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The Parts of Your Medical School Application

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There are many different components that go into a complete medical school application. Learn what these pieces are, why medical schools ask for them, and what each part says about your qualifications as an applicant.

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Secondary Application

An additional school-specific application completed after a medical school receives your primary application. It helps explain why you’re interested in that particular institution; how your goals, experiences, and plans align with their mission and goals; and how/what you would contribute and develop as a learner at that institution. Basically, it’s an opportunity to answer the question, “Why this school?”

From the school’s perspective, it’s an opportunity to ask for more institution-specific information such as, evaluating your fit with their mission, assessing your reasons for applying and other school-specific questions.

An additional school-specific application completed after a medical school receives your primary application. It helps explain why you’re interested in that particular institution; how your goals, experiences, and plans align with their mission and goals; and how/what you would contribute and develop as a learner at that institution. Basically, it’s an opportunity to answer the question, “Why this school?”

From the school’s perspective, it’s an opportunity to ask for more institution-specific information such as, evaluating your fit with their mission, assessing your reasons for applying and other school-specific questions.

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