Number six, do not repeat your primary application. This is a crucial piece of advice and a common
pitfall for applicants. The admissions committee already has all the
information in your primary. This is your opportunity to show them something
new. Focus on different strengths and experiences which will demonstrate why you are a great
candidate. If you do touch on an experience that has
been described before, be sure to elaborate or shine a different light on the subject. Number 7, be careful copying and pasting. With so many essay prompts coming in, you will
invariably have some overlap of similar questions between schools. It is absolutely acceptable to carry over
common answers to multiple applications but be very careful when doing so. If copying and pasting a response, make sure
you closely review it and ensure that it adequately answers the question. Furthermore, be sure that there is no language
or specific component referring to another school, which would be a clear red flag on
your application. And yes, this does happen. Tailor the response to the specific program
if possible. Number 8, take the appropriate amount of time. The legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden
once said be quick but don’t hurry. It is certainly important to be timely with
your responses to prevent falling behind in the rolling admissions process, but you also
do not want to compromise quality. It is reasonable to take a few days to complete
secondaries particularly the important ones. I would recommend you try to respond within
one week. You can work on multiple applications concurrently
to stay fresh, coming back to the essay in the next day or
so to review. The key is to ensure high quality. Don’t hurry,
timeliness is only helpful if the application is effective. And number nine, get feedback. Most applicants know that it is crucial to
have their personal statement reviewed by others. It may be harder to do so for secondaries
due to the sheer volume and therefore soliciting feedback may be overlooked. While the time
constraints and volume of essays is undeniable, I urge you to still seek feedback on secondary
essays as often as you can. Particularly for your high priority programs,
your essays should certainly be reviewed by someone with experience in the medical school
application process. Check out the Med School Insiders secondary
application editing service. Our team of doctors will provide in-depth,
professional, high yield advice to help perfect your secondaries. Our editors can assist with any part of the
secondary process, from brainstorming ideas all the way to fine-tuning details of the
essay. Our quick turnaround time means that you are
on time and on target with all of your secondaries. Learn more at, I will
also have a link down in the description below. Follow these nine tips and you’ll be well
on your way to a stellar secondary application! Thank you all so much for watching. If you like the video, make sure you press
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14 thoughts on “Medical School Secondaries – 9 Tips

  1. Im an Aeronautical Engineer student. and really planning to go straight to med school after graduation. Any tips? thankyou.

  2. I want to become a doctor but don't know where to start. I did not so good in highschool. Should I go to community college then uni?
    Please help I'm confused what should I do?

  3. Hi Jay, your channel is a big help and inspiration to me. Thank you for your no-nonsense, straight to the point style and breadth of topics. I'm a sophomore in undergrad and my goal is without a doubt to make it into medical school and be a surgeon. I am doing okay so far, I am an EMT working at the university hospital, I have shadowed docs, I get as many A's as I get B's, but the one thing I struggle with the most to turn those B's into A's is meeting due dates and turning in assignments on time. I get A's on exams and tests in almost every class because I know how to study and I enjoy the process, but when it comes to actually sending my professor an assignment on time, or completing a project before it's due, I struggle HARD. I haven't figured out what works for me to get even the simplest thing in, 100% of the time. This isn't an academic issue, it's all on me. Do you have any ideas for how to stop dropping the ball? I know I need to work on my self-discipline, but what do (or did) you do to make sure your assignments were always in exactly when they were supposed to be? Thanks.

  4. Pleaseee tell me how you make these videos where it looks like you're drawing? I have to create an animation for a school project and it would be perfect if I knew how to do this! 🙂

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