Each school will send a different secondary with unique essay questions.
This means you will be faced with several, possibly dozens of applications within a 1-2 month period. I recommend creating a spreadsheet listing each program with the following components: name of school, date of secondary receipt, submission deadline, number of essay questions, school ranking, relative ranking of importance to you.
The key points outlined here provide a great framework of strategies to use and pitfalls to avoid when crafting a secondary application. As its name suggests, it is the second component that is sent to an applicant after they submit the primary application.
They are also referred to by some programs as the “supplemental application.” Each school has a unique secondary, which contrasts the common primary which was sent to several schools through AMCAS, AACOMAS, or TMDSAS.
The secondary is a chance for each school to get more information from the applicant through a series of short essay questions.
Questions will be unique to each program, though there is a fair amount of overlap among them.
This online video course will teach you how to quickly and persuasively write your medical school secondary application essays.
It includes my master list of “Super Prompts” and training videos that show you the best way to respond to each prompt.
And it’s a hassle that you need to finish in only a few days if you want to be as competitive as possible.
You will dramatically improve your chances if you quickly return your secondaries to medical schools. I recommend submitting completed secondaries 2 days after receiving them. But there’s just not a whole lot of information out there about the medical school secondaries that tells you what schools are looking for or to give them what they want.