Is there one school you are particularly hoping to get into, that you value above all others? If you’ve interviewed (or even if you haven’t yet), but want to let your number one, top choice school know how serious you are about them, then you should consider writing a medical school letter of intent.
This is different from a medical school letter of interest, and in this blog post we are going to explain how…
What is a medical school letter of intent?
A medical school letter of intent is a statement that specifically says you will accept an offer of admissions from a particular school if one is extended, above any other schools that you’ve applied to or interviewed at. This is a single letter that is sent to one school only– your top choice. If you’ve interviewed at the school, then writing a letter of this kind allows you to show the school that you’re serious and committed. It strengthens your application and can increase your odds of acceptance.
Why should you write a letter of intent?
A letter of intent is an easy way to express your intent to attend your #1 choice medical school and to reiterate why you want to attend their program. It demonstrates your dedication to the school and although it won’t necessarily give you a shoe-in, it can make your application more competitive. Medical schools want to predict out of all the applicants they admit, which ones will actually attend the school. Predicting matriculation rates helps schools adjust tuition and makes them more or less competitive in the future.
A letter of intent can be sent when you finish your medical school interviews, or if you have been waitlisted at your #1 choice after completing all of your interviews. Try your best to send it out after you’ve interviewed. Be patient, reflect on all of your options and your letter of intent will probably be taken more seriously if it’s later on in the interview season.
The goal: to inform your your top choice medical school that you will surely accept their offer of admission.
What should be included in your letter of intent
After you’ve completed your interviews, you’re on the waitlist or you haven’t heard anything back, you may send a letter of intent or even a second letter of intent if it’s been more than two months since you sent the first letter and you have updates to share.
Here’s what you should include in the letter of intent:
- An expression of thanks for considering you as an applicant
- Why you appreciate the school
- Any updates you have since you last communicated including in your personal, academic and professional life
- How you are a good fit for the program
- What you will contribute if you are accepted
- A clear statement of promise that you will attend if accepted
The letter of intent is another way for you to make a good impression on the acceptance committee, so it’s important to be professional and to keep the letter concise. It should not be longer than one page. It should be free of grammatical, syntactical and punctuational errors, so it is best to have a trained professional review your letter of intent before you submit it. Our team at Code Blue Essays can help you with this!
It is important to look into your specific policy of the school you wish to attend to make sure they accept letters of intent at all. Some do not, so you do not want to send them an unwanted letter. Medical schools also have different methods of accepting them, so be sure to see whether your school prefers traditional mail, email or through the application portal. Incorrectly sending your letter of intent could hurt your application rather than help it. Usually, you can just email your letter of intent to the Director or Dean of Admissions.
If you do email the letter, doing a simple subject line such as “Your Name- Letter of Intent” is fine. In the letter make sure to include the date of your interview and if possible the names of those who interviewed you.
And remember, sending multiple letters of intent is dishonest and unethical seeing that you are making a promise to attend a school. It’s not possible to commit to multiple schools, so don’t send out more than one letter of intent.
Letters of intent make up only a small part of your medical school application, but they can make a huge difference as well.
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