In “How Medical School Applications Are Evaluated,” Dr. Busnaina provides helpful information on how medical schools review primary and secondary applications. He suggests being proactive if you are deferred by a school that you love. I definitely recommend calling the school to express your strong desire to attend and sending a formal letter that explains how your background and career goals align with the school’s academic and clinical offerings. For secondary applications, applicants tend to do a fair job of describing their background and career goals but often forget to give specific reasons for their desire to attend the school. Do your research on the school’s website and reach out to current students and faculty members who share your academic and clinical interests.
To read Dr. Busnaina’s article, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2011/10/31/how-medical-school-applications-are-evaluated.