Application Updates & Letters of Continued Interest
The most common communication with medical schools after applications are submitted, updates are a way to share significant changes in their professional life, or related to the health care field. Updates can be sent throughout the year, but must be given careful thought, and only done with genuine new information.
Some examples of what to include in an update:
- Published paper
- Job Change
- New Clinical Experience
- A new volunteer experience (related to healthcare or public health)
Letter of Intent
A Letter of Intent is often sent after you have interviewed with a school to inform that school that they are your top choice, and if offered a seat in the class you will accept (and withdraw your applications from other schools). Be sure to let them know what about their school interests you. A letter of intent should only be sent to one top-choice school after an interview, or when placed on a waitlist.
Letter of Continued Interest
Later in the cycle, some applicants choose to provide a letter of continued interest, or LOCI. This often occurs when you have not heard from the school about an interview, but also have not been denied. It would help to provide new information in the letter, but can also focus on your profound interest in their school, and why.