Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts (Updated for 2018-2019 Cycle)

A complete list of med school secondary prompts to help you get ahead and stay organized during your admissions process

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(Note: We recommend using this resource alongside our free, 66-page comprehensive guide to medical school applications, Get Into Medical School: 6 Practical Lessons to Stand Out and Earn Your White Coat.)

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Alabama

University of Alabama School of Medicine

Non-Alabama Resident with Ties to Alabama: Describe any ties or meaningful experiences you have had related to the state of Alabama or UAB Medical Center (1500 char)

All Applicants: if the area you spent most of your life before college differs from where you currently consider your permanent address, please explain (1500 char)

Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 char)

Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application: (750 char)

Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class: (750 char)

University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Out-of-State Applicants 

Although our primary obligation is to residents of the State of Alabama, we do consider competitive, out-of-state applicants with strong ties to the State of Alabama. 

Please write a brief essay explaining your ties to the State of Alabama. 

Optional Essay – 500 words maximum

The learning community at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine benefits from the inclusion of students with broad life experiences, as well as students from diverse backgrounds. The Admissions Committee encourages you to share life experiences that you may have had and/or important factors in your background that illustrate your readiness for practicing medicine in a multicultural society.

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Arizona

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

I previously applied to any medical school (select yes if you submitted a primary or secondary application). Yes/No (If yes, how are you a stronger applicant this cycle? Optional 0/1000)

What is the most important quality you seek in a medical school, and how does the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix embody that for you? 0/1000

What achievement are you most proud of? What aspect of this achievement will you bring to our medical school?0/1000

The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix practices Inclusive Excellence, which celebrates the differences, talents, and unique qualities of all individuals. Describe a circumstance where you sought to learn about a culture, group, or idea different than your own and how that impacted you. 0/1000

Please reflect on your entire application, is there anything you would like to further explain to the Admissions Committee? Do not repeat any information already mentioned in the national or secondary applications. Optional 0/1000

Please reference the Work/Activities section. If any of the competencies were unmatched, please provide an explanation below. Optional

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Please share a meaningful experience you have had working or volunteering in the health professional field or a time in your past in which you were responsible for the care and well-being of someone else. What did you learn from this as it relates to becoming a physician? (Limit: 350 words) 

Discuss a time in your life in which you have failed at something other than an academic experience. How did you confront the failure and what did you learn from it? Please describe how you typically approach challenges that you face in your life. (Limit: 350 words) 

“The mission of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Office of Admissions is to select a diverse cohort of students who will become the future leaders in advancing health care to the distinct communities that comprise Arizona and the United States. Consistent with the mission of The University of Arizona College of Medicine, selection of individuals with a demonstrated commitment to serve as care providers, physician scientists, clinical leaders, medical educators and/or public health experts, including advocates for rural and urban underserved populations, is highly valued. Applicants seeking admission should exhibit qualities of altruism, academic excellence, leadership and dedication to becoming lifelong learners through research endeavors and academic development.” Please describe the role(s) you can play in helping the College of Medicine to achieve its mission. (Limit: 350 words) 

Describe the effect that your experiences with engaging diversity have had on your own growth and development. Provide an example and describe how it will impact your career in the medical profession. (Limit: 350 words)

Re-applicant essay (Limit: 350 words)

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Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

LETTER OF STRONG TIES
Non-Arkansas residents who have strong ties to Arkansas are given preference over non-residents without strong ties to the state. Therefore, if you have strong ties to Arkansas (you have lived in Arkansas, you have a parent or close relative who resides in Arkansas, you attend(ed) an Arkansas college, etc.), you must describe your ties to Arkansas in a letter to be uploaded using the Upload Documents section of this application.

MD/PhD COMBINED DEGREE APPLICANTS
The College of Medicine offers a combined MD/PhD degree program. Applicants who selected the MD/PhD program in the AMCAS application must complete the two additional AMCAS application essays.

MD/PhD Program | College of Medicine
Complete the MD/PhD program application form on the website and use the Upload Documents section to include this document with your application.

MD/MPH COMBINED DEGREE APPLICANTS
The UAMS College of Medicine offers a combined MD/MPH degree program.

MD/MPH Program | College of Medicine
To apply to this program, please fill out the “Intent to Pursue Combined Degree Form” and use the Upload Documents section to include the document with your application.

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California

California Northstate University College of Medicine

Why have you chosen to apply to CNUCOM? (250 words maximum - Required)

In the medical profession, you will be exposed to students, faculty, colleagues, and patients of various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. How has your involvement with diverse populations prepared you for potentially four years in Elk Grove, the greater Sacramento area, and the rest of the Central Valley? (250 words maximum- Required)

What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing medicine? What have you learned as a result? (250 words maximum- Required)

In which direction would you like to see healthcare progress over the next decade? (250 words maximum- Required)

If your education has not been continuous since high school, please explain why. Examples of discontinuities include time taken off while obtaining your undergraduate degree, in addition to gap years. (250 words maximum- Optional)

If you have previously applied to medical school, what have you accomplished since that time that would warrant your admission now? (250 words maximum- Optional)

Is there anything you would like the Admissions Committee to know that is not reflected elsewhere in your application? (250 words maximum- Recommended)

Drew/UCLA Joint Medical Program Drew University of Medicine and Science

Have you experienced any uneven performance in grades and academic achievement? If so, please explain. (800 characters)

If you are currently not a full time student, please list and describe your current activities. (800 characters)

Describe the role you play in your immediate family. (800 characters)

Describe your community and socioeconomic environment. (800 characters)

List the most significant community, public service, and leadership activities you have been involved in over the last six years. (800 characters)

Describe how your experience, your community, and family background impact your understanding of the underserved communities. (800 characters)

Other than healthcare access, what are some of the most important health care issues confronting underserved communities? How would you address them? (800 characters)

Please describe how your experiences and personal attributes contribute to the mission of Charles R Drew University. (800 characters)

Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic or parking violation? If the answer is yes, please explain. (800 characters)

Please provide any additional information which will give the Admissions Committee greater insight into you as an applicant. (800 characters)

How did you hear about our program? (800 characters)

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Describe the extent and source of your knowledge of Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM). (750 chars)

What makes LLUSM particularly attractive to you? (750 chars)

What qualities make you a desirable candidate for admission to LLUSM? (750 chars)

Discuss how your spiritual experience has influenced your life and how you integrate it into your daily life. (750 chars)

What experiences in your life would illustrate your perspective on service to others? (750 chars)

As a Christian educational institution the medical curriculum integrates spiritual, ethical, and relational issues from a Christian perspective into the practice of medicine. Weekly chapel services and religion courses are part of this program. Please respond to the above as it relates to your personal educational and career goals. (750 chars)

Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution that has lifestyle expectations that include abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs/substances in all forms. In the past year, have you used any of these substances? If so, which one(s)? (250 chars)

If accepted to LLUSM, are you willing to abide by the lifestyle policies of Loma Linda University School of Medicine? (250 chars)

Stanford University School of Medicine

The Committee on Admissions regards the diversity (broadly defined) of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and life or work experiences. Please discuss how factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine (2000 characters)

What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Choose the single answer that best describes your career goals and clinical practice setting:

Academic Medicine (Clinical)

Academic Medicine (Physician Scientist)

Non-Academic Clinical Practice

Health Policy

Health Administration

Primary Care

Public Health/Community Health

Global Health

Why do you feel you are particularly suited for this practice scenario? What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career path? (1000 characters)

How will Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (1000 characters)

Please include anything else that will help us understand better how you may uniquely contribute to Stanford Medicine? (1000 characters- Optional)

University of California – Davis School of Medicine

Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee.

Do you have a connection to Northern or Central California? (Yes or No) If you answered ‘yes’ to having a connection to Northern or Central California, please explain below. If you answered ‘no’ type ‘not applicable’.

Experiences Section

At UC Davis School of Medicine we realize that each applicant brings diversity and perspective from a broad range of experiences. In this section we give you the opportunity to describe in detail the 3 extracurricular activities or experiences that have been most influential in leading you to a career in medicine. We realize that many applicants have identified key experiences in the main application. However, some do not and others identify less than 3. We apologize for any redundancy – feel free to reproduce the comments from your Primary application and expand on them as appropriate.

University of California – Irvine School of Medicine

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of and why? (1500 char)

Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience. (1500 char)

Do you have a baccalaureate degree? (Y/N)

This essay is only for applicants that have already received their baccalaureate degree. Please clarify for the Admissions Committee your activities (school, work, and/or volunteer, travel, etc.) since receiving your undergraduate degree. You may list them in chronological order or you may incorporate them into an essay, stating why you chose particular activities. (1500 char)

PRIME-LC program essays:

Do you wish to be considered for the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community? (Y/N)

Please describe how you have served your community (school, neighborhood, city, etc.) and how these experiences have prepared you for PRIME-LC. (1500 char)

Please describe the reason for your interest to be trained as a physician leader for the Latino community. In addition, explain how you intend to utilize the PRIME-LC specialized training to impact community health and health services for the Latino community. (1500 char)

University of California –Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life. (800 char)

What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 char)

What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 char)

Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (300 char to explain if yes)

What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (300 char)

What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. (300 char)

Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (500 char)

Section to enter major work experiences, with 4000 char. to explain each experience.

Is there any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? If yes: Please explain. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors: (500 char)

Where do you see yourself post-graduate education? What experiences have led you to this goal? (500 char)

University of California – Riverside School of Medicine

Describe the single MOST important event or non-academic activity in your life and explain why it’s significant.

What activity or accomplishment are you MOST proud of?

What experiences or activities have prepared you to work with medically underserved communities?

Please list any Scholastic Activities that you have been involved with (including honors and awards)

Describe a major problem you have had to deal with at some time in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth.

Is there any specific hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application? Please briefly explain below. (Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors.)

What kind of health care setting do you envision yourself working in?

How do you see yourself contributing to the mission of the UCR School of Medicine?

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Your personal statement from the AMCAS application will be used in our admissions process. You do not need to duplicate it here. At your option, you may use this space to provide any further information you may want us to consider in addition to the AMCAS personal statement. THIS IS NOT MANDATORY.

If you click Yes for disadvantaged student -> Describe the manner in which your experiences demonstrate your understanding of, and commitment to, underserved communities . Please limit your response to 250 words

University of California – San Diego School of Medicine 

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

This should be a true autobiographical statement. Topics to be included are family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, undergraduate years, and, if applicable, what you’ve done since completing your bachelor’s degree. You should also discuss the motivational factors which led you to a career in medicine including any disadvantages or obstacles which might put your accomplishments into context. A repeat of your AMCAS statement will not be acceptable. Please note: if you are applying to the MD/PhD program, please include why you are specifically interested in seeking MD/PhD training at UCSD.

Please describe your interest in the PRIME-HEq program. Topics to include are longitudinal experiences that you’ve had with underserved communities, including the type of community that you’ve worked with and your level of involvement. Additionally, you should discuss the length of time that you’ve spent working in these communities. (OPTIONAL)

Global Health Academic Concentration: Please describe your interest in Global Health. The term Global Health can have many meanings; for our purposes, we find the definition provided by Koplan et. al. in their 2009 Lancet publication useful: “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide”. In your essay, be sure to describe any personal or professional experiences that have shaped your interests, and how Global Health issues have influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine. (OPTIONAL)

Please describe your interest in the MAS-Clinical Research program. Topics to include are your previous experience with clinical and/or translational research, your role within the research group, and what you envision for a career that includes clinical and/or translational research. A letter of recommendation from the individual supervising your previous experience is helpful but not required. (OPTIONAL)

University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine

If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (Word Count 500)

If you are 2018 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (Word Count 400)

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Short answer questions: The following questions allow the Admissions Committee to become acquainted with you as an individual. Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

What is the most fun you’ve had lately?

If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be?

If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations?

Describe a situation in which you didn’t get something you felt you deserved.

Essay question:

If you had the power to change anything, what would it be? (150 words or less)

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Colorado

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Required Colorado Essay- Please answer both parts in this single essay. Limit the essay to 1500 characters, including spaces (approximately 300 words).

The School of Medicine regards the diversity of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. Please write about things in your background that have been important to your development or that have been challenging to you on your path to a career in medicine. These could include your socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and work or life experiences. Explain how these have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine.

Please write about the “fit” between your experiences and goals and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. If you are a reapplicant, please include information on how your application has changed.

If you are a re-applicant, please explain how you and your application has changed since your previous submission. Limit this response to 1500 Characters.

Urban Track (only if you select this optional track):Please answer each of the questions below separately. This statement should not exceed 4500 characters, including spaces (approximately 750 words). Do not repeat the content from your AMCAS or Colorado Secondary Application essays.

Describe the type of urban community health project that would be of greatest interest to you. Try to be as specific as possible regarding a particular culture or population of patients you are interested in and a topic you would like to study.

Reasons for your interest in the CU-UNITE Urban Underserved track.

If you have had a prior experience in an urban underserved community either volunteer, work-related, and/or personal, describe how this has impacted your decision to apply to this track.

Describe how you plan to incorporate urban underserved health care into your career following completion of your schooling.

You are a student spending your first summer working in an urban-underserved, uninsured community in Denver. You are on a field visit and notice a car that appears to be abandoned, but then on closer observation you notice that there are small children asleep in the back seat wearing dirty clothes with left over fast food on the floor boards. You notice a strong odor of urine and feces coming from the car. A woman is sitting under a tree nearby and is also poorly dressed and unkempt and appears to be in her last trimester of pregnancy. She has visible lesions on her legs and arms. Identify the needs that you see in this family from the perspective of a student working with urban underserved uninsured populations. Please describe how you would attempt to address the needs of this family both in context of their potential health issues and social situation.

Rural Track (only if you select this optional track). Please limit your rural track essay to 1500 characters or less (about 300 words):

Describe your experience in and commitment to rural Colorado and your vision of working as a primary care physician in rural Colorado.

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Connecticut

Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

All applicants must complete questions 1 and 2. From the remaining five questions, select three additional questions and respond. Your responses to each questions cannot exceed 150 words. Type directly in the field or prepare your response with a word processing program and cut and paste it into fields.

Both questions 1 and 2 are required of all applicants.

What area of medicine do you envision yourself working in at the end of your training? What is shaping your vision? 

Please tell us something about yourself that is not captured in your application. 

Please answer only three of the questions below.

Discuss a personal role model (someone you know; not a historical or public figure). What attributes does this person possess that you admire and strive to emulate? 

Which extracurricular activity is most important to you and why? 

What non-academic advice would you give to your younger self? 

Detail something about yourself (quality or non-academic accomplishment) that makes you extremely proud. 

Describe your most humbling non-academic experience, and how that experience will affect your interactions with your peers and patients.

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Please limit your responses to 1800 characters, including spaces, for each essay question.

Highlight your experiences in the healthcare field. What insights have you gained about potential problems you will face as a physician?

How will the University of Connecticut School of Medicine best serve your needs of becoming a physician or physician scientist?

Yale School of Medicine

Please submit answers to the following questions. Please limit your responses to approximately 500 words each.

Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (Required)

MD applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions. MD/PhD applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.

While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine.

Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine.

This section is optional. It should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application. Please limit your response to 500 words.

Write a statement (approximately 500 words) concerning:

Your reasons for wishing to undertake the combined MD/PhD program, rather than the MD program alone.

The specific PhD program that you propose to follow at Yale.

The strengths of that Yale graduate program and its faculty as they relate to your career goals.

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District of Columbia

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Please provide the Admissions Committee with a brief summary of your activities, academics, employment or other occupations to account for full-time activity (approx. 30-40 hours/week) for the 2018-2019 application cycle, or from the point of application through matriculation in 2019. (750 characters)

What is your most meaningful community service experience to date? (350 characters)

What is your most meaningful clinical experience to date, involving direct patient contact? (350 characters)

What makes you a unique individual? What challenges have you faced? How will these factors help you contribute to the diversity of the student body at GW? (1000 characters)

What is your specific interest in the MD Program at GW? What opportunities would you take advantage of as a student here? Why? (2000 characters)

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Secondary:

Why have you chosen to apply to the Georgetown University School of Medicine and how do you think your education at Georgetown will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion)

Other Questions:

The Georgetown University School of Medicine strives to ensure that its students become respectful physicians who embrace all dimensions of caring for the whole person. Please describe how your personal characteristics or life experiences will contribute to the Georgetown University School of Medicine community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1000 characters)

Is there any further information that you would like the Committee on Admissions to be aware of when reviewing your file that you were not able to notate in another section of this or the AMCAS Application? (1000 characters)

Howard University College of Medicine

Have you lived (for three years or more) in communities which are medically underserved, or where the majority of the population is economically and/or educationally disadvantaged? Please explain/describe briefly: (250 words or less)

After residency, do you plan to practice medicine in an underserved or disadvantaged community? Please explain/describe briefly: (250 words or less)

Have you worked (volunteer or paid employment) with medically underserved, economically disadvantaged and/or educationally disadvantaged populations? Please explain/describe briefly: (250 words or less)

Please provide below any additional information you believe is important in evaluating your application (e.g. additional coursework, problems with academic record; disadvantaged, etc.) (no character limit)

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Florida

Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

The college’s mission is to advance the health and well-being of our community by training future generations of humanistic clinicians and scientists and translating discovery to patient-centered care. Therefore, as a community-based medical school, community service is important to the College. What community service activity was your most meaningful and do you currently continue to give your time to the activity? (Character limit 1600 - including spaces)

Our College believes in working collaboratively. Thus being able to work in a team is vital to the success of an FAU Medical Student, yet being able to lead is equally important. Give an example of when you were part of a team and had a leadership role. How did you influence your team members to carry out their tasks within the group? How did you perform in your role within the team? What did you learn from having to lead a team? Did any problems arise? How did you overcome them? What did you learn about being a part of a team, while also holding a leadership position? (Character limit 1600- including spaces)

The FAU College of Medicine Admissions Committee is interested in learning more about you as a person. Please describe a noteworthy personal challenge you have faced, one which you feel has helped to shape you as a person. Examples may include a moral and/or ethical dilemma, a situation of personal adversity, or a hurdle in your life that you worked hard to overcome. Please include how you got through the experience and what you learned about yourself as a result. (Character limit 1600 - including spaces)

Diversity is an array of things. What unique qualities and/or traits will you bring to our College? What distinctive attributes would you bring to the practice of medicine? What values, skills, talents, and life experiences – and how you would add to the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine? (Character limit 1600 - including spaces)

Have you held any type of paid employment? If so, please tell us about your most meaningful employment experience. What traits do you feel you learned while with that employer? (If you have not held paid employment, please write none)

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Given the unique mission of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, how do you know we will be a mission fit for you? (1200 characters)

Your patient has a rare disease and would be a great candidate for an experimental new treatment. You are the principal investigator for the research project and you and your Chair would like to pursue this experiment with the patient. The parents of your patient are adamant against the treatment. How would you handle this situation? (1200 characters)

Explain in detail an experience in which you collaborated, worked or were exposed to diverse backgrounds different from your own. Please describe the impact the experience had on you. (1200 characters)

Describe how you have dealt with a personal or academic challenge. Focus on what you learned about yourself and how it will help you during the challenges you might face in medical school. (1200 characters)

Florida State University College of Medicine

Please limit your answers to 500 words per question.

Travel: Indicate your significant travel experiences and include the circumstances.

Fun And Diversion: Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.)

Miscellaneous: Identify any other traits, habits, experiences, interests, etc., that a professor or advisor would not normally learn about you.

Parents: For both mother and father, give the following:

Where they were raised

4-5 traits that would describe him/her to a stranger

Traits you get from him/her

Your rapport with him/her

His/her hobbies or interests

Siblings: Give names, ages and a few brief comments about your brothers and sisters.

Practice Vision: In what field of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now?

Please enter your ACT and SAT scores if you have taken these tests.

Write a critical analysis of your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine and the realization of your professional ambitions.

University of Central Florida College of Medicine

In this space, describe your anticipated coursework for the academic year. (2000 char)

Do you have any information that you would like to share with the UCF COM Medical Student Admissions Committee that has not already been addressed in your AMCAS application? You may also use this section to include information about your family, hobbies, and travels, personal interests, interests in the UCF COM, or relationship to Florida, that have not already been discussed in your AMCAS application. (2000 char)

Please provide a short essay to help us understand who you are. This essay should be different from your AMCAS Personal Statement. UCF COM places great value on the broad diversity of our students within the classroom. We believe the diverse characteristics of each individual in the class are important factors in serving the educational missions of this school and of our community. Please discuss any unique, personally important and/or challenging experiences in your background that have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine and service to others. These may include experiences such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, cultural background, or other significant events or circumstances that you feel have shaped your character and defined you as an individual. We are also interested on your thoughts about what you can contribute to your class and the medical profession in general. (2000 char)

University of Florida College of Medicine

If you are not a full-time student during this application cycle, in particular at any time between September 2018 and May 2019, please detail your current and planned activities below (250-500 words)

The medical profession is frequently described as being both a science and an art. One could summarize this by saying that patients must “be well cared for” (science) but they must also “feel well cared for” (art). Indeed, the late physician, writer and ethicist, Dr. Edmund Pelegrino affirms both the science and art of medicine. But when discussing the nature of the physician/patient relationship he says the following, “The act specific to medicine, that which makes it medicine and thereby distinguishes it from both science and art, is the decision about what is right and good for a particular patient now, with this set of needs, arising out of this particular illness…It is the practical decision, taken in the best interest of a particular person, not in the interest of new knowledge, of society or of the physician.” We work to teach our students not only the scientific principles of medicine, but also the core values of medicine, often called “professionalism”. Toward this end we keep patients at the center of our education and often reflect on their stories with our students. 

The exciting advances in our understanding of the biological basis for disease have led to the emergence of a host of targeted therapies and amazing technologies improving the duration and quality of our patients’ lives. The better a physician knows his/her patient, the better decisions they will make together as they approach important healthcare related questions. This so-called shared decision-making model is one key feature of patient centered care. Practicing the art of medicine in this way yields a physician patient relationship (PPR) that is both therapeutic and mutually enriching. However, many of these same technologies have the unintended consequence of separating us from our patients, both literally and figuratively. In addition, the industrialization of medicine and use of electronic health records have led to a decrease in the time physicians spend with their patients further eroding the strength of the PPR. At the UFCOM, we have numerous strategies to equip our students to preserve their own humanity and that of their patients. As students make connections with and get to know their patients, they begin to experience the joy in medical practice. They also have the chance to consider ways that the forces mentioned above can rob a physician of that joy. As they share their stories, they encourage one another to make deliberate choices to preserve what we might call the heart or soul of the profession. Read these reflections from two third year students, one about a memorable encounter with a patient and the patient’s daughter and the second a very moving poem where a student explores the importance of taking time to be quiet and alone despite the busyness of our lives. She also considers the potentially dark consequences of neglecting this important practice. After reading and reflecting upon them, write an essay about what you will do to “never lose the human side of yourself,” treat your future patients as you would a family member, and thereby preserve the soul of medicine. Current Word Count: (250-500 words)

Many hours in medical school are appropriately spent pursuing knowledge and skills needed to practice medicine. Medical students must master an enormous amount of information, synthesize it into a workable understanding of the human body, and then discern the best way to translate such knowledge into decisions with individual patients. However, governing this process are larger philosophical questions such as, “What does it mean to be human?” In his 1748 work, “Man as Machine”, French physician and philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie argues that humans are nothing more than complex animals. In contrast, many others would suggest there are psychological, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions to being human that are no less important than the biological, and perhaps even more important. Whatever our answers to these questions, those answers will have an impact on what we think it means to be a healthy human. 

Below are two brief quotations, one from the Greek philosopher Plato and the other from Sir William Osler (1849-1919), widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern medicine. Read and reflect upon them and then choose one for an essay. Please address whether or not you agree with the author, why you do or do not, and how your conclusion might affect the way you practice as a physician. 

“Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.” -William Osler

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” -Plato Current Word Count: (250-500 words)

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

All applicant narratives should be less than 500 words.

Briefly describe the one clinical experience you have had that has most significantly influenced your decision to study medicine. Do not replicate your AMCAS personal statement.

Why have you selected the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for your medical education? Please be as specific as possible.

Please provide a chronological list with dates of your clinical experiences/shadowing.

Please provide a chronological list with dates of your community service/volunteering.

Please discuss a situation where you had to use your leadership skills.

Please briefly discuss your research experience.

Please provide a chronological list with dates of your employment.

Optional Questions:

Please provide a description of any activities involving the FINE ARTS (dance, drama, music, art, photography, etc.)

Please provide a description of any activities involving SPORTS (organized team sports, recreational activities that you play, watch or follow)

Describe your most meaningful involvement in STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS.

Please provide a description of your most memorable TRAVEL experience.

Please provide a description of your HOBBIES and what you do for fun and relaxation.

University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Please choose the single answer that best describes your career goals:

Private Practice
Academic Medicine
Public Health
Health Care Administration
Health Policy
Other 

Describe the knowledge, skills, and attributes you have developed in preparation for the career path you have chosen in question 4a. (2000 Characters)

(Optional) The USF Morsani College of Medicine’s Scholarly Concentrations program aims to support the educational development of medical students by providing opportunities for academic endeavors in areas of special interest. This program facilitates self-directed learning, enhances interactions between students and fosters relationships between students and faculty. Scholarly concentrations provide a forum where diversity of ideas and perspectives are valued. Each concentration includes elements of course work, practical application and scholarly presentation.

Please review our Scholarly Concentrations website to determine which concentration would be of interest to you and answer the following question (Scholarly Concentrations Program | USF Health). How would the USF Morsani College of Medicine’s Scholarly Concentrations Program help your personal career goals? (2000 characters)

The University of South Florida, College of Medicine strives to educate a very diverse set of students who bring a variety of strengths and interests to the field of medicine. The definition of diversity is broad and includes (but is not limited to) lifestyle, race/ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status and distance traveled through life. The definition of strength is also broad and includes (but not limited to) humanism, scholarship, intellectual curiosity, research and leadership. How do you feel your particular experiences, interests, and passions will add to the strength and diversity of the USF class and ultimately to the field of medicine? (2000 characters)

Describe your ideas about how the medical profession can best respond to disparities in healthcare (2000 characters)

If you have experienced academic difficulties, please explain the situation and how it was resolved. (Please explain all grades less than a “B” (including B-) or any “withdrawal” on your transcripts). (2000 characters)

There are also various questions about participating in SMPs or Post Baccs, crimes, and IAs that you have to answer if applicable. All 2000 characters

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Georgia

Emory University School of Medicine

List your entire curriculum plan for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you are not currently in school, please briefly describe your plans for the coming year. (200 Words)

Briefly describe your health-related experiences. Be sure to include important experiences that are in your AMCAS application, as well as any recent experiences. (200 Words)

Briefly describe your interest in Emory and the Emory degree program you have selected. (200 Words)

What do you consider to be the role of the physician in the community? (200 Words)

If you have any updates or new information to report since you have submitted your AMCAS primary application, please briefly describe below. (200 Words)

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Please describe your motivation for becoming a physician. What contributions do you feel that you could make to the medical profession in the future? (400 words)

Please list any additional clinical experiences that are not included on your AMCAS application. Please include the physician’s name OR type of experience (i.e., Nursing, PA, EMT, E.R. Scribe, etc.) in the description column below along with the location, dates and total number of hours. If no additional experiences have occurred, please select “N/A.”

The Admissions Committee regards the diversity of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. The Committee strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, region of residence with respect to its health professional needs, ties to MCG Medical College of Georgia, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or life and/or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. (400 words)

Please describe the geographical setting in which you think you would most like to practice following medical training. Include the following information if known: The state or region of the country, the name of the county and town. (400 words)

If applicable, indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you have not already addressed that you feel the Admissions Committee should consider when evaluating your application. If you have had any academic problems or unevenness in your academic performance, please address that here as well. (400 words)

Mercer University School of Medicine 

Please provide below an alternate e-mail address (different from the one listed on the Primary AMCAS Application) to which we can send you correspondence related to your application. (Required)

Please provide a cell phone number at which you can be contacted in reference to your application. (Required) 

Please address any institutional action, including honor code or conduct code violations, from your time as an undergraduate and graduate student. (Required)

If you wish to discuss your perceptions of your academic readiness for the rigors of a medical school curriculum or explain poor grades in college coursework or MCAT scores to the Admissions Committee, please do so below (230 words max)

What is your understanding of the practice of rural medicine? (230 words max)

Do you consider yourself to have been raised or to be residing in an area that is medically underserved or in a county that consists of medically underserved populations? By medically underserved we mean populations vulnerable to poor health due to difficulties accessing adequate health care services. This may be due to factors including but not limited to: education level; poverty; being uninsured or underinsured; lack of a usual source of care other than the emergency department; belonging to a socially marginalized group with poorer health outcomes; cultural or language barriers to receiving quality medical care; distance or lack of transportation to needed medical care. Please explain. (230 words max)

The mission of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) is to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the health care needs of medically underserved and rural areas of Georgia. Summarize your work and learning experiences that you believe reflect congruence with this mission. Based on your understanding of our mission, where and what do you envision yourself doing after completion of medical school and residency? (230 words max)

If you wish to, please briefly explain below to the Admissions Committee experiences, attributes or qualifications you believe are unique to you that can add to the diversity of the educational environment at MUSM. (230 words max)

Please explain to the Admissions Committee factors that you could not highlight above that would help the Admissions Committee better understand your unique circumstances. If you would like to briefly highlight any substantial updates with regard to your application (example, volunteer experiences) that have occurred after you submitted the Primary AMCAS Application, please summarize them below. (230 words max)

Morehouse School of Medicine

Type a statement setting forth the key motivational factors in your decision to apply to Morehouse and any information about yourself you feel would be of interest to the Committee on Admission in the consideration of your application. Please keep the response to about one page. (You may want to type your answer in a Word Processor while you are off-line and paste your response here)

What percent of your professional time do you anticipate devoting to (Administrative, teaching, patient care, research)? In which size community do you think you would like to practice? (Large metropolitan, small city, large town, small town/rural area/reservation). Briefly, explain the reasons for your selections. (no word limit)

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Hawaii

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Describe succinctly the important experience(s) in your life which began the process that motivated you to enter the career of medicine. (No word limit)

Please explain why you are applying to the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine. (No word limit)

If you are a re-applicant to JABSOM, please complete the following additional essay. Describe what efforts you have made to further improve your application to the MD Program. (No word limit)

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Illinois

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Please discuss challenges in your journey thus far to medical school. (150 words)

Please specially discuss how, if admitted to our program, your admission would contribute to the diversity of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science community. (150 words)

Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Our mission statement reflects the guiding principles of our institution. The Stritch School of Medicine is a home for all faiths, according to our Jesuit values. We believe that spirituality is an integral component of education, professional formation, and well-being. We value the opportunity to consider reflections of your own mission as it pertains to your candidacy and future professional goals. With your own personal mission in mind, please address each of the following questions (please limit your responses to 500 words or less):

Becoming a person for others is a core Jesuit value. What does this Jesuit ideal mean to you? 

Please describe a personal or professional challenge or conflict that you have experienced. How did you resolve it? What skills, resources and/or strategies did you employ? DO NOT write about the MCAT, a course, or an academic issue. 

How will you contribute to the diversity of the Stritch student body and community? Specifically, what unique traits, identities, experiences, skills and perspectives will you contribute? 

Please use this space to bring the information in your AMCAS application up-to-date. Please indicate additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, address changes, additions to your list of activities, and anything else you feel we should know. If you have not been enrolled in coursework, please let us know what you have been doing since coursework ended. 

Have you or any of your relatives attended or been employed by Loyola University Chicago or the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine? List relative(s), institution(s), and year(s) of graduation:

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS

Please use the space below to further explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy-gaps or delays in education, academic missteps, or personal challenges not listed elsewhere, etc. (this response limited to 1500 characters) 

Have you applied to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine prior to this application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to Loyola SSOM. 

Have you applied to any medical school prior to this year’s application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to AMCAS. Please also tell us how your application has improved since your previous application.

Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine

Given the distinctive educational philosophy and integrated curriculum at FSM, describe how your personal characteristics and learning style would fit the institution.(Limit your response to 200 words)

Describe the steps you take to reduce your personal stress when confronted with difficult situations.(Limit your response to 200 words)

Feinberg’s mission is to impact the practice of medicine through discovery and education. With consideration of FSM’s goal to train future leaders in medicine, please describe your career plans and goals. Be as specific as your current thinking will allow.(Limit your response to 200 words)

(If applicable): If you have (or expect to have) a year or more between college graduation and medical school matriculation, describe your activities and/or plans. For REAPPLICANTS: Please also address steps taken to improve your application for medical school.(Limit your response to 200 words)

Everyone has their own narrative. Please provide more detail about your selections above and how you would enrich the Northwestern community.(Limit your response to 200 words)

MSTP

Why did you choose your undergraduate major? How does the subject appeal to you? (200 words)

Name a scientific paper that you have read recently that had a strong impact on you and describe what impact it had. (200 words)

Discuss a current unanswered question in biomedical research that you find particularly interesting and what research you would like to see done to address it. (200 words)

What is the most gratifying research experience you have had to date and why? What was the greatest obstacle you had to overcome in research and how did you overcome it? (200 words)

Everyone has their own narrative. Please provide more detail about your selections above and how you would enrich the Northwestern community. (200 words)

How do you envision your career after you complete your training, including residency and fellowship? What aspects of your life and career will be most satisfying? What frustrations can you envision in your future career, and how do you hope to handle them? (200 words)

Please describe your current research interest as you plan your research training. (200 words)

Rush Medical College of Rush University

Describe personal attributes you possess or life experiences you have had that will enable you to better understand patients with a culture different from your own. Please include your self-reflection on how this experience has changed your insights, beliefs, and/or values. (1000 characters)

Describe a challenging situation in which you did not agree with a directive/rule and how you handled this. (1000 characters)

Reflect on a time in which you personally gained more from an experience than what was expected. (1000 characters)

What do you hope to gain from your Rush Medical College experience that will make you a better/different physician? (1000 characters)

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

SIU School of Medicine uses a holistic approach to identify and select a diverse student body best suited to fulfill its mission: to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community. In what ways do you believe you would contribute to this mission? Please limit your answer to 300 words or less.

To be successful as a student at SIU School of Medicine and as a practicing physician, you must be flexible and committed to cultivating and employing critical interactive and learning skills. Describe your experiences that demonstrate: contribution in a teamwork setting; engagement in self-directed and life-long learning (taking personal initiative to identify and address your learning goals and needs); and exposure to the small group tutorial process used in a problem-based learning environment. Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.

If you have previously applied to SIU School of Medicine, please describe how you feel you have strengthened your credentials since that application. Please limit your answer to 300 words or less

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

“At the University of Chicago, in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary scholarship and discovery, the Pritzker School of Medicine is dedicated to inspiring diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity.”

Our mission statement is an expression of our core purpose and educational philosophy. In particular, it highlights the value we place on diversity since we regard the diversity of entering class as essential for educational excellence. Please write an essay on how you would enhance diversity at Pritzker and advance the Pritzker mission. We suggest that you limit your essay to about 550 words.

Share with us a difficult or challenging situation you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills you called upon to resolve the dilemma, and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice. We suggest that you limit your essay to about 550 words.

Please feel free to use this space to convey any additional information that you might wish the Committee to know. For example, if you are not currently completing a degree, please share your planned or current activities for this application cycle. We suggest that you limit your text to about 200 words.

There’s also a prompt asking you to explain why you opted out of having a pre-med committee letter if your school does committee letters.

University of Illinois College of Medicine

In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply:

A) Simulation

B) Research in healthcare delivery

C) Basic science research

D) Interdisciplinary collaboration

E) Healthcare disparities

F) Academic medicine

G) Global Health

H) Community Health (urban)

I) Community Health (rural)

J) Innovation Medicine

Provide a short, 300-500 words, statement on your interest and how you see it influencing your learning. Please begin your statement with the letter(s) representing the area(s) of interest enclosed in parentheses as a programmatic queue. Separate multiple areas of interest with a comma. For example, your essay would begin as follows, if you chose Simulation and Research in healthcare delivery: (A,B) … If you choose just one additional area of interest: (A) …

Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don’t exceed 150 words). If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate ‘Not Applicable’

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Indiana

Indiana University School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

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Iowa

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 

We understand you may be applying to multiple medical schools. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Carver College of Medicine. (Required - 1500 characters)

Describe any unique personal characteristics and obstacles you may have overcome that will contribute to the diversity of, and bring educational benefits to, the entering class. (Required - 1500 characters)

Please list and briefly describe all medically related experiences (paid/volunteer) you have completed during the past 5 years. Do NOT forecast future hours. Please include experiences listed on your AMCAS and also provide any additional experiences NOT listed on your AMCAS. (Required- max of 15 entries, 175 characters per entry)

If you are a reapplicant to the Carver College of Medicine, how have you strengthened your application? (Optional - 1500 characters)

If you are not currently in a degree-seeking program, please indicate what you will be doing from the time you complete this secondary application to the start of medical school. (Optional - 1500 characters)

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Kansas

University of Kansas School of Medicine

Provide relatively brief (1,000 character maximum) answers to the following questions. Use Notepad or other non-formatting text editors if you would like to copy-paste your answers from drafts prepared elsewhere. Required fields are marked with an asterisk.*

Describe your health care experiences that involved direct exposure to physicians’ clinical duties and how they have shaped your desire to apply to medical school.

Describe examples of leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

Beyond academics (grades and MCATs), describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge.

Give an example of what you have done to make your community a better place to live.

Describe how you relate to someone who is very different from you. Examples of differences may be cultural, racial, religious, economic, gender/sexual orientation, lifestyle.

If you are not a Kansas resident, what is your specific interest in applying to the University of Kansas School of Medicine?

If necessary, update the information contained in your AMCAS application. Indicate grades earned, alterations in your proposed course work or graduation time, additions to your extracurricular activities, or other pertinent information.

If there are discrepancies in your application that have not been explained in your personal statement, use this space to clarify. Examples may include unexplained gaps in time, multiple undergraduate institutions attended, multiple course withdrawals, inconsistent academic performance, inconsistency between academic performance and MCAT scores.

If you are currently enrolled, or plan to be enrolled during the next academic year, in a graduate or professional degree program, please describe your status within the program and your intention to complete the program. You must also request a letter from your graduate program advisor or from the dean of your professional school. This letter must include acknowledgement of your application to medical school and a description of your status in the program.

If you are no longer a full-time student, briefly describe your current employment, community, medical, and/or educational activities.

For Repeat Applicants Only: Since your last application, note any relevant academic, employment, and personal experiences that enhance your ability to be a better physician.

For Combined MD/PhD Program Applicants: Do you also want to be considered as an “MD-only” applicant?

*Have you ever been convicted for violation of a regulation or law relating to controlled substances (answer YES or NO)? If yes, provide appropriate explanation(s), including the date(s) of conviction, case number(s), and the jurisdictional court(s) involved.

*Have you ever been convicted of a felony (answer YES or NO)? If yes, provide appropriate explanation(s), including the date(s) of conviction, case number(s), and the jurisdictional court(s) involved.

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Kentucky

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

For OOS only. This is an opportunity to describe more about yourself to the Admissions Committee. The Personal Comments section of the AMCAS application is not an acceptable substitute. In the essay, please address the following points:

Reasons for selecting a medical career;

Things you have done to prepare yourself for a medical education and career;

Personal characteristics and other accomplishments and experiences that you feel help qualify you for the practice of medicine; and,

Why you chose to apply to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Please elaborate on any Kentucky ties: personal, familial, etc.

For everybody:

How would you describe your ability to use unscheduled time during the day for learning?

What competencies and qualities should a physician possess for practice in the 21st century?

Describe the most significant community service activity in which you have participated. How did it affect you?

Describe an experience or situation which made you feel grateful.

In providing patient care, should physicians maintain emotional distance or empathize with patients’ emotional states? As a physician, how would you deal with your own emotions?

Describe a situation in your undergraduate education when you felt alive and engaged in learning.

University of Louisville School of Medicine

If you are an out of state student, please explain your interest in attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine: (Maximum of 500 characters)

How well did your high school prepare you for college? (Maximum of 500 characters)

What determined your choice of college(s)? (Maximum of 500 characters)

How do you assess your college record? (Maximum of 500 characters)

Please describe any circumstances adversely affecting your academic performance. (Maximum of 500 characters)

Please discuss your research experience, including any publications and/or curriculum vitae. (Maximum of 500 characters)

Foreign Travel (Maximum of 500 characters)

Interests & Hobbies (Maximum of 500 characters)

Describe any other areas in which you possess interest, expertise or skill. E.g., musicianship of a professional caliber, published writing, language spoken fluently, union level in trades, certification in other professional areas, scouting, etc. (Maximum of 500 characters)

What career(s) would you probably consider if you could not be a physician? (Maximum of 500 characters)

How do you see yourself practicing medicine after residency training? (Please include choice of medical practice and location) (Maximum of 500 characters)

Discuss briefly why you have decided to pursue a M.D. degree program (Maximum of 500 characters)

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Louisiana

Louisiana State University – New Orleans School of Medicine

If you wish, you may attach a letter of reasonable length which contains comments that you feel will enable the Admissions Committee to better assess your qualifications for medical school.

Louisiana State University – Shreveport School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

Tulane University School of Medicine

Briefly describe the reasons for your interest in Tulane University School of Medicine. (150 words)

List any leadership positions, in clubs or organizations, you may have held during college. (100 words)

Please list your hobbies and major non-academic interests. (150 words)

Tulane University School of Medicine values the diversity of its patients, faculty, staff, and students. Do you identify with a particular group that you believe is underrepresented among medical professionals? These include groups oriented around, but not limited to: ethnicity, race, sexuality, religion, and economic background. (60 words - Optional)

If you’ve already graduated from college, what have you been pursuing since graduation? (150 words)

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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

If you took a gap year: 700 character box describing activities.

If you took time off *during* undergrad: 700 character box describing why / what you did.

600 characters for academic honors and awards.

Briefly describe your single, most rewarding experience. Feel free to refer to an experience previously described in your AMCAS application.

This space is limited to 900 characters. Please type directly in this box or, you can create your essays in a word processor and then cut and paste your response into the essay box. Please do not use tabs or hard returns.

Are there any areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you? If so, please comment.

This space is limited to 1100 characters. Please type directly in this box or, you can create your essays in a word processor and then cut and paste your response into the essay box. Please do not use tabs or hard returns.

Briefly describe a situation where you had to overcome adversity; include lessons learned and how you think it will affect your career as a future physician.

This space is limited to 900 characters. Please type directly in this box or, you can create your essays in a word processor and then cut and paste your response into the essay box. Please do not use tabs or hard returns.

Briefly describe a situation where you were not in the majority. What did you learn from this experience?

This space is limited to 1100 characters. Please type directly in this box or, you can create your essays in a word processor and then cut and paste your response into the essay box. Please do not use tabs or hard returns.

The Admissions Committee values hearing about each candidate for admission, including what qualities the candidate might bring to the School of Medicine if admitted. If you feel there is information not already addressed in the application that will enable the Committee to know more about you and this has influenced your desire to be a physician, feel free to write a brief statement in the space below. You may address any subject you wish, such as being a first generation college student, or being a part of a minority group (whether because of your sexual orientation, religion, economic status, gender identity, ethnicity), or being the child of undocumented immigrants or being undocumented yourself, etc. Please note that this question is optional and that you will not be penalized should you choose not to answer it.

This space is limited to 1100 characters. Please type directly in this box or, you can create your essays in a word processor and then cut and paste your response into the essay box. Please do not use tabs or hard returns.

MSTP:

Please list your area(s) of interest in graduate study. These may be general and/or specific: (270 characters)

If you are planning to defer admission: 180 characters to explain why. 

Foreign language proficiency.

List names of people writing MD/PhD letters for you.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine 

Military and Public Health Medicine is a calling that is both rewarding and challenging. “America’s Medical School” is looking for the absolute best to serve all military and Public Health Service beneficiaries—service members, retirees, and family members. Please describe your motivation to learn and practice medicine with the U.S. military medical corps and/or the U.S. Public Health Service. (1500 characters)

The F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine features a distinctive curriculum that meets all of the requirements for a high quality medical degree AND prepares students to be high-performing officers in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service. Please describe what in your research about our school and/or in your personal or family background attracts you to our institution’s unique mission and approach. (1500 characters)

The F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine receives far more outstanding applications from potential students than we are able to admit in any given year. Our Admissions Committee likes to assemble classes of students with a diversity of backgrounds, skills, experiences and talents to care for our patients—many of whom have overcome impressive challenges while serving our country. Please describe a special quality or experience that will help you relate to our unique population and that will strengthen your class if admitted to “America’s Medical School.” (1500 characters)

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Briefly describe your most important exposure to clinical medicine. (1500 characters)

Briefly describe your most satisfying experience related to community service. (1500 characters)

What does it mean to you to enter into a profession? (1500 characters)

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Massachusetts

Boston University School of Medicine

Did you go on to college directly after high school?* Yes/No. If no, explain (1400 characters) 

Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree?* (Post bac work is NOT considered undergraduate. If attending a post bac program prior to entering medical school, the answer is NO and should be explained.) If you took gap year(s), please use this space to explain what you have been doing prior to applying to medical school. Yes/No. If no, explain: For example, attending post bac or other graduate program, working, traveling, etc. (1400 characters)

If you have spent more than 4 years as an undergraduate, please explain below. (You may skip this question if you have graduated within 4 years.) (1400 characters)

Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. For example, have you lived in another country or experienced a culture unlike your own, or worked in a field that contributed to your understanding of people unlike yourself? Or, have you experienced advanced training in any area, including the fields of art, music, or sports? This is an opportunity to describe learning experiences that may not be covered in other areas of this application or your AMCAS application. It is not necessary to write anything in this section. (2000 Characters)

Optional Essay: Use the space below to provide additional information you feel will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine. This should include only information NOT already included in your AMCAS or other sections of the BUSM Supplemental Application. Most applicants leave this blank. (3000 characters)

 Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center Connection: List any personal connection(s) you have at Boston University School of Medicine or Boston Medical Center, or any other part of Boston University. Please provide Name, Department, and Relationship below (2-3 sentences, 200 characters)

Harvard Medical School

If you have already graduated, briefly (4000 characters max) summarize your activities since graduation.

If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you would like to share with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Many applicants will not need to answer this question. Examples might include significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine.(4000 character maximum)

Our interview season runs from mid-September through January. Please indicate any significant (three or more weeks) restriction on your availability for interviews during this period. If none, leave blank.

ESSAY FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE HARVARD-MIT DIVISION OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (HST)

The HST MD program draws on the combined resources of Harvard and MIT to provide a distinct preclinical education tailored to preparing students for careers as physician-scientists across the full spectrum of disciplines including biological, physical and engineering sciences. HST classes are small, commonly include graduate students and have an emphasis on quantitative and analytic approaches, centered on understanding disease mechanisms and preparing students to solve unmet needs in medicine ranging from novel diagnostics and therapeutics to applications of ‘big data’ and systems engineering as they relate to healthcare. Please focus on how your interests, experiences and aspirations have prepared you for HST (rather than identifying specific HST faculty or research opportunities). Limit your comments to the equivalent of one page of single spaced text with a font size of 10 or 12. (4000 Char)

MD/PhD

Briefly list your research interests/areas; use keywords only. This information is not binding. (100 character limit)

Please list publications, indicating for each whether it is published, submitted/under review, or in preparation

For PhD’s in the social sciences only, please complete the following and upload where indicated:

Statement of Purpose:

Describe your reasons and motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in your chosen program of study at Harvard. What experiences led you to your research ambitions? Concisely state your past work in your intended field of study and in related fields. Briefly indicate your career objectives. Your statement should not exceed 1,000 words. Health Policy applicants should indicate the concentration(s) and policy area(s) of interest. 

Please see Program Details to determine whether the program to which you are applying requires a writing sample, CV, or other documents. Please follow departmental requirements on type and size of writing sample. Unless noted, writing sample is limited to 20 pages.

Tufts University School of Medicine

Do you wish to include any comments (in addition to those already provided in your AMCAS application) to the Admissions Committee at Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters)

Do you consider yourself a person who would contribute to the diversity of the student body of Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters)

Do you have any withdrawals or repeated coursework listed on your transcript(s). (1000 characters)

Did you take any leaves of absence or significant breaks from your undergraduate education? (Do not include time off after graduation.) (1000 characters)

University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Please respond to four of the following seven prompts related to competencies that are important for a physician to possess. (150 words/item, 600 words/total; please use the text box below for your answer, separate each of your four responses by writing the competency above/before your response; example: Teamwork – All teams have their struggles but they can be overcome…)

1) Describe a time when you have made a decision that was not popular and how you handled this. (Leadership competency)

2) Describe a time when you were on a team that was dysfunctional in some regard. How did you address the situation? (Teamwork)

3) Describe a meaningful interaction you have had with a person whom you have helped at work, school or another activity. (Empathy/Compassion)

4) Have you ever been in the middle of a situation where there was poor communication? What did you do to improve it? (Communication) 

5) Describe a time when you have “thought outside the box” to solve a problem. (Inquiry) 

6) Describe a time when you suffered a setback. How did you respond to this challenge? (Persistence/Grit)

7) Describe a challenging time when you advocated for someone. (Advocacy/Cultural Competence)

Please discuss any part of your application that you feel requires further explanation – for example, grades or MCAT scores that do not reflect your true ability, a gap in time that is not explained elsewhere in your application. If you are reapplying to UMass SOM, highlight how you have strengthened your application. (250 word limit)

If you have participated in UMass SOM or UMass Memorial Health Care, or UMMS Baystate sponsored programs (SEP, Summer Research Program, Worcester Pipeline Collaborative, AHEC, BaccMD, HSPP, Academic Internships, BSEP, Summer Scholars) please describe how these programs helped you decide to apply to UMass SOM. (200 word limit)

Why are you interested in UMass SOM? What will you bring to your class and the SOM community? (200 word limit)

If you are currently taking a gap year, in what activities are you engaged? (200 word limit)

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Michigan

Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Tell us about a time when you have been an outsider and felt uncomfortable

What are two essential skills needed for success in medical school?

[REAPP ONLY]: If you have applied to any medical school in previous cycles, what have you done since your last application to prepare yourself for a career in medicine? If you have not applied to medical school previously, write “N/A” in the box.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

MD Prompts

Choose one of the following areas in which you have interest. (Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Underserved Populations, Entrepreneurial Medicine or Other (specify)). Comment on how you would hope to impact medicine in this area. Please do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

At the University of Michigan Medical School, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

OPTIONAL: If you would like to comment in depth regarding your research background you may answer this optional question. How would your past experiences in laboratory-based research on fundamental problems in the biological and biomedical sciences motivate you to pursue similar efforts as a physician-scientist? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

MSTP Prompts:

Briefly describe why you decided to apply to the University of Michigan MSTP. If you are interested in a specific department, program, or area of research for your Ph.D., please provide a brief explanation (we recognize that your interests may change). Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

At the University of Michigan Medical School, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

OPTIONAL: If you would like to comment in depth regarding your research background you may answer this optional question. How would your past experiences in laboratory-based research on fundamental problems in the biological and biomedical sciences motivate you to pursue similar efforts as a physician-scientist? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Optional: If applicable, please describe any connections you have to the OUWB communities.

How have your experiences serving others contributed to your personal growth?

If you have already graduated, briefly summarize your activities since graduation.

Optional: Is there anything you want the admissions committee to know about your qualifications for medical school that is not already represented in your application materials? Note: This space is provided for new information only, not to promote qualifications already highlighted in your other materials (all 400 words)

University of Michigan Medical School

MD Prompts:

Choose one of the following areas in which you have interest. (Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Underserved Populations, Entrepreneurial Medicine or Other (specify)). Comment on how you would hope to impact medicine in this area. Please do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

At the University of Michigan Medical School, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

OPTIONAL: If you would like to comment in depth regarding your research background you may answer this optional question. How would your past experiences in laboratory-based research on fundamental problems in the biological and biomedical sciences motivate you to pursue similar efforts as a physician-scientist? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

MSTP Prompts:

Briefly describe why you decided to apply to the University of Michigan MSTP. If you are interested in a specific department, program, or area of research for your Ph.D., please provide a brief explanation (we recognize that your interests may change). Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

At the University of Michigan Medical School, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

OPTIONAL: If you would like to comment in depth regarding your research background you may answer this optional question. How would your past experiences in laboratory-based research on fundamental problems in the biological and biomedical sciences motivate you to pursue similar efforts as a physician-scientist? Do not exceed 1500 characters (about 250 words).

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Please answer each of the three essays below. Responses are limited to a maximum of 1000 characters, including spaces. Only answer the additional question sections if they apply. Do not use a ~ in your responses.

Why do you wish to pursue your medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine? 

Medical School is very time consuming, and you are going to have to eliminate some current activities. What three activities are most important for you to continue while in medical school? Why? 

Give an example of a project to which you gave sustained effort. How were you involved in the leadership of this project? 

Please only answer this question if you are a re-applicant. The response is limited to a maximum of 1500 characters, including spaces. What academic, employment, volunteer experiences have you been engaged in since your last application to medical school? How does your current application differ from your previous application? 

Please only answer this question if you were ever the recipient of an institutional action. The response is limited to a maximum of 1500 characters, including spaces. Fully describe the circumstances that resulted in the disciplinary institutional action citation noted on your AMCAS application. What lasting lessons have you learned from the experience?

Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Each question has a 2000 character limit. The preferred abbreviation of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is ‘WMed’.

Describe why you wish to enroll at WMed. You should describe any connection you have to southwest Michigan.

Describe what you bring to the practice of medicine – your values, skills, talents, and life experiences – and how you add to the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the medical profession.

WMed Re-Applicants Only: Describe changes to your application from previous cycles – include academics, experiences, and/or personal attributes.

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Minnesota

Mayo Medical School

Why are you specifically interested in pursuing your medical education at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine even if you gain acceptances to other highly ranked medical schools? (500 words or less)

We are all unique in different ways. Explain how your personal diversity manifests in your personal and professional activities. (500 words or less)

Share with us your thoughts about the relevance – or not – of diverse learning environments in which you wish to learn medicine. (500 words or less)

University of Minnesota Medical School

Please describe your experiences with intentionally expanding your cultural awareness in an effort to promote acceptance, respect, and inclusivity. (1500 Characters)

Reflect on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others, particularly those with values different than your own. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (1500 Characters)

Beyond what you have shared in question two, please share information about important aspects of your personal background or identity as it relates to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, cultural context, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race/ethnicity, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (This question is not required.)(900-1500)

If you have a specific interest in the study or practice of medicine please share it here. Please include specific experiences that have informed your interest. (This question is not required.) (900-1500)

Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (1500 Characters)

Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus. (1500 Characters)

Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota?

If you selected OTHER, please provide a brief explanation as to why.

If you are a non-resident applicant, do you have any special or significant ties to the state of MN? (Non-resident applicants are not required to have ties to MN and this question is not required.)

Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application. (300 characters)

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony?

If YES, you must include a full explanation below.

What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss or highlight any aspect of your journey to medicine that you may or may not have already presented in your application. Â You may also update us with any current experiences that were not included in your AMCAS application. (This question is not required.) (900-1500)

If you are a re-applicant, how has your current application changed or what additional information would you like to highlight for the Admissions Committee? Re-applicant refers to having applied to any medical school in the past. (This question is not required unless you are a re-applicant.) (900-1500)

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Mississippi

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Why medicine? In 500 characters, you are encouraged to not copy from your personal statement.

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Missouri

University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine

Please describe any element within your candidacy not fully addressed on the AMCAS application that you want the Admissions Committee to consider. Please include information regarding how you heard about our school, and any factors(programs, people, mission, geography etc.) that led you to apply. (2000 characters including spaces)

Please discuss (e.g. using specific personal traits, education, life experiences, etc.) how you will add to the overall diversity of the medical school and the practice of medicine AND how you will contribute to an inclusive learning environment at the medical school and the practice of medicine (2000 characters including spaces).

If you have previously applied to University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine: please provide the Admissions Committee with a brief application history (including when you first applied and the number of application attempts). Please describe in detail the ways in which this application is superior to your previous application(s) (3000 characters including spaces)

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Will you be a full-time student for the 2018 – 2019 academic year? (10000 characters)

Do you wish to include any comments, other than your AMCAS personal statement, to the Admissions Committee? (10000 characters)

Were you ever the recipient of any action (e.g. dismissal, disqualification, suspension, etc.) by any college for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violations? (10000 characters)

MD-PhD only: Relate your current thinking about the type and scope of clinical career that you seek. Remember that most applicants cannot identify at this point the specific medical disciplines they might choose for residency programs. However, you may have preliminary ideas about your relative interest in direct patient care vs. consultative service, translational vs. basic research, academic medical center vs. corporate, etc. (max 10,000 characters)

University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

Washington University School of Medicine

Have you already completed your undergraduate education, have you had your college or graduate education interrupted, or do you plan not to be a full-time student during your application year? If you select “yes,” this question appears: Describe in chronological order your activities during the time(s) when you were not enrolled as a full-time student. (2000 char limit)

(Optional) Describe a time or situation where you have been unsuccessful or failed. (3000 char limit)

(Optional) Is there anything else you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions? Some applicants use this space to describe unique experiences and obstacles such as significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, and/or identification with a particular culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. (3000 char limit)

MSTP:

Briefly describe the area of research you would like to explore in graduate school. (1800 chars)

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Nebraska

Creighton University School of Medicine

Please state your reasons for applying to Creighton University School of Medicine. (2,000 characters)

In Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition, the mission of the School of Medicine is to improve the human condition with a diverse body of students, faculty and staff who provide excellence in educating students, physicians and the public, advancing knowledge and providing comprehensive patient care. Please describe the role(s) you can play in helping the School or Medicine achieve its mission. (2,000 characters)

Please describe your current activities/employment if you are not currently enrolled as a fulltime student.

University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Why do you want to attend the University of Nebraska College of Medicine? (1000 characters)

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Nevada

University of Nevada School of Medicine

Describe how your background and future goals will contribute to the mission of the UNLV School of Medicine. 

Provide a BRIEF chronological summary of your time since graduating from high school up to the point of applying to medical school.

If you have any other information you believe is important for the Admissions Committee to consider, please include it here. You are limited to 250 words. Do not restate information already in your primary AMCAS application.

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New Hampshire

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Please indicate your plans for the 2018-2019 academic year. If in school, please list your courses. If working, let us know something about the nature of your job. If your plans or courses change subsequently, you need to inform the Admissions Office by email at Geisel.Admissions@dartmouth.edu.

Please share with us something about yourself that is not addressed elsewhere in your application and which could be helpful to the Admissions Committee as we review your file.

Other Questions

Pre-Med Requirements (fill-in)

Is there anyone in your immediate family who is a graduate of Dartmouth? (Note: You do not need to list yourself if you are a Dartmouth College graduate.) Please list below with class, relationship, and school affiliation (i.e., Dartmouth College, Geisel School, Thayer School, Tuck School).

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New Jersey

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

What makes you unique from other applicants to CMSRU, and how will you contribute to the diverse learning environment at CMSRU?

Reflect on how you will be able to relate to an underserved urban population.

Describe a challenging situation you faced and what you did to address it.

Discuss how you identify and respond to adversity or stress.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

If you have participated in any program(s) affiliated with NJMS (i.e. summer programs, research, high school programs, internships, volunteering, graduate school, etc.), please indicate below. Please provide name(s) and date(s) of program participation:

If you have any relatives currently enrolled or who have graduated from NJMS please provide name(s), relationship to you and graduation year in the space provided below:

If you have any other connections to NJMS, or Rutgers University, please provide details below:

If you previously applied to NJMS through AMCAS or an accelerated program, please provide the following: Program name(s) and Application year(s):

Please indicate below if you previously met with either Dr. Heinrich or Ms. Rivero (prior to July 1, 2018). With whom did you meet and date(s):

NJMS recognizes the importance of diversity in the medical profession. We understand that the applicant pool is multidimensional and as such we would like to learn more about you:

How do you self-identify Racially

How do you self-identify Ethnically

How do you self-identify Culturally

Integrity is a core value at NJMS. Please share your thoughts on Integrity. Additionally, we seek students who are self-aware, resilient and adaptable. Discuss a personal or professional challenge you have experienced and how you resolved it.

NJMS is committed to fostering a collaborative and cohesive environment. With this in mind, how will you contribute to our medical school community?

Please discuss any additional information you feel may help us in our review of your candidacy. Feel free to elaborate on any gaps (educational or experiences), discrepancies in academic history, institutional actions, etc.

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

(Optional) If applicable, please comment on any science grade(s) listed on your application for which you received grades lower than a B. If applicable, please comment if there is a downward trend in your science and/or total grade point average (GPA). (250 characters)

(Optional) Please let us know how you prepared for your most recent MCAT. If you have taken the MCAT more than once let us know if you prepared differently for prior tests. (250 characters)

Provide a very short reflection of what you have learned about your preferred strategies for pursuing knowledge in areas of interest to yourself. (250 characters)

(Optional) If you have taken time off during your undergraduate training or if you have already graduated, please provide information to explain this time by providing a line-by-line description of activities or explanation delineated by month/year to month/year. (500 characters)

(Optional) Were you, or are you, employed during the school year? If so please let us know the type of work, hours worked, etc. (500 characters)

(Optional) Is there anything you would like to share to clarify your application? (500 characters)

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New Mexico

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Background and Diversity

At the UNM School of Medicine we are committed to building a dynamic, productive and positive learning environment in addition to promoting cross cultural and cross racial understanding among students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions and backgrounds. Share any unique or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity and life and work experiences. What would you as an individual bring to our medical community? (2000 characters)

Interest and Suitability for a Career in Medicine

There are multiple paths that lead to medical school and many obstacles along the way. Please describe the unique path that has led you to medicine as well as any obstacles or adversity that you had to overcome in achieving this goal. How will this experience affect your career as a physician? (2000 characters)

Problem Solving

While providing healthcare as a physician is often a rewarding career, it is also a profession that entails addressing constant challenges. What do you see as the most significant issues the medical profession will face in the next 20 years, and what are some potential solutions for these problems? (2000 characters)

Public Health

Part of the goal of the UNM School of Medicine is to address the healthcare disparities that face New Mexico. Once you become a physician, how do you foresee yourself helping to address the healthcare challenges that affect communities in the State of New Mexico? (2000 characters)

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New York

Albany Medical College

If you have previously applied to medical school, but were unsuccessful, how have you spent your time since then? (1,000 characters)

Describe yourself: (1,000 characters)

Please explain any inconsistencies in your university, graduate, or professional school academic performance and/or MCAT scores. (1,000 characters)

Has your college or university, graduate or professional school attendance been interrupted for any reason? If yes, please explain. Also, please explain any gaps in your post-graduate history. (1,000 characters)

Tell us one thing about yourself that would help the Admissions Committee determine if you should be admitted to our program. (1,000 characters)

EXPERIENCES
In the “Work and Activities” section on your AMCAS application, you provided the following list of experiences. Please select the experience that you feel has been the most meaningful in influencing your desire to pursue a career in medicine, explain why, and also describe what aspect of that experience best equips you to make an impact in the medical profession. (1,000 characters)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Series of yes or no questions. Any ‘yes’ answer requires a brief 100 word explanation.

I have taken time off between high school and college. (Please explain your activities in detail, and your reasons for taking time off, and include dates)

I have taken time off during my undergraduate years. (Please explain your activities in detail, and your reasons for taking time off, and include dates)

I have taken off at least a year since college graduation. (Please explain your activities in detail, and your reasons for taking time off, and include dates)

I plan to take off this year, after just having graduated, while I apply to medical school. (Please explain what you plan to do this year and please provide confirmation of your plans when they are complete)

I have taken and received credit for online courses. (Please note that the College does not accept online courses that are not offered by (as opposed to, approved by) your undergraduate or graduate institution. If you have taken online courses, please indicate what courses, where they were taken, and why you elected to take the courses online)

I have worked part- or full-time, for pay, during the academic year while in college. (Please indicate when you worked, e.g., freshman year, what months of the year you worked, and how many hours. Briefly describe the work you did)

I have applied to medical school previously. (Please list schools and year of application, and tell us what actions you have taken to improve your application)

I have submitted an AMCAS application to Einstein previously. (Please keep in mind that if you completed two prior applications, you are ineligible for reapplication.)(Please indicate whether you completed the application process for Einstein, the year(s) you applied, and whether you were interviewed)

I am presently enrolled in the Sue Golding Graduate Division. (Please indicate the year you enrolled, when you plan to take your qualifying examination, and the name of your mentor/department. It is required that your mentor write a letter of recommendation on your behalf)

I am presently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Yeshiva University. (Please indicate the month and year that you will graduate)

I had been accepted to medical school previously but chose not to matriculate. (Please indicate the name of the school, the year, and your reasons for not matriculating)

I had been enrolled previously in a medical school. (Please indicate the name of the school, the dates of your enrollment, and your reason for leaving)

I have not yet completed all of the competencies. (Please indicate what you are missing, and when and how you plan completion)

I will have a Baccalaureate Degree by the time I matriculate in medical school. (Please indicate why you will not have your Degree)

I am presently holding a deferred enrollment to a medical/professional school. (Please indicate where you are holding a deferral and why you are applying to Einstein now)

I have received a grade of “F” during my college/graduate school years. (Please indicate the name of the course and the reason for the failure)

I have received a grade of “D” during my college/graduate school years. (Please indicate the name of the course and the reason for this grade)

I have received a grade of “W” during my college/graduate school years. (Please indicate the name of the course and the reason for this grade)

I have received a grade of “I” during my college/graduate school years. (Please indicate the name of the course and the reason for this grade)

I have transferred from one college to another during my undergraduate years. (Please explain why you chose to transfer, and indicate the names of the colleges involved)

I have been the recipient of a warning notice for a non-academic issue that did not result in a disciplinary action. (Please explain when, where and why)

I have been subject to a disciplinary action and/or an administrative action, expunged or not, while in school. (If yes, please answer the following questions.)

Expunged? No Yes

How many warnings did you receive prior to an action being placed on your record? (Please explain how all of the above affected you)

I have disciplinary charges pending, (Please explain in detail)

I have been convicted of a crime. (Please explain in detail)

I expect that there will be criminal charges brought against me which are now pending. (Please explain in detail)

I have been prohibited or suspended from practicing in a professional capacity due to or as a result of alleged misconduct. (Please explain in detail)

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)

In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 characters)

If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)

(Required) What challenges do you expect to arise from living and working in a complex urban environment? How will you meet them? (300 words)

Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)

Please describe your parents’ occupations. (100 characters)

Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work? (300 words)

MSTP:

What Academic Honors Have You Received? (e.g. prizes, scholarships, fellowships, honors societies). (5000 Characters)

What are your major research interests? (20 words)

PhD Goals (5000 characters)

Additional Information (5000 Characters)

Columbia-Bassett application adds one essay of “What aspect of Columbia-Bassett has the most appeal to you?”

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

MD:

If you are currently not a full time student, please briefly describe the activities you are participating in this academic year. (100 words)

If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity or a commitment to a particular community, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you would like to share with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Aspects might include, but are not limited to significant challenges in or circumstances associated with access to education, living with a disability, socioeconomic factors, immigration status, or identification with a culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine. Completing this section is optional. (100 words)

What is the toughest feedback you ever received? How did you handle it and what did you learn from it? (250 words)

Please tell us about a situation in which working collaboratively on a team was challenging. What did you do? What did you learn? (200 words)

MD/PhD:

Please describe an influential experience that motivated your decision to become a physician-scientist. (200 words)

What is the toughest feedback you ever received? How did you handle it and what did you learn from it? (200 words)

Please tell us about a time when an experiment didn’t go as planned or yielded an unexpected result. How did you approach this challenge and what did you learn? (200 words)

What are your career goals? Which characteristics of the MD/PhD Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai do you believe will help you to achieve them? (200 words)

New York Medical College

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

New York University School of Medicine

MD: 

If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.

If you have taken any time off from your studies, either during or after college, please describe what you have done during this time and your reasons for doing so.

The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate a wide range of student qualities and life experiences that are complementary to demonstrated academic excellence, strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential. What unique qualities or experiences do you possess that would contribute specifically to the NYU School of Medicine community (2500 characters max)?

The ultimate goal of our institution is to produce a population of physicians with a collective desire to improve health of all segments of our society through the outstanding patient care, research and education. In this context, where do you see your future medical career (academic medicine, research, public health, primary care, business/law, etc.) and why? Your answer need not be restricted to one category. If your plans require that you complete a dual degree program, please elaborate here (2500 characters max).

Please answer only one of the following three questions (2500 characters max):

  1. The most meaningful achievements are often non-academic in nature. Describe the personal accomplishment that makes you most proud. Why is this important to you?

  2. Conflicts arise daily from differences in perspectives, priorities, worldviews and traditions. How do you define respect? Describe a situation in which you found it challenging to remain respectful while facing differences?

  3. Describe a situation in which working with a colleague, family member or friend has been challenging. How did you resolve, if at all, the situation as a team and what did you gain from the experience that will benefit you as a future health care provider?

MSTP:

Dropdowns to choose 5 faculty with whom you could see yourself working with in the future.

How many months of full-time research experience have you completed? When estimating this amount, you may convert part-time research into its full-time equivalent. For example, if you conducted part-time research for 1 year for ~50% of the time, this would equal 6 months of full-time research. Please do not include lab experiences associated with a course (e.g., organic chemistry course with lab).

3 YR MD Tertiary:

The Three-Year MD Pathway provides an accelerated track for a select group of eligible students. All students graduating from the Three-Year MD Pathway will be offered acceptance into the NYU Langone Medical Center residency program they selected at the time of admission by way of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

You can apply to the Three-Year MD Pathway at any time during your initial application to medical school. The application deadline is November 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. That said, your application will only be reviewed by the admissions committee and the residency programs if you are first accepted into the Four-Year MD Pathway.

Please note that we have an additional entry point into the Three-Year MD Pathway. Should you decide you are not ready to enter the pathway at this time, we have provided our matriculated first year medical students with the opportunity to opt into the Three-Year Pathway in available residency programs towards the end of their first year of medical school at NYU.

Finally, we are piloting an addition to our Three-Year MD Pathway for those applicants to medical school who already have a PhD and wish to obtain their MD to facilitate their research endeavors. This Three-Year PhD-MD Pathway is linked to research-focused residency tracks in some of our residency programs and provides unique benefits to those who wish to develop tomorrow’s biomedical discoveries as our future physician scientists.

Please select the residency program you wish to apply to:

Please describe your motivation for pursuing a residency, detailing how past experiences have shaped your desire to pursue this career path. (2500 characters)

What do you believe the three most important qualities are that make for not only a successful resident, but ultimately an ideal physician in this field? (2500 characters)

SUNY - Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

If there were periods longer than 3 months, from the time you graduated from high school to now, when you were not employed full-time or in college full-time, please briefly describe your activities. (Limit 150 words)

If you are not attending college full time as of September 15, please describe your activities for the period September 15 to July 1. (Limit 150 words)

If you are not from the 5 boroughs of New York City, describe what personal, urban experiences prepare you to live and study in New York City, and what will be your personal support system. (Limit 150 words)

If you had a completed application to the College of Medicine in a prior application cycle, please highlight any changes since your previous application in a list with dates. (Limit 150 words)

If you have a specific reason why you wish to attend SUNY Downstate or a medical school in New York City, please explain. (Limit 150 words)

SUNY - Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Submit a form regarding demographic info, interested specialties, and enrollment in online classes.

SUNY - Upstate Medical University

Has anyone in your family graduated from the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University? (1500 characters, name, program, year)

Please indicate the last MCAT exam you have taken and/or are you planning to take any upcoming MCAT exams and if so, when? Please remember that the deadline for completing your application is December (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

Have you completed your baccalaureate degree? If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year: (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

If you haven’t completed your baccalaureate degree yet, will you be doing so this academic year?

Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point? (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Will your education be continuous between college and medical school matriculation? If YES, please tell us about your proudest accomplishment to date. If NO, please explain what you have done or plan to do during the gap period and why. (Please limit your responses to 500 words per question)

DESCRIBE AN OBSTACLE YOU’VE OVERCOME AND HOW IT HAS DEFINED YOU.

MSTP:

Please describe the basic and/or clinical research fields that you think you might like to explore and/or develop expertise in during your MSTP training. To the extent that you have defined potential specific future clinical interests, please describe the type(s) of medicine that you might be interested in pursuing once you have completed the MSTP. (500 words).

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

Weill Cornell Medical College

If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2018-2019) academic year, what are your plans? (200 words)

Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (200 words)

Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it. (200 words)

For MD-PhD applicants only: Please list the names of any Tri-Institutional faculty members with whom you’d like to do research. You do not need to list reasons, names are sufficient. (200 words)

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North Carolina

Duke University School of Medicine

Tell us more about who you are. You may provide additional information that expands your self-identity where gender identification, racial and/or ethnic self description, geographic origin, socioeconomic, academic, and/or other characteristics that define who you are as you contemplate a career that will interface with people who are similar AND dissimilar to you. You will have the opportunity below to tell us how you wish to be addressed, recognized and treated. (500 words)

(Optional) In addition to the broad categorization of race, ethnicity, geographic origin, socioeconomic status as provided through your AMCAS application, you may use the text box below to provide additional clarifying information that may reflect the impact of any of these parameters on your development thus far as well as the impact that these may have had on your path to a career in medicine and your plans for the future. (200 words) 

Describe the community in which you were nurtured or spent the majority of your early development with respect to its demographics. What core values did you receive and how will these translate into the contributions that you hope to make to your community as a medical student and to your career in medicine? What improvements do you think might make the described community better? (500 words)

Describe a situation where you have chosen to advocate for someone who is different from yourself. What does advocacy mean to you and how has your advocacy developed? How do you see it linked to your role as a physician/leader? What risks, if any, might be associated with your choice to be an advocate? (500 words)

What has been your most humbling experience and how will that experience affect your interactions with your peers and patients? (500 words)

Describe a situation where you failed. What did you learn from the experience? Describe at least one functional impact of the experience. (500 words)

Critical thinking involves many aspects including curiosity, comprehension, application and analysis. Describe a time when you have utilized critical thinking. How do you anticipate critical thinking being used as part of your career? (400 words)

Many view medical care as an undeniable right. What responsibility does the medical profession have in taking care of all persons? (400 words)

(Optional) Please let us know of any additional information that you would like us to consider while reviewing your application:

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Please complete this section using the prompt given. Your essay should be limited to 300-500 words and it is strongly recommended that you not copy and paste your AMCAS application essay.

Reflect on your reasons for desiring to study medicine, your future professional aspirations, your most significant clinical experience, and also your most meaningful non-medical experience.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

We have all tried something and failed. Describe a situation, or an experience, you’ve had when you were unsuccessful. Tell us what you learned from this experience. (1000 characters)

Much of health care delivery involves teamwork. In what endeavor have you engaged that required a team approach? What was your role and what did you learn from working with this team? (1000 characters)

Give an example of how you made a difference in someone’s life and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (1000 characters)

What motivates you to apply to UNC School of Medicine? (1000 characters)

Wake Forest School of Medicine

The Committee on Admissions values diversity as an important factor in the educational mission of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. How will you contribute to the diversity of your medical school class and to the medical community in general? (400 words)

What obstacles or challenges have you experienced and how have you dealt with them? (400 words)

How has creativity helped you in your studies, work, activities, volunteering, or life in general? (400 words)

Briefly summarize your journey from the time you became interested in a medical career to filling out this secondary application. Do not focus on why you wish to pursue a medical career, but how you got to where you are now. (400 words)

Please tell us an interesting fact about yourself that a casual acquaintance may find surprising or interesting. (50 words)

(Optional) If you have already received your bachelor’s degree, please describe what you have been doing since graduation and your plans for the upcoming year. (200 words)

(Optional) Describe any connection you have to Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, or North Carolina.

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North Dakota

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

We ask that you be thorough but try to keep each answer to 1600 characters or less (not including spaces).

Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth

The primary purpose of the UND SMHS is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Given the purpose of the school, please explain how you do or will fulfill this mission.

Describe your experience with life in a rural and/or Native American community.

What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school this year?

What are your career plans in the event that you don’t ever get admitted to medical school?

If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal and institutional infractions, etc.).

Please see “Residency Preferences” on the UND SMHS Admissions website. Describe your ties to the state of North Dakota or how you qualify for the other residency groups described there.

Are you an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe? If yes, please describe your connection to this or other Native American communities. If no, you do not need to complete this question.

Are you currently enrolled in a grant-funded and/or degree-granting post-baccalaureate program? If so, what is your timeline for completion?

UND SMHS REAPPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience.

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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Please limit your response to 300-1000 characters, and leave a blank line between paragraphs.

Greatest Challenge: The admissions committee is interested in gaining more insight into you as a person. Please describe a significant personal challenge you have faced, one which you feel has helped to shape you as a person. Examples may include a moral or ethical dilemma, a situation of personal adversity, or a hurdle in your life that you worked hard to overcome. Please include how you got through the experience and what you learned about yourself as a result. Please limit your response to 1 page (about 3,500 characters), and leave a blank line between paragraphs. 

Gap Year: Did you take a gap year? Yes / No If you are taking time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation, please tell us in no more than four sentences what you are doing during this gap, and why.

Small Group Essay: If you were working on a small group project and you thought that another student wasn’t carrying his/her load, how would you handle it?

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine 

Please limit your response to 1 page (about 3,500 characters), and leave a blank line between paragraphs. If the 3,500 character recommendation is exceeded, your essay WILL still be saved in its entirety.

Required: Research: Please describe the hypothesis of your research, why the methods were selected to answer that hypothesis, your results and interpretation of your results with respect to future findings. If you have not participated in research or scholarly work, please indicate so in the text area below.

Required Essay: Small Group Essay: If you were working on a small group project and you thought that another student wasn’t carrying his/her load, how would you handle it? (300-1000 characters, leave a blank line between paragraphs) 

Optional: Additional Information Essay Is there any further information that you wish to share with the Admissions Committee? This optional response will only be considered by the University Program.

Required for College Program: Areas of Improvement Essay: Each year our students target for themselves areas of improvement. Other than the acquisition of new knowledge, what personal area do you think you have that could use strengthening? Design a plan as to how you could improve it.(500-1000 characters, leave a blank line between paragraphs)

Required for College Program: Criticism and Feedback Essay: Tell us about a time when you received unexpected criticism or negative feedback. How did you react? What did you do? (500-1000 characters, leave a blank line between paragraphs)

Required for College Program: Career Essay: How do you see your career ten years from now? (500-1000 characters, leave a blank line between paragraphs)

Required for College Program: Teaching Essay: When were you challenged to teach, coach, or mentor others to learn a new skill or improve an old one? Please describe how it went and what you learned from the experience. (500-1000 characters, leave a blank line between paragraphs)

Required for College Program: Gap Year Essay: If you took a gap year, please describe how you spent that time. (500 characters)

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Please complete a brief personal statement of 5,000 characters or fewer addressing the question below:

What do you hope to achieve from your experience as a NEOMED student?

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

(Required) The mission statement of The Ohio State University College of Medicine is to “improve people’s lives” through innovation in research, medical education, and patient care. Please describe how your past experiences predict your potential to contribute in two of these three areas. (250 words)

(Required) The OSU COM Admissions vision statement states that the admissions committee will assemble a class that displays “diversity in background and thought.” Why is “diversity in background and thought” a desirable characteristic for a medical school’s student body? (250 words)

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences 

Briefly describe why you wish to attend medical school at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. As part of this essay, please discuss, if applicable, any personal connection you may have to The University of Toledo, the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences/former Medical College of Ohio, the city of Toledo, or the region of Northwest Ohio. (300 words)

Discuss any important aspects of your personal background, identity, or educational journey that you feel would give the Admissions Committee greater insight into your medical school application. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation to pursue a career in medicine. Examples might include: challenges you’ve overcome in accessing education; identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity; unique pathways to medical school application via professional employment, military service, family caregiving, and other circumstances. (700 words)

One of the AAMC Core Competencies for entering medical students involves cultural competence: “Demonstrates knowledge of socio-cultural factors that affect interactions and behaviors ; shows an appreciation and respect for multiple dimensions of diversity; recognizes and acts on the obligation to inform one’s own judgment; engages diverse and competing perspectives as a resource for learning, citizenship, and work; recognizes and appropriately addresses bias in themselves and others; interacts effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.” Discuss a specific experience from your life that you feel demonstrates your cultural competence. (700 words)

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

The application begins with multiple questions regarding possible convictions and previous matriculations, with 750 characters each for explanations.

If you will not be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program between now and matriculation, provide a thorough explanation of all activities planned between now and your matriculation into medical school (Fall 2019). (1000 characters)

Briefly describe what specific resources or opportunities offered by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine you intend to utilize as a medical student and explain how these are consistent with your own interests. Please consider the uniqueness of our opportunities, our institution, our city, and/or our mission. (2000 char)

The University of Cincinnati is highly committed to selecting and cultivating students who can transform the field of medicine through the use of their distinct talents and attributes. Please tell us how you offer “diversity of thought” to our incoming class. Please also consider sharing unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background that represent the diversity that you bring. (2000 char)

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Was there a gap between achieving your last degree and expected matriculation into medical school? If so, please describe how you used this time. If not, please enter “not applicable”. (250 characters)

Would you describe yourself as a non-traditional candidate for medical school (For example, a career change)? If so, please explain why. If not, please enter “not applicable”. (250 characters)

What ties do you have to the state of Ohio in general, Dayton, Ohio or Wright State University in particular? If none, please enter “not applicable”. (250 characters)

Briefly describe any extenuating circumstances (ie. Poor grades, withdrawn courses, life events) which you feel may be pertinent to your application. If none, please enter “not applicable”. (250 characters)

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Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Tulsa SCM track only:

Please submit an essay (450 words or less) that explains your interest and commitment to Community Medicine.

Please explain (in 250 words or less) how you expect the SCM track to enhance your medical education.

Please enter any additional community or volunteer experience not included on your AMCAS application. (no word limit)

Please enter any other relevant life experience that you feel might have an impact on your application to the SCM track. (no word limit)

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Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

General MD Questions:

What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 characters)

What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 characters)

Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience. (1500 characters)

Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted. (1500 characters)

Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 characters)

Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 characters)

MD/PhD Questions:

What specifically interests you in the OHSU MD/PhD program? (1500 char)

Please list 3-5 faculty members at OHSU whose research is of interest to you. (1500 char)

Thinking about one of your research projects, how could the results affect the way we diagnose and treat patients? If your research is non-biomedical, describe how it advances scientific knowledge. (1500 char)

List publications and grants.

Please tell us the graduate program at OHSU you are most interested in (this is not binding)

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Pennsylvania

Drexel University College of Medicine

(Required) We at Drexel University College of Medicine have a rich history and a valued mission. Each individual contributes to, supports and enriches our community. Please share with us how you plan on contributing to our College (200 words maximum)

(Optional) What else do you feel is important for us to know about you? Please use this space to highlight something not addressed in your application, including new experiences not in your AMCAS application. (200 words maximum)

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee? (Maximum 75 words)

Explain why you decided to apply to the Penn State College of Medicine. (Maximum 75 words)

Write a short paragraph describing a significant experience you have had working in a team setting. (Maximum 250 words)

Write a short statement describing how you envision using your medical education to advance care for under-represented or marginalized populations. (Maximum 250 words)

Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

Have you taken any online courses for credit?

Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?

Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? If you answer yes, a 1,000 char prompt to elaborate appears.

Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?

Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) (1000 characters if you answer yes)

Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters if yes)

Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates

Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

Sexual and Gender Identity (optional) Do you identify as (please check all that apply): Heterosexual/Straight | Gay | Lesbian | Bisexual | Asexual | Queer | Other 

Do you identify as (please check all that apply): Cisgender | Transgender | Gender non-conforming | Gender non-binary | Other 

Please let us know if you have a preferred name and/or preferred Gender Pronouns.

MSTP:

Additional pages to check your preferred research group at the time of application (History and Sociology of Medicine, Anthropology, and Business/Economics have further requirements). Also a 500 character box to list keywords related to your research interests.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Do you have any additional information that hasn’t been covered? (4000 characters)

Temple University Lewis Kratz School of Medicine 

What is the nature of your interest in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine?*

How do you plan on contributing to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Community?*LKSOM seeks an engaged student body with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and interests to enhance the medical school experience for everyone. Please use the space below to describe what makes you unique as an applicant, an obstacle that you had to overcome, or how you will contribute to the LKSOM community. (2,000 characters)

LKSOM seeks an engaged student body with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and interests to enhance the medical school experience for everyone. Please use the space below to describe what makes you unique as an applicant, an obstacle that you had to overcome, or how you will contribute to the LKSOM community. (2,000 characters)

Tell us why you selected your first choice ranked Clinical/Regional Campus. (2,000 characters)

What are your plans for the current year – June 2018 until June 2019? (2,000 characters)

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Tell us about a challenging problem you faced and how you resolved it. (250 words or less)*

UPSOM is a culturally diverse and talented community. How would you enrich/enliven the UPSOM community? The essay should discuss material that is not included in the rest of your application. (250 words or less)*

(Optional) Is there anything additional that you would like to address that is not already reflected in your application? (250 words or less)

MSTP:

Choose current graduate program of interest, choose 3 faculty from a given list, provide up to 2 additional faculty you could see yourself working with in graduate school, and then:

Briefly describe what appeals to you about the faculty member(s) in your selection, and how the selected graduate program and our MSTP match your interests.*

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Puerto Rico

Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences

List/describe: Academic honors, Research experience/ Publications, Community service/ volunteer work

Explain your interest in graduate studies and your long-range professional plan.

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine 

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

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Rhode Island

Brown University The Warren Alpert Medical School 

NOTE: Interviews occur on Thursday’s and/or Friday’s beginning in mid-September and finishing in February. Please detail any significant limitations on your availability during this time, such as international travel, work or courses. You may use the text box below to explain your limited availability. (if none, leave blank) (500 characters)

Summarize your activities during the 2018-2019 academic year. Describe how your activities are preparing you for a medical career. (2000 characters)

How will your unique attributes (e.g., cultural or socioeconomic background, lifestyle, work experiences) add to the overall diversity of the Alpert Medical School community? (2000 characters)

What are your aspirations for your medical practice? Fast-forward to 15 years in the future: where do you imagine yourself? (3000 characters)

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South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

What are your medical practice goals? (2000 characters)

If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor’s degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates). (2000 characters)

In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (2000 characters)

What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (2000 characters)

Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (2000 characters)

University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

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South Dakota

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Given the mission statement of the school, please explain how your experiences and long term goals would help meet the mission.

Given the diversity statement of the school, explain how your background and experiences with diversity will bring value to the school.

Describe how your experiences in health care or social care activities will help you become a good physician.

Briefly describe a crisis or significant challenge in your life, how you have worked through the crisis or challenge, and what you have learned from this experience.

What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to a medical school this year or after several applications?

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Tennessee

East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine 

The AMCAS application is not designed to capture unique, special, or unusual circumstances. With this in mind, what other information would help the Admissions Committee obtain a more comprehensive picture of your candidacy? Examples of issues that a candidate might address include, but are by no means limited to, such topics as:

If there have been breaks in your school attendance since high school, or if you ever carried less than a full-time course load in college, or if you took more than four years to finish college, what did you choose to do with the time and why?

What endeavors other than medicine have you abandoned or postponed in order to pursue your current path, and how did you make those decisions?

Why would you be a good fit for Quillen?

These are just examples. You may address any topic that you want the admissions committee to consider. However, please remember that the task is to expand thoughtfully upon the AMCAS application, not to repeat it. The information provided should, to the greatest extent possible, not duplicate information found elsewhere in the AMCAS application and must be limited to 5000 characters.

Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

Why do you wish to attend Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine?

Please describe a personal situation of failure, significant challenge or a major obstacle that you have overcome. Include a description of your coping skills and lessons you learned about yourself from that situation.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Autobiography: Write a brief autobiography. As completely and precisely as possible, give a picture of yourself, your family, and events you consider important to you. In doing so, identify the values that are of greatest importance to you. If you have completed your undergraduate education, please comment on what you have done or have been doing since graduation. (1200 words)

Challenge: Please discuss a challenging situation or obstacle you have faced in the past. Why was it challenging? How did you handle it? Knowing what you know now, would you do anything differently? What did you learn? (500 words)

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Texas

Baylor College of Medicine 

Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information. (2000 characters)

What did you do during your gap year? (2000 characters)

Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice? (2000 characters)

MSTP:

Please describe your primary research Interests for the PhD portion of dual degree training including potential Baylor College of Medicine or Rice University faculty with whom you would like to work. (Will not limit final research project or mentor selection) (2000 characters)

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Describe briefly any experiences and/or skills that have made you more sensitive or appreciative of other cultures or the human condition. (3500 characters)

The honor code for the Texas A&M College of Medicine is: “A Texas A&M medical student is a professional who exhibits leadership, honesty, integrity, compassion, respect and self-discipline.” Please briefly discuss what activities or personal attributes demonstrate best that you would be a good custodian of our honor code (3500 characters)

Describe any circumstances indicative of some hardship, such as, but not limited to, financial difficulties, personal or family illness, a medical condition, a death in the immediate family or educational disadvantage. (Do not leave blank. If not applicable, please so indicate. 3500 characters)

(Optional) List the area (or areas) of medicine that appeals to you and briefly explain. (Limit your explanation to 50 words or 250 characters for each area of interest you list.) Do not leave blank. If not applicable, please so indicate.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

“The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is to provide an outstanding education and development opportunities for a diverse group of students, residents, faculty, and staff; advance knowledge through innovation and research; and serve the needs of our socially and culturally diverse communities and regions.” Recognizing the components of this mission and that PLFSOM is located on the US/Mexico border, please describe why you are interested in applying to our school. (300 words or less)

Please describe how a parent, guardian, friend, relative, or mentor influenced your aspirations to obtain a medical degree. If not applicable, please so indicate. (300 words or less)

The TTUHSC medical student honor code states “In my capacity as a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine medical student, I will uphold the dignity of the medical profession. I will, to the best of my ability, avoid actions which might result in harm to my patients. I will protect the dignity of my patients and the deceased, and will protect their confidential information in accordance with the prevailing standards of medical practice. I will not lie, cheat, or steal. I will enter into professional relationships with my colleagues, teachers, and other health care professionals in a manner that is respectful and reflective of the high standards and expectations of my profession. I will not tolerate violations of this Code by others and will report such violations to the appropriate authorities.” Please describe briefly past experiences or personal attributes that reflect your affinity with this honor code. (300 words or less)

Please describe any personal experiences OR disadvantage (educational, financial or otherwise) and their significance to you in your pursuit of a medical degree. If not applicable, please so indicate. (300 words or less)

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine – Lubbock

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is responsible for providing primary health care to 108 counties of West Texas. We are interested in hearing about the areas of medicine that interest you.

Please indicate the area(s) of medicine you are interested in and briefly describe your significant activities for each respective interest in the available text box.

1. Areas of interest: 100 words or less each
a. FMAT
b. Practicing in an underserved area
c. Rural health
d. Medical Research
e. Medical Academics
f. Primary Care
g. Border Health
h. Public Health Other (Please describe below)

2. Of the activities listed in your primary application, identify 3 that you consider to be the most meaningful in your pursuit of a medical career and explain why. (300 words or less) 

3. Have you experienced any road bumps in your academic career? (Low academic performance, dropping, retaking, or failing courses, etc.)
a. Yes
b. No

4. What do you like or dislike most about the area you are from; your hometown? (300 words or less) 

5. Please describe what you would see as the “ideal” practice for you. (Where, what type of practice – clinic, hospital, specialty, who would be your patients, etc.). (300 words or less) 

6. If you are applying to a dual degree program, please briefly describe your motivation to pursue this program and any other pertinent information. (e.g. research interests, steps taken to prepare yourself) (350 words or less)
a. MD/MBA
b. MD/MPH
c. FMAT
d. MD/PhD (must complete the AMCAS application as the primary application)
e. MD/JD (must complete the AMCAS application as the primary application)
f. I am not applying to a dual degree or special program

7. Are you applying to FMAT?
a. Yes
b. No

8. Please tell us about your favorite recreational/leisure activities (300 words or less).

9. Do you consider yourself from West Texas or as having West Texas ties?
a. Yes
b. No

10. Have you participated in any special programs offered by a medical school to help prepare yourself for medical school and a career in medicine?
a. Yes
b. No

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School 

From the “Applicant’s Guide to Admissions” on the Dell Admin page, info about Dell’s unique ‘video secondary’:

In an effort to give a greater number of applicants the opportunity to present themselves to the selection committee in their own voice, Dell Medical School utilizes a unique video secondary application. Applicants selected for the Full Review will be sent an invitation to complete the video secondary application. This invitation e-mail will include a link to the application portal, as well as instruction on how to prepare for the interview. There is no fee for completing the video secondary which consists of 3 short questions. Candidates will have two minutes to record their responses to each question. These questions address specific attributes related to the mission of Dell Medical School and give the candidate an opportunity to high-light how they feel their experiences complement this mission.

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston 

How have your experiences prepared you to be a physician? (2500 characters)

Describe a time or situation where you have been unsuccessful or failed. What did you learn from this experience and how have you applied this learning to your work and/or life? (2500 characters)

What would you like to contribute and be remembered for in medicine? (2500 characters)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

List three adjectives that characterize the community in which you grew up.

Briefly describe the community you anticipate practicing medicine in post-residency: (100 word max)

In the event you are accepted to two or more medical schools, what factors would be most important in determining which school would be the “best fit” for you. (150 word max)

The UTRGV SOM educates future physicians with the following values in mind: Patient Advocacy, Community-Focus, Cultural Awareness, Collaborative Leadership Style, Lifelong Problem Solving. 

Choose TWO (2) of these values and explain their importance to you and how they integrate with each other. Please explain how this integration will impact your medical school education.

(Required) Describe experience you have had unrelated to science or medicine.

Select 2 out of the 3. (Experiences may be used more than once to address each category. Limit your answers to the space provided.)

Briefly describe the experience

State the circumstances of the experience (why you participated)

What you learned about yourself through that experience

Describe a situation in which you interacted with individuals who were different from you: (150 words)

Our Mission at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School Of Medicine (UTRGV SOM) is to educate a diverse group of medical students and future biomedical scientists; to develop physicians who will serve across all disciplines of medicine; bring hope to patients and communities by advancing biomedical knowledge through research. Our goal is to provide a forward-thinking medical education experience dedicated to scientific, evidence-based, patient-centered medicine to serve all communities, including those underserved. Submit a 2 minute video that answers the question below. To submit a video of your response, please upload the video to YouTube as either Public or Unlisted. Do not upload it as Private. Enter the URL of the uploaded video into the text box below. 

How does your background and/or experiences align with UTRGV SOM Mission? 

A community service experience. (150 words)

A position of responsibility/authority in which others depended on you for direction. (150 words)

A creative endeavor (anything that required you to be creative in your approach, such as fine arts, computer programming, web design, writing, etc.). (150 words)

University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio 

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Please use specific, concrete examples from your past experiences.

(Required) Describe a group project or activity of which you are most proud. Consider the following in your response: What aspect made you most proud? How was it accomplished? How did you deal with disagreement or conflict in the group? How did you get fellow group members to embrace a position or view your perspective? (5000 characters)

(Required) Describe a time that you have witnessed someone acting unethically or dishonestly, or experienced behavior of harassment or discrimination. Consider the following in your response: What did you do? What made the situation difficult for you personally? Describe your reaction and what you might do differently now in retrospect. (5000 characters)

(Required) Describe an example of a very difficult assignment, task, or situation that you did not think you could accomplish. Consider the following in your response: How did you approach it? If you were tempted to quit, why did or didn’t you? What made you stay the course despite obstacles? What did you learn from the experience? (5000 characters)

(Optional) Have you engaged in any public service activities for a duration of greater than a year in length (examples: Military, Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.). Yes or No? If so, please describe the experience and impact on your personal and professional development. (5000 characters)

(Optional) Please explain any academic discrepancies or extenuating circumstances that you feel the Admissions Committee should know. (5000 characters)

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Utah

University of Utah School of Medicine 

No Secondary Essay prompts for this cycle.

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Vermont

The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Please reflect on a difficult and challenging non-academic experience you have faced. Include a description of the stressful event, how you dealt with it and what you have learned about others and yourself through this process. (500 words max)

The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont strongly values diversity. Larner COM recognizes that diversity extends beyond chosen and unchosen identities, and encompasses the entirety of an individual’s experiences. These experiences embody many dimensions that include (but are not limited to) the personal, familial, geographic, intellectual, economic, professional, linguistic, and societal domains. Thus, each and every member of the Larner COM community brings a unique perspective to a shared goal of training compassionate and competent physicians. With this in mind, please reflect on your own diverse experiences and how those will allow you to successfully participate in teams and engage in active learning with your peers at the Larner COM. When composing your response please consider how these experiences impacted your understanding of others and yourself as well as any new insights gained. (500 words max).

(Optional) Additional Comments: (500 words max)

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Virginia

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Briefly describe your exposure to medicine. (2000 characters)

What do you think you will like best about being a physician? (2000 characters)

What do you think you will like least about being a physician? (2000 characters)

Describe yourself and your medical career as you see it ten years from now. (2000 characters)

Please indicate your reasons for applying to EVMS. (2000 characters)

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 

Medicine is a lifelong learning career where new understandings of diseases are constantly changing and new medications are continuously being added, yet motivating patients continues to be a stimulating challenge. Please discuss in 2000 characters or less ways physicians address this issue. You may use resources to answer this question, mention them but footnotes are not necessary.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Tell us about constructive criticism you have received, or a personal challenge you have experienced, that you found particularly impactful. Please describe how that experience has advanced your development as a future physician thought leader. (400 - 600 words)

Explain how interactions with people who are different from you have shaped your world view and relate how you would enrich the VTC community. (400 - 600 words)

What, in your opinion, makes the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine different, and why is that important to you? (400 - 600 words)

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Why are you interested in attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine? What factors will be most important to you in choosing a medical school? (350 words)

How will you contribute to the diversity of your medical school class and the University of Virginia School of Medicine? (350 words)

Describe a situation which you found challenging. How did you manage it? (350 words)

For MSTP applicants, there is also a fourth essay of 350 words or less with the following prompt:

Below, please briefly discuss:

a) the areas of biomedical research that interest you the most and why.

b) the discovery in your laboratory experience that excited you the most and why.

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Washington

University of Washington School of Medicine

An autobiographical statement which should include (250 word limit):

1. the origin and development of your motivation to be a physician
2. your prior experiences in health care
3. steps taken to explore a career in medicine
4. your eventual goals as a physician
5. personal attributes that would make you a good physician

Please do not repeat what you wrote in your AMCAS Personal Comments (this will already be on file with our office). If you have already covered all of the above topics in your AMCAS application, use this space to let the Admissions Committee know who you are in addition to being someone who wants to be a physician.

How have your experiences prepared you to be a physician? (250 words)

What perspectives or experiences do you bring that would enrich the class? (250 words)

What obstacles have you experienced and how have you overcome them? (250 words)

How have societal inequities in the U.S. affected you or patients you have worked with? (250 words)

For re-applicants: From your most recent application until now, how have you strengthened your application? (250 words)

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West Virginia

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine 

Why did you decide to apply to Marshall? (5000 characters)

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you want to serve or practice medicine? (5000 characters)

If you are not presently attending school, indicate your employment or other plans for the time prior to your planned enrollment in medical school. (5000 characters)

They do also ask for moving/traffic violations and give a couple boxes to explain any ties to WV, Marshall, or the School of Medicine. (5000 characters)

Nonresidents won’t start being reviewed till November, with interviews starting in January. (5000 characters)

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Why did you choose to apply to West Virginia University School of Medicine?

Choose 4 of the following, all 150 word counts:

Tell us one unique fact about yourself

Every accepted student to the Class of 2023 will bring varied experiences to enhance the learning environment. If accepted, what can you teach your classmates; and in turn, what are you hoping to learn from them?

Advocacy in medicine can come in many forms. Please describe a situation when you advocated for someone else.

Name a character to whom you can relate from any book and tell us why

While shadowing physicians, you have likely witnessed excellent role models. In some instances, you may have witnessed a negative doctor-patient encounter. If you have witnessed a negative encounter, please describe how you would have handled the situation differently if you were the physician.

Students are a crucial part of the medical team, and often students bring innovative ideas to challenging situations. Please provide a creative solution to a major health issue in West Virginia.

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Wisconsin

Medical College of Wisconsin

Explain how your unique background, identity, interests, or talents will contribute to the MCW learning community and how MCW will uniquely prepare you for your future goals. (2000 characters)

Recount a time when you failed or made a decision you regret. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? (2000 characters)

MCW values the unique backgrounds and identities of our incoming students. Please indicate if any of the following apply to you. Check all that apply - checking any of the above boxes creates a text box titled “Please provide additional details.” (2000 characters)

I belong to a race or ethnicity considered underrepresented in medicine.

I identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

I am the first person in my immediate family to attend college (excluding siblings).

I was born or grew up in a rural community.

I come from an economically disadvantaged background.

I attended an underperforming elementary, middle, or high school.

My primary language is NOT English.

I have overcome a significant hardship.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

For MSTP:

Please describe the research that you would like to do as an MSTP student at the University of Wisconsin to prepare you for a career as a researcher and leader in medicine. This may include specific scientists, laboratories, facilities or programs. (Limit response to 500 words.)

For all:

(Optional) The Admissions Committee takes many factors into consideration when reviewing your application. A successful applicant is frequently one who communicates what makes them exceptional and why they will become an outstanding physician. You are invited but not required to provide additional information in this essay.

Some applicants tell us about hardships and challenges that they have faced in their lives and how these experiences have helped them become caring and compassionate individuals. Other applicants use this space to emphasize a particular passion they have related to their future career in medicine. If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, you may want to tell us why you are interested in the University of Wisconsin or about a special connection that you may have to our state or people who live here.

Our goal is to gain insight into you as a unique applicant. You may include anything in this essay that you feel is relevant. (Limit response to 500 words.)

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