Unless noted, writing sample is limited to 20 pages. Jessica Freedman, a former Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty member, offers concrete guidance to help applicants distinguish themselves in the medical school admissions process.
Concisely state your past work in your intended field of study and in related fields. Please see Program Details to determine whether the program to which you are applying requires a writing sample, CV, or other documents.
Please follow departmental requirements on type and size of writing sample.
Unlike primary applications, secondary applications ask specific questions about your goals, experiences, and your personal views on a range of topics, including your decision to go to medical school.
Your secondaries will be read to see how they complement what you have said in your primary application.
If you are given enough room on certain questions, you may want to follow the thesis, body, and conclusion structure that you would use for a longer essay.
Don’t, however, try to squeeze in extra words by using a font more than a point smaller than your AMCAS application.
Please focus on how your interests, experiences and aspirations have prepared you for HST (rather than identifying specific HST faculty or research opportunities).
Limit your comments to the equivalent of one page of single spaced text with a font size of 10 or 12.
(4000 Char)Describe your reasons and motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in your chosen program of study at Harvard.
What experiences led you to your research ambitions? Health Policy applicants should indicate the concentration(s) and policy area(s) of interest.