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How To Write A Cover Letter For Medical School

TO: Marshall Sallinger Medical School

RE: Application for Admission into Marshall Sallinger Medical School

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to submit my application for placement in your medical school. Ever since middle school, biology and health studies have been my passion, and my high school records speak volumes about my achievements in these classes. My passion for medicine, along with a family tragedy when I lost my younger sister to leukemia, have both affected my choice of a future profession. I have no doubt that being an oncologist is my calling. While at college, I have had a wonderful opportunity to observe the work of top specialists working at the Marshall Sallinger Cancer Centre, and I believe what your graduates do, in cooperation with the Marshall Sallinger Cancer Foundation, is exceptional. It only stands to reason that my biggest dream, and life goal, is to become a part of your alumni team—to be able to be on the frontier and save people’s lives in their battle with cancer.

My academic achievements up to this day stem both from the interest I have in the medical sphere, as well as from my personal devotion to becoming an oncologist. On a personal level, I can describe myself as being a resilient worker, who never tires, always focused on achieving my goal despite the odds. Apart from my professional interests, I have also continuously volunteered at the Lake Placid Community Centre, where I work with families who are living with ADD, ADHD, Asperser’s, and Autism. I have nurtured my plans of helping people overcome health-related life difficulties, both as a profession and as a hobby throughout my life.

Due to the inherent limitations of an application letter, I would more than welcome an opportunity to personally discuss my qualifications and suitability as an applicant in a personal interview. I would also be happy to answer any questions in respect to this letter of application, as well as the resume I have attached to this email.

Many thanks for your time and kind consideration.


Jennifer M. Davro

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554 Essen Ln.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

December 1, 1999

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Associate Member and Director
Professional Oncology Education Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
332 North Lauderdale, Room C-1113A
Memphis, TN 38105-2794

Dear Ms. Gronemeyer:

I am writing you in order to attain an internship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Professional Oncology Education Program, at the suggestion of Spencer Hebert.  My interest in research and the medical field prompted my desire to attain this position.

Currently, I am attending Louisiana State University and will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in human movement in May of 2001.  My GPA is 3.8 in my major on a 4.0 scale.

Before attending college, I volunteered at St. Charles Nursing Home helping the elderly in eating, playing games, and talking to them  At Thanksgiving, I was cooking dinners for the homeless in St. Charles Parish.  At my high school I volunteer at the front desk doing daily check-in and check-out procedures and tracking attendance for 1,500 students. In marching band I was a section leader for a clarinet section consisting of 70 people.  I also was a Fellowship of Christian Athlete huddle leader.  While attending college, I have volunteered at various Physical Therapy clinics working and observing children with Cerebral Palsy.  In addition, I was doing laundry, organizing and copying files, and communicating with patients with various injures.  I also have done research in a laboratory for 4 different classes.  I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority where I hold the office of Service Chair.  At Louisiana State University I am maintaining a high GPA in my major through my time management skills. I feel through my volunteer and lab experience that I will be a great asset to your program.  I would like to gain the necessary experience to be able to sell myself to prospective employers upon my graduation from graduate school.  This whole paragraph just sounds like a stream of consciousness list of everything you can think of.  Go back and revise this, and do more to show how these things match the job  requirements.

I would like to schedule an interview with you at your earliest convenience.  Please contact me at (225) 555-0329 or e-mail me at


Karen Black

 Karen Black
554 Essen Ln.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
(225) 555-0329

Career Objective:
An internship with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Professional Oncology Education Program.

� Louisiana State University:  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology , concentration in human movement, May 2001
� GPA in major 3.8/4.0
� Relevant courses:
          Biology for Science Majors/Lab                  Basic Chemistry/Lab
          Introductory Zoology /Lab                          General Physics/Lab
          Human Physiology                                        Elementary Latin
          Anatomy                                                         Public Speaking

CPR certification 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Volunteer Experience:
    June 1999  to present
    Baton Rouge Physical Therapy
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      --did laundry, organized and copied files, communicated with patients

     January 1999 to June 1999
      Children Development Center
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      Worked with children with Cerebral Palsy

    August 1996 to May 1997
      Hahnville High School
      Paradis, Louisiana
      Recorded attendance for 1,500 students

Honors and Activities:
� Zeta Tau Alpha sorority Service Chair
    -Helped host Race for the Cure (5K run/walk)
� Received the TOPS (Tuition Opportunity Program) Scholarship
� Fellowship Christian Athlete huddle leader
� Marching band clarinet section leader (responsible for 70 people)