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Hi everyone!

I received a private message regarding the Do's and don'ts of elective applications.

Here are the things I consider important-
1) CV -
It is valued the most when it comes down to electives. I was told by a coordinator herself that voluntary work in your CV is very essential. She said that everybody can score well in med school if that person is not doing anything else in life and that the work you do for your society is far more valuable than what you do in your school. So make sure you are a part of workshops and free medical camps, NGOs etc.

2) Your PERSONAL STATEMENT-
Its not important how great your english is on paper. Important thing is how well you communicate in simple language. Here are a few points you should stress on-
-- Why you chose to be a doctor (don't write my parents are doctors and so I decided to be one or I want to help save the world. Those are clichés that no one wants to hear.
-- Why the specific branch ( Peds, Meds etc)
-- Why that particular Hospital/University. read up their elective description and tell them thats why you want it. Tell them how your principals are similar to the hospitals.
-- Briefly describe your plans for the future and how this particular elective will help you in achieving your goals.
-- Keep it short and sweet 1.5-2 pages is more than enough. They hardly give your PS 2 mins to read.
-- Finally the most important. DONOT ASK SOMEBODY ELSE TO WRITE IT FOR YOU or for someone else's PS just to get a read. BElieve me it corrupts your mind and you start thinking exactly the same way. It HAS to be original as they run it through a software for plagiarism.
3) Your STEP 1 score - that is if you have taken the exam already. I hadn't so its not an absolute necessity.

4) Apply to the hospitals that are known to take International students.
- Weill Cornell
- Yale
- Mount Sinai
- Thomas Jefferson
- Harvard
to name a few.

5) Take your TOEFL- Some colleges ask for it.

6) Apply early- When I aplied 2 years ago the deadlines were 3-6 months before the start date. I believe now they are 6-9 months so make sure you apply early. You will also have better chances of getting in as a lot of colleges work on a first come basis.

7) Before you apply mail the coordinator ( as listed on the college's website) and ask for eligibility criteria and then keep in touch with him/her. It really helps. While mailing them make sure that you give a brief formal introduction of yourself.

I hope I've covered all the points but feel free to add.
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thanks for that...
just wanted to say that its not called a personal statement for electives
it is statement of intent and it is usually very short
personal statement is for residency applicaion
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Personal Statement/ Statement of Intent / Statement of Purpose they are all the same . Personal Statement for residency application is supposed to be 1-1.5 pages long and the one for electives can be slightly longer. Its up to the person who writes it.
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Personal Statement/ Statement of Intent / Statement of Purpose they are all the same . Personal Statement for residency application is supposed to be 1-1.5 pages long and the one for electives can be slightly longer. Its up to the person who writes it.
1.5 pages are excessively lengthy and even if Hawking wrote it.. Its going to be tossed. Key is short and sweet, maybe around a page at best.

PDs dont have the time to go through 200+ selected applicants PS if they were so long.

This holds true for residency apps, im sure it cant be different for other purposes.
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After going through a zillion websites, talking to attendings and professors personally during obsies n electives, thats what I got. Applied with a one page PS and got good comments on it during interviews, so I maintain what I wrote. Its a PERSONAL statement so to each its own!
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1.5 pages are excessively lengthy and even if Hawking wrote it.. Its going to be tossed. Key is short and sweet, maybe around a page at best.

PDs dont have the time to go through 200+ selected applicants PS if they were so long.

This holds true for residency apps, im sure it cant be different for other purposes.
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After going through a zillion websites, talking to attendings and professors personally during obsies n electives, thats what I got. Applied with a one page PS and got good comments on it during interviews, so I maintain what I wrote. Its a PERSONAL statement so to each its own!
Thats what i was implying..
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You must be in the last year of your med school to be eligible to apply for a clinical elective, right?
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Final year or during internship.

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You must be in the last year of your med school to be eligible to apply for a clinical elective, right?
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Hi everyone!

I received a private message regarding the Do's and don'ts of elective applications.

Here are the things I consider important-

Thank you very much! very nice post! Where did you get this from?
I agree with the personal statement things- I think one page is fine. You could write all your goals and what you mentioned in one page. Anything more is too much, I think.
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You're Welcome!

Its actually from my experience and from the things I've probably read in the past or have heard from good sources. I don't specifically wanna mention names of attendings and professors. I'm sure you understand why

All the best for your endeavors!!
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Thank you very much! very nice post! Where did you get this from?
I agree with the personal statement things- I think one page is fine. You could write all your goals and what you mentioned in one page. Anything more is too much, I think.
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You're Welcome!

Its actually from my experience and from the things I've probably read in the past or have heard from good sources. I don't specifically wanna mention names of attendings and professors. I'm sure you understand why

All the best for your endeavors!!

Of course I understand! It just sounded like someone on this forum gave you that advice, so I wanted to know
I will definitely remember it, thanks a lot!

If you want, you could tell us about your elective experiences! But I understand if you dont have time.

Good luck for all your endeavors too!
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