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Medical School Application Review and Tips

Understanding the Application stage of the medical entry process

You've been studying hard. And now you have another hurdle to cross before you are offered a medical interview. You are ready for the challenge, but is that what your written application portrays?

Your medical school application is part of an important pre-interview screening process that conveys an overall impression of a candidate that is directly comparable to other applicants in the same intake. Your answer reflects your knowledge of social appropriateness along with other precursors of success, such as your writing style, spelling and punctuation awareness, and general awareness of content suitability. All Australian universities assess application criteria differently, but usually they will subscribe to a structured process where an admissions committee will screen your application to assign a score. This score will directly reflect your chances of being offered an interview place, dependant on the calibre of other candidates. Some universities then use secondary assessors to further assign scores to establish inter-rater reliability. Regardless of how your university assesses your medical school application, you’ll have only a small window of opportunity to impress the university, and it’s important that you approach this gateway to medical entry with the magnitude it deserves.

Every year, students become overwhelmed with the varying criteria that their medical school applications need to meet in order to gain them a coveted interview position. After spending so many days working on your application, and so many years working on your practical criteria, don’t fall over so close to the finish line. Submit a medical school application that enhances your chances of selection and opens doors to your dream future, and do not rest until you know you have crafted that application!

Does your Medical School Application reflect the 'best you'?

The art to writing an impressive application is not too difficult once you’ve successfully completed all the academic criteria, work experience, medical involvement or extracurricular activities that will really make your writing pop. The hardest thing is – how to integrate this information when and where it is relevant, without committing the common ‘faux pas’ of non-relevance, self-grandiosity, misdirection, cliché, stereotyping, and insipidity? And how can you be sure that you’ve avoided the very worst mistakes, including content matter that will single-handedly dismiss your application from further consideration? Furthermore, which universities expect résumé information written into your application, and which universities disapprove of it? Does your writing read like an application, a curriculum vitae, a biography, a dramatic script, or something else entirely? – and what does your choice of style reflect about you?

Your application needs to maximise differentiation in the right ways and facilitate an opening to your relationship with the university you are applying to. And it all happens using the magic of words and genuine communication.

Advice on writing your medical school application

Some handy advice for you, from NIE’s professional team of education, medical and psychological experts, is to pay great attention to every word you write, and to the concepts you are leveraging to tie those words together. Take some time to let your answers ‘cure’ (that is, to rest your writing, so that you can then re-read your answers with fresh eyes after a short break).
Some other tips from our team to help make the writing component of this daunting task easier are as follows:

  • Do not present superficially. That is, it is better to theme yourself to show strength in a few areas, if you are limited for writing space, than it is to scatter your accomplishments ‘too thin’ and lose any advantage that theming may gain you when capturing the attention of a reader.
  • Avoid untruths and exaggerations. We can tell. Just believe us.
  • Be humble yet proud. When you convey facts or personal information, do so with humility rather than arrogance. Most of our clients are high achievers, and you are used to progressing through life with success and hard-earned results as a matter of familiarity. However personality is easily revealed within open-answers, and you should manifest this familiarity as a strength and not as conceit.
  • Show grit. Grit is a psychological construct that predicts success, especially in competitive fields and in higher academia. It is described as ‘the perseverance and passion to attain long-term goals’ – and you will want to show some aspect of grit in your medical school application.

How do you know that your application is up to par?

The sad truth is that most medical school applications from aspiring candidates do not make the cut. Even those with the most brilliant GPAs or academic rankings have been caught out by the application process.

There is nothing that can predict the acceptance of your application by your chosen university or universities with 100% accuracy, as the assessors on the other side of the process are given set criteria but are also human, with all of humanity’s personal foibles and idiosyncrasies. However, there are many things that are within your power that will increase your chance of success.

There are many online resources that may help you to practice your writing, editing and communication skills, and we would encourage you to utilise any reputable ones that you find. Have your parents and mentors look over your writing, and ask them for their honest take on how you deliver yourself.

And if you are wanting an extra level of safety in the crafting of your application, then consider one of National Institute of Education’s Medical Application Review Services to really put your mind at rest.

NIE’s Medical Application Review Services

National Institute of Education (NIE) are the only supplementary education providers for medical entry that offer complete and thorough medical application review services. Our packages are suited to all budgets. For a small additional cost, we also offer an expedited service for those who need their review completed in a faster turnaround.

Standard Application Review - $249

Our ‘Standard Application Review’ is for those who have quite a good grasp on their medical school application already. It includes: a final check for you to ensure that what you’ve written is sufficient, along with proof-checking and editing for spelling, grammar, punctuation and stylisation of writing. 

Service includes:

  1. Email your application to Head Office.
  2. A final check will be provided to ensure that your writing is sufficient for the university you are applying to.
  3. Proof-checking and editing for grammar, punctuation, and stylisation of writing is provided.
  4. Comments and suggestions are provided, specifically referring to what your application may need removed or may need inserted.

Application Review Skype Package - $389

Our ‘Application Review Skype Package’ is inclusive of our ‘Standard Application Review’ services, and it also involves a 30 minute Skype consultation and a final stage of checking after personalised alterations have been made as per brief. There is, however, a bigger emphasis on individualistic content, which can be time-consuming but is also a higher-order approach to differentiation between candidates. Individualistic content is elicited via a 30 minute Skype conference between the applicant and one of our specialists. This happens after we have had a look at your initial draft alongside any questions you may have, so that we can see how to personally tailor your Skype tutorial program.
You are then given the opportunity to resubmit your application to our specialist staff after taking into account the information conveyed. A final check on your application writing is provided, alongside proof-checking and editing for spelling, grammar, punctuation and stylisation of writing.

Service includes:

  1. Email your application to Head Office.
  2. Our specialist staff will analyse your application as per the criteria of the university you are applying to, with a focus on the information psychologically conveyed to a human reader and what this conveys of your characteristics, accomplishments and communicable personality.
  3. We liaise to establish a time and day for our 30 minute Skype appointment, which is then held between the candidate and one of our NIE specialists. (Enquire with head office about our 1 hour option available, for those applicants who have lots of questions!)
  4. The applicant crafts a second version of the application after taking into account the personalised information in the Skype tutorial, and emails this version to Head Office.
  5. A final check will be provided to ensure that your writing meets all discussed criteria for the university you are applying to.
  6. Proof-checking and editing for grammar, punctuation, and stylisation of writing is provided, along with a more detailed review referring to Skype tutorial aspects of written communication.
  7. Comments and suggestions are provided if needed.

Application Review Skype & Copywriting Package - $559

Our ‘Application Review Skype & Copywriting Package’ is the Rolls Royce of Application Review. It is inclusive of our ‘Standard Application Review’ and of our ‘Application Review Skype Package’ (see above) – and it also includes a Skype call that is twice the length (1 hour) and up to 2 hours of contracted copywriting time with a Psychological Specialist trained in Medical Entry Admissions (contracted rate, usually $280 p/h).
For those candidates who truly want to shine, a psychological copywriter helps elicit the thought processes that define who you are, explored during a 1 hour Skype conference, and brings these personality facets out on paper, alongside more strategic considerations. The most important thing at the end of the day, alongside gaining an interview offer, is making sure that it is truly ‘you’ who is represented on your application paper.

Service includes:

  1. Email your application to Head Office.
  2. Our specialist staff will analyse your application as per the criteria of the university you are applying to, with a focus on the information psychologically conveyed to a human reader and what this conveys of your characteristics, accomplishments and communicable personality.
  3. We liaise to establish a time and day for our 60 minute Skype appointment, which is then held between the candidate and one of our NIE specialists.
  4. The applicant crafts a second version of the application after taking into account the personalised information in the Skype tutorial, and emails this version to Head Office.
  5. A secondary check will be provided to ensure that your writing meets all discussed criteria for the university you are applying to.
  6. Proof-checking and editing for grammar, punctuation, and stylisation of writing is provided, along with a more detailed review referring to Skype tutorial aspects of written communication and constructs relating to personality and achievement. A special emphasis is applied to the construct of grit (Construct of Grid Video). 
  7. Comments and suggestions are provided if needed.
  8. If required, a third opportunity is offered for the applicant to submit a final version of their application taking into account (1) their original thought processes, (2) their Skype consultation, and (3) comments and suggestions provided by their educational consultant, who is also a psychological copywriter.
  9. Finally, your psychological copywriter takes into account all personal input from the applicant, and crafts the final application version into your ultimate application, which may involve up to 2 hours of copywriting.
    Note: There is sometimes an interim stage prior to this where the applicant must source some additional information by request (such as names of associations, awards, etc), however in most instances a need for this information is discovered early enough to be requested during the Skype consultation. Please leave enough time to complete the whole process, or discuss our Expedited pathway with Head Office prior to commencing.
  10. The applicant approves the final application emailed to them, and the process is completed.

NIE is the only trainer for medical entry that employs the specialists required to offer this comprehensive level of services in Australia. We consist of experts in Medicine, Advanced Science, Education and Teaching, Psychology, Adolescent Development, Test Performance, Marketing, Advanced Copywriting, & Psychological Copywriting. Our teachers are qualified, experienced and committed to the standards of excellence in education and teaching. NIE is supported by expert staff and advisors including teachers accredited by the Department of Education and Training, a range of Health Care Professionals, University Academics, and Practicing Clinicians.

Our teaching staff have an academic background directly relevant to the daunting task of gaining entry into medicine – whether that involves presentation, writing skills, criteria, personal development, or strategy. We know that medical school applications can be one of the most elusive and down-heartening stages of a long process, where many aspiring students with great marks cannot understand why they failed to gain an interview the first time around, even though they put their heart and soul into their written applications in private. We are here to demystify the whole process for you. We aim to help make your first time applying to medicine your only time applying to medicine!

If you receive an offer, you will find that those students who chose to nominate packages involving an Application Review Skype Consultation will additionally have a much clearer idea of what universities are actually looking for (and hoping to see–) in you. This will aid you and give you a head-start during the competitive medical interview process, where you will get the chance to expand and clarify much of the information included in your application, should you be offered a slot.

Enquire with us about our renowned Medical Interview Training Program, alongside the NIE Interview Techniques Manual we provide, to compliment the steep learning journey you will first encounter during your Application Review. It’s hard work, but the feeling of gaining medical entry and finally being on your way to living your dream career will eventually make it all feel worthwhile. You can do this! Believe in yourself!

 

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