Medical School Secondary Essays Packages

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No Word Limits. Essays Tailored To Your Strengths.

10 Frequently Asked Questions

No other consultants: From minute one, you are working directly with Dr. Rachel Rizal and Dr. Rishi Mediratta. We put a lot of heart and dedication into each person’s application. We do not pair you up with other advisers and consultants.

No word limits and character limits: Almost every other medical school advising service will have word and character counts for what counts as “1 school secondary.” We do not believe in that. Please read our “no word limits, really” FAQ response for details about why we have this philosophy.

World class advisers: We help our students achieve their dreams. We’ve studied applications almost our entire lives. Drs. Rizal and Mediratta are inspired by our peers who achieve at the highest levels in clinical medicine, research, public health, public policy, business, writing, and art. We share their experiences and lessons with you. 

Passion: Mentoring and advising is a high priority for us, because we love it so much. We are actively engaged in the community and give talks about “how to get into medical school” at undergraduate universities, premed organizations, and postbacc programs across the United States. In light of COVID-19, we gave more virtual talks so that we can be available to as many premeds as possible.

Lifelong mentorship: Because we view our advising as a lifelong mentorship, we keep in touch with many of our students throughout their medical careers. We want the skills we teach you during the medical school application cycle to be applied to your medical school career, residency, and future jobs. Several of our mentees have joined us in residencies at Harvard and Stanford hospitals.

Ample Experience: Dr. Mediratta and Dr. Rizal have read thousands of medical school secondary essays and counting! It’s in your best interest to work with advisers who have read thousands of essays so that you do not submit generic responses.

Unique Essays: We will make sure that each of your medical school secondary application essays is tailored to your personal interests and strengths. This is how we make sure each person is unique.

School Specific: Our previous students attend medical schools across the United States, including the top 10 medical schools. We know their experiences, extracurricular activities, and ups and downs. Why is this important to your med school secondaries? We apply this knowledge to your medical school secondary application. We understand the curriculum, culture, and unique opportunities available at each of the medical schools we will help you with.

No word limits and character limits: Many med school secondaries are more than 2,500 words. When we help you with through each school’s medical school essay edit, we want to read all your essays without word and character limits.

Lifelong mentorship: Because we view our advising as a lifelong mentorship, we keep in touch with many of our students throughout their medical careers. We want the skills we teach you during the medical school application cycle to be applied to your medical school career, residency, and future jobs. Several of our mentees have joined us in residencies at Harvard and Stanford hospitals.

Dr. Rachel Rizal and Dr. Rishi Mediratta will be the ones who edit your medical school secondary applications. We love advising and mentoring! When it comes to applying to medical schools and scholarship, we are strategy masters. We want to give the knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years so that future medical school students – like you – can benefit.

Drs. Rizal and Mediratta have read over 20,000 medical school secondary essays combined. 

Yes! Our medical school essay editing service does not include word limits and character limits. Our philosophy is that each medical school secondary application you submit for a particular school needs to be as strong as it can be. We are committed to helping you put your best foot forward towards each medical school, and we don’t want to limit your chances based on word or character count.

For the 2019-2020 application cycle, Duke Medical School had 7 500-word essays plus 3 additional optional essays. We will not count that as multiple secondaries. Many other schools have more than 4 essay prompts, and we want to make sure all your medical school essays complement each other.

Finally, another reason we stick to our no limit philosophy is that we want to encourage students to apply to special programs. For instance, many students will apply to University of California PRIME (PRograms In Medical Education) programs because they have a particular interest in global health, public health, and underserved communities. Therefore, our medical school secondary essay editing review includes optional essays and unique program essays.

We strategize your medical school application from big picture all the way down to the details.

Overall strategy: When we first start working with you on medical school secondary essays, we study your application. We will ask you for your personal statement and AMCAS/AACOMAS work and activities. Why is this important? Because we want each school’s medical school secondary application to complement your primary application.

Some questions we think about: What are your interests? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your unique activities? How can we tell a story about your life experiences to convey your personal attributes?

Complementary essays: With each individual essay we read, we take a step back and think, “What does this tell us about you as an applicant?” We make sure all your essays give a different perspective of you. We love working with students to highlight their unique qualities, from quirky hobbies to academic strengths to leadership excellence.

Tailored to each school: We understand the medical school’s culture and unique attributes, such as research and interdisciplinary opportunities. We will make sure each of your med school secondaries is tailored to the specific school.

We look at your application from a big picture point-of-view all the way down to the tiny details. Our edits are extremely thorough.

With each edit, you will receive the following:

  • General feedback for each medical school secondary application
  • Individual essay feedback for each essay
  • Sentence structure and wording
  • Transitions between sentences and paragraphs
  • Diction, syntax, and pacing
  • Spelling and grammar

Our goal is to give you thorough feedback for each medical school secondary application in 1 day.  Going through the medical school application process ourselves, we understand the necessity for quick turnaround times. We want to stress that we never compromise quality over efficiency.  Our edits will be extremely thorough and you will receive edits for each essay prompt for each medical school application we edit.

When we are first learning more about you or for longer medical school secondary applications (4 or more essays), we may take up to 3 days. We re-read your secondary essays multiple times and do multiple rounds of comments. Again, we highly value quality edits. 

1 secondary essay edit = all the essays for one medical school’s secondary application.

These edits include:

  • Required essays for each medical school secondary application
  • Optional essays for each medical school secondary application
  • UC PRIME essays for each medical school secondary application
  • MD/PhD essays for each medical school secondary application

First, we will give you resources, including medical school secondary essay examples, to help put you in the right direction. Second, the most effective we’ve been able to help students with brainstorming their essays is through google docs and brainstorm word documents. We will help you in this manner too!

An important way to learn about “what makes a great med school secondary essay” is to read examples. With each package, we will give you an example of our Cracking Med School Admissions book, and you will receive medical school secondary essay examples. We will also provide you with several high-yield resources about medical school secondaries through our blog posts, unlimited emails with Dr. Rizal & Mediratta, and office hours. 

If you need help with a specific essay prompt within a school’s medical school secondary application, then we can help you brainstorm “what’s the best activity to write about” for that specific prompt. We’re experienced at showcasing people’s unique talents and strategizing the specific experiences that will put your best foot forward for each medical school. Remember, medical schools have different cultures, and so we will incorporate these insights into your medical school secondary application.

Additionally, Dr. Rizal will have live virtual office hour chats during secondary essay writing season where you can ask her questions about your application and medical schools.

We have an extremely strong track record of medical school acceptances.

In the 2019-2020 cycle alone (last cycle), students who worked with us received acceptances to these medical schools:

  • Harvard
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Johns Hopkins, Columbia
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Vanderbilt
  • Yale
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Duke
  • Washington University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Case Western
  • Mount Sinai
  • University of Southern California
  • Loma Linda
  • Sidney Kimmel – Thomas Jefferson University
  • Wright State
  • Temple
  • Tufts
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Florida
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Alabama
  • University of South Alabama
  • Louisiana State University
  • Wake Forest
  • Virginia Tech
  • United States Uniformed Health Services
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Colorado
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Michigan State
  • Rush
  • Wayne State
  • Nova
  • University of Minnesota
  • Cal Med

DO Schools: Western, Lincoln Memorial, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Alabama College, Burrell College, VCOM-Virginia

Keep in mind that we help students coming from varying pre-medical journeys. Our youngest advisee was 18-years-old when she applied to medical school and our oldest applicant was in his 40’s. We’ve coached postbacc students, non-traditional students, college juniors going directly to medical school, nationally and internationally-ranked athletes.

Yes! We would love to talk to you. Please fill out the contact form below or email info@crackingmedadmissions.com. It would be most helpful if you tell us a bit about your background, which packages you are interested in, and what medical schools you have questions about.

meet Your Advisors

We Personally Advise Every Student We Work With

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate
Princeton University

Medical School
Stanford School of Medicine

Residency
Harvard, Emergency Medicine

Awards & Scholarships
Fulbright Scholar
USA Today Academic First Team
Tylenol Scholarship

Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate
Johns Hopkins University

Medical School
Stanford School of Medicine

Residency
Stanford, Pediatrics

Awards & Scholarships
Marshall Scholar
Tylenol Scholarship
Global Health Scholar

Here are some schools our students were accepted to the last 2 years!

Real Student Testimonials

Medical School Secondary Essay Editing Service

1 School

$ 399
  • Edits for 1 secondary essay
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal

5 schools

$ 1895
  • Edits for 5 secondary essays
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal

10 schools

$ 3399
  • Edits for 10 secondary essays
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal

20 schools

$ 4999
  • Edits for 20 secondary essays
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal
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Medical School Secondary Essay Editing + Interview Prep

5 schools +
2 mock interviews

$ 2395
  • Edits for 5 secondary essays
  • 2 mock interviews: choose MMI or traditional format
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal

10 schools +
2 mock interviews

$ 3899
  • Edits for 10 secondary essays
  • 2 mock interviews: choose MMI or traditional format
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal

20 schools +
2 mock interviews

$ 5499
  • Edits for 20 secondary essays
  • 2 mock interviews: choose MMI or traditional format
  • 1-3 day turnaround
  • NO character or word limit per secondary application
  • Up to 3 edits per school's secondary application essays
  • Stanford & Harvard-trained physicians
  • Big picture feedback
  • Essay-by-essay feedback
  • Line-by-line editing
  • Grammar and wording corrections
  • Brainstorming
  • Cracking Med School Admissions book
  • Unlimited email contact with Dr. Rishi Mediratta & Dr. Rachel Rizal
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how it works

Gain A Competitive Edge

All our advising is personalized for you.

We capitalize on your unique background and interests so you stand out from other medical school applicants. 

We have deep expertise with the medical school admissions process.   

Time is valuable, especially during crunch time. We aim for a quick turnaround, to get your edits back within 24-48 hours.

We only strive for excellence. You will work with Harvard and Stanford-trained physicians. Your success is our success.  

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