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"A chance to show yourself" - how do applicants approach medical school admission essays?

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical teacher
Publication Date
Volume
33
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.599890
PMID: 21942490
Source
Medline

Abstract

Our findings suggest a disconnect between the approach of the applicants (to "show themselves" and be selected as individuals) and the stated intent of the process (to select applicants based on "objective" criteria). Our findings raise important questions about how applicants represent themselves when applying for medical school and suggest that it is important to understand the applicant's point of view when developing questions for selection processes.

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