Verified. The race begins again. The same day I was verified, I received five secondaries. Every day, two more usually arrive in my inbox. The clock begins. To organize the incoming, outgoing, and progress made, I have made a pretty nifty spreadsheet, including the school, the website, username, and password. Staying organized will alleviate stress and help me keep track of all 21 schools as this process continues.
Secondaries will be a time and money sink hole. Be prepared to set aside many hours and a lot of money to this portion of the application process. Each school asks for a range of $70-100 for their secondary application. Prioritization will be crucial as well. Again, there’s that time aspect. Preview the secondaries you receive and finish the ones that just ask for a photo of you first, and then tackle the schools that have accepted students from your institution in the past. Lately, finish the dream and/or reach schools.
For the next two to four weeks, I will be spending the majority of my time off work writing, reflecting, editing, and spending money on the secondaries I have received. Once all the secondaries are in, another waiting game begins. Interview offers…
· Q&A with Admissions Advisor: http://studentdoctor.net/2011/07/medical-school-application-secondary-essays/
· Advice/ examples from UC Davis: http://advisingservices.ucdavis.edu/advising/hsa/handouts/secondary_application_for_med_school.html
· Advice on how to respond to question stem: http://www.medschoolcoach.com/tips-and-examples-of-medical-school-secondary-applications-secondaries/
· Aspirin preventing cancer? http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1709803
· Women and CAD: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264076.php