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Unique Characteristics Guidelines

Medical Student Performance Evaluation

DUE June 1 to

Unique Characteristics Paragraphs:

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The introduction is a succinct chronology of a student’s entry and progress through medical school.  Pre-matriculation academic, social or employment background characteristics may be included.  This should be no more than 125 words.


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Here is a sample:

______graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2000, earning a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  His senior thesis investigating the intracellular mechanism of morphine reward earned him distinction in his major.  As a junior he was inducted into Psi Chi, the psychology national honor society.  _____was involved in numerous community activities, including volunteering at a weekly soup kitchen and tutoring local fifth grade students.  His first exposure to medicine as a volunteer in a pediatric emergency department was instrumental in steering his career path.  As manager of the Pierson College intramural sports program, ____displayed leadership that was recognized twice with the college’s Athletic Cup.  In addition to these activities, ______ funded his undergraduate education through local scholarships and summer employment.

While in medical school, _______has remained active in the community.  At the University City Hospitality Clinic he helped provide free medical care to low-income patients without medical insurance.  Seeking a more substantial improvement in the medical care of Philadelphia’s indigent population, ____worked at the Philadelphia Health Law Project during the summer after his first year.  Here he created a website which enabled health care providers to better advocate for their patients on Medical Assistance. ______has also remained active athletically; during his second year, he found time to train for and run the Philadelphia Marathon.  For relaxation, ____studies chess and plays the saxophone.  With his interest in cardiology, _______is currently working on a research project that examines post-infarction cardiac remodeling in transgenic mice using a novel MRI technique.

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