With all the work it takes to apply for
medical school, you want to make sure your application
shows you as a professional, attentive, and dedicated
student. The last thing you want is a typo making you
look bad. That's why it's so important to do more than
just spell-check your application. You need to carefully
proofread it for errors your computer's spell-check
Usage errors: Watch out for the correct use of
"who's" and "whose" or "your" and "you're."
Missing words: Make sure you don't inadvertently
skip an essential word in a sentence, such as, "I feel
I'm excellent candidate for your school."
Incorrect words: Make sure a typo doesn't put a
wrong word in your sentence, for example, "I've gone
though extensive studies." A spell-checker won't catch
the missing "r" in "through."
Homonyms: These are words that sound the same but
are spelled differently and mean different things, for
example, "their" and "there," or "write" and "right."
Compound words with incorrect spaces: For
example, a spell-checker won't catch the incorrect space
in "snow fall" and change it to the correct "snowfall."
Incorrect pronouns: Only a keen eye – not a
computer spell-checker – will catch an incorrect "he" or
"his" when it should read "she" or "hers."
Incorrect dates: Don't claim to have graduated
high school in 2070 instead of 2007.
Misspelled names: Be especially careful with
names, which are easy to misspell but difficult errors
Incorrect verb tenses: Don't come off as having
bad grammar by accidentally typing "has" instead of
Repetition: Make sure you didn't accidentally
type the same sentence twice or use the same word
repeatedly within just a few sentences.
Of course, always spell-check your work to avoid any
obvious misspellings. But also be sure to carefully
proofread your application and have someone else look at
it, too. A fresh set of eyes might catch mistakes you
missed after looking at your application over and over.
Your application is the first impression a medical
school will have of you. By making sure it's free from
careless mistakes, you'll show that you're a thorough,
detail-oriented, and dedicated applicant.