As a medical school admissions consultant, I often am asked by applicants how and when to communicate with medical schools. Medical school applicants should keep schools informed throughout the application process, as events unfold and preferences evolve. If new information develops since submitting the secondary application, applicants should inform the schools through an update letter. In addition, if applicants have been through the interview process and have a clear first choice they may write a letter of intent.
Letters of Interest
But what is a letter of interest? By default, if you’ve applied to a particular school you have an interest in enrolling. But sometimes it is worth conveying your interest as the process unfolds. You will gather more information about schools you genuinely like based on your interview experiences.
A letter of interest should come close in content to a letter of intent but stop short of expressing that you would enroll if admitted. The purpose of the letter is to convey to the school that it is high on your list and that you would be thrilled to enroll. Continue reading