I was very honored to be part of this project at such an early stage of my career. During the study, we discovered that children face death in extremely different ways than adults do. We concluded our study by asking whether and to what extent this discovery should impact the type of care given to children in contrast to adults. I am eager to continue this sort of research as I pursue my medical career.
The intersection of medicine, psychology, and socialization or culture in this case, the social variables differentiating adults from children is quite fascinating and is a field that is in need of better research. Although much headway has been made in this area in the past twenty or so years, I feel there is a still a tendency in medicine to treat diseases the same way no matter who the patient is.
We are slowly learning that procedures and drugs are not always universally effective. Not only must we alter our care of patients depending upon these cultural and social factors, we may also need to alter our entire emotional and psychological approach to them as well.
This is the type of extraordinary care that I received as a child—care that seemed to approach my injuries with a much larger and deeper picture than that which pure medicine cannot offer—and it is this sort of care I want to provide my future patients. I turned what might have been a debilitating event in my life—a devastating car accident—into the inspiration that has shaped my life since.
I am driven and passionate. And while I know that the pediatric surgery program at Johns Hopkins will likely be the second biggest challenge I will face in my life, I know that I am up for it. AMCAS essays are limited to characters—not words! This includes spaces. Make sure the information you include in your essay doesn't conflict with the information in your other application materials.
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You must say something at the very beginning to catch their attention, encourage them to read the essay in detail, and make yourself stand out from the crowd. Character traits to portray in your essay include: maturity, intellect, critical thinking skills, leadership, tolerance, perseverance, and sincerity.
If you had told me ten years ago that I would be writing this essay and planning for yet another ten years into the future, part of me would have been surprised. I am a planner and a maker of to-do lists, and it has always been my plan to follow in the steps of my father and become a physician. This plan was derailed when I was called to active duty to serve in Iraq as part of the War on Terror.
I joined the National Guard before graduating high school and continued my service when I began college. My goal was to receive training that would be valuable for my future medical career, as I was working in the field of emergency health care. It was also a way to help me pay for college. When I was called to active duty in Iraq for my first deployment, I was forced to withdraw from school, and my deployment was subsequently extended.
I spent a total of 24 months deployed overseas, where I provided in-the-field medical support to our combat troops. While the experience was invaluable not only in terms of my future medical career but also in terms of developing leadership and creative thinking skills, it put my undergraduate studies on hold for over two years.
Consequently, my carefully-planned journey towards medical school and a medical career was thrown off course. Eventually, I returned to school.
Despite my best efforts to graduate within two years, it took me another three years, as I suffered greatly from post-traumatic stress disorder following my time in Iraq. I considered abandoning my dream of becoming a physician altogether, since I was several years behind my peers with whom I had taken biology and chemistry classes before my deployment.
Thanks to the unceasing encouragement of my academic advisor, who even stayed in contact with me when I was overseas, I gathered my strength and courage and began studying for the MCAT. These students may be exempt, and if so, may not be disadvantaged in the evaluation process. We also recognize that test scores from bilingual students, or students outside of a United States high school system, may reflect a student's lack of familiarity and experience with this type of standardized test.
This is taken into account when applications are considered. We do not require any English proficiency tests, though we recommend them for non-native English speakers who feel their English proficiency test scores might represent their English ability better than their SAT or ACT scores do. Curriculum Considerations for International Applicants Prior to the anticipated date of enrollment at Duke, students should have completed an academic program that would enable them to enroll at a university in their home countries.
For example, students from British or British-based education systems should have completed their A-levels before enrollment, and students from the French or German education systems should complete the Baccalaureate or Abitur.
For most students, this means that they will begin the application process during their final year of study in a pre-university program. Visa Information To obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States, a foreign citizen must furnish his or her home country's U.
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These interviews will serve in lieu of alumni interviews. We encourage interested students in China to arrange an interview with InitialView as soon as possible in order to secure an appointment. You apply in the same way U.
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You do not need a social security number to use the Common Application or Coalition Application; that field can be left blank. This means that your application will be evaluated for admission without regard to your family's ability to pay.
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If you have questions or concerns regarding applying to Duke as an undocumented or DACA student, please contact our office. Homeschooled or Cyber-Schooled Students Duke University welcomes applications from students who are educated in nonconventional ways such as homeschooling and cyber-schooling.
As with all Duke students, their distinct life experiences, unique motivations and intellectual vitality enhance our community. Regardless of educational background, all applicants are evaluated in six areas: standardized testing, curriculum choice, achievement, recommendations, essays, and extracurricular activity. Below are some suggestions for homeschooled or cyber-schooled students to better elucidate their academics and involvement in our application process: Curriculum In general, students should take the best and most challenging courses available.
We recommend but do not require four years of English and at least three years of mathematics, natural science, foreign language, and social studies. For students applying to the Pratt School of Engineering, we require coursework in calculus and strongly recommend physics.
Most homeschooled students have followed varied curricula. We do not support or prefer any particular program. We understand that the choice of curriculum is best decided by each individual family. Transcripts In addition to the courses and grades, we are interested in knowing how and why the student and family chose homeschooling, the setting for homeschooling, and the philosophy behind the education provided.
We are also interested in the philosophy behind and the setting of the education provided. For courses that are taught at home, we would like an explanation of the grading scale or other methods of evaluation.
Students are also welcome to share their insights into their educational choice, especially their thoughts about the benefits they have gained and how the experience will allow them to contribute to the community at Duke. If the student has taken courses from a distance learning program, traditional secondary school, or any institution of higher education, we require official transcripts from these institutions. Applicants are not required to present a GED or proof of accreditation.
Letters of Recommendation Although your parent may complete your school report to provide context for your academic choices, we encourage students to provide two additional letters of recommendation from non-relatives and preferably from individuals who have worked with the student in an in-person academic setting. Employers, religious leaders, sports coaches or other adults can write these recommendations if all academic instruction takes place in the home.
Extracurricular Activities We encourage all applicants to become involved in their local community. Many times the line between curricular and extracurricular activities may be less distinct for homeschooled students so it is especially important to describe and document your involvements.
Interviews We encourage homeschooled students to submit their applications in time for us to arrange an alumni interview in the student's local area.
Transfer Students We welcome your interest in transferring to Duke. Most will enroll as sophomores, although the selection committee will also admit a small number of juniors. While transfer students are new to the Duke community, they bring with them the same characteristics of talent and engagement as the rest of their undergraduate peers. College work completed at a vocational, technical, performance, or professional program will not be considered.
Instead, we encourage you to contact Duke Continuing Studies for information on taking courses on a non-degree basis. If you have not recently attended high school or college, we strongly encourage you to do so prior to applying for transfer, either through Duke Continuing Studies or an accredited degree-granting institution in your local area. Veterans Duke offers military veterans a high level of support as they transition to our campus community.
We like ambition and curiosity, talent and persistence, energy and humanity. When we read an application and then discuss an application in our Admissions Committee, we consider both the academic and the personal qualities of each student. We think about what a student has accomplished within the context of the opportunities and challenges he or she has faced. And we seek those students who will bring a variety of experiences, backgrounds, interests and opinions to the campus.
We especially appreciate students who love thinking hard about things and who like to make a difference in the world. Transfer applicants are expected to have demonstrated a high level of academic talent, both at their current higher education institution and in high school.
The most successful applicants will have a minimum college GPA of 3. Required Materials and Deadlines Your application must be submitted electronically through either the Common Application or Coalition Application.
These forms should be either mailed or faxed to our office. You may begin to submit artistic materials on February All submissions are due by March Please click here for more detailed instructions. In order to earn a Duke degree, a transfer student must spend at least two years at Duke.
We seek a diverse student body and are committed to ensuring aided students can take full advantage of the Duke experience. To that end, Duke admits transfer applicants who are U. Unfortunately, need-based financial aid is not available for international transfer students. In addition, Duke does not offer merit-based scholarships to transfer students.
For additional information about accommodations and resources at Duke, we encourage you to contact the Student Disability Access Office at this email address. For most students, this means that they will begin the application process during their final year of study in a pre-university program. Turn potential weaknesses into positives. Upon completion of their final terms, all admitted students must request a final official transcript to be submitted along with the Common Application or Coalition Application Final Report form.
In addition, Duke does not offer merit-based scholarships to transfer students. This includes spaces. Standardized Testing Considerations for International Applicants All applicants for the first-year class, whether educated in the United States or abroad, are required to complete the full testing requirements. Despite my best efforts to graduate within two years, it took me another three years, as I suffered greatly from post-traumatic stress disorder following my time in Iraq. I can describe my new ten-year plan, but I will do so with both optimism and also caution, knowing that I will inevitably face unforeseen complications and will need to adapt appropriately. Extracurricular Activities We encourage all applicants to become involved in their local community.
Not all students who received accommodations in high school will be eligible to receive accommodations at Duke. Your online checklist may show these items as missing, but—since the information we need is already included in the materials your school submitted—that will not affect your candidacy. Please click here for more detailed instructions. Transfer Student Housing Duke believes that the residential experience is an important factor in the education process. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be writing this essay and planning for yet another ten years into the future, part of me would have been surprised. I considered abandoning my dream of becoming a physician altogether, since I was several years behind my peers with whom I had taken biology and chemistry classes before my deployment.
Visa services and advice on federal regulations concerning non-U. When I was called to active duty in Iraq for my first deployment, I was forced to withdraw from school, and my deployment was subsequently extended. Curriculum Considerations for International Applicants Prior to the anticipated date of enrollment at Duke, students should have completed an academic program that would enable them to enroll at a university in their home countries. While the problems inherent in our health care system are not one-dimensional and require a dynamic approach, one of the solutions as I see it is to think less in terms of state-of-the-art facilities and more in terms of access to primary care.