The following is a list of every secondary question for the 2014-2015 application cycle (unless specified). The schools are listed alphabetical order, so feel free to browse through the schools that you’re applying for. For most schools, we were able to identify the word/character limit. However, not every school gave out this information. Therefore, for those schools we would recommend to limit your responses to around 1000 characters.
*Remember that “Optional Essays” are really not optional, unless they are yes/no questions that don’t apply to you. However, if they ask “Is there anything not in your AMCAS that you would like to let the adcoms know? – Optional”, you must think of something to write about. Very rarely will leaving this blank lead to an acceptance.
**To maintain your competitive advantage, please do not post these questions online or share them digitally.
***These directory was primarily designed for prewriting. If secondaries have already been released, check to make sure the essays are still the same before starting to write.
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- If you have previously applied to medical school, but were unsuccessful, how have you spent your time since then?
- Please explain any inconsistencies in your university, graduate, or professional school academic performance and/or MCAT scores. (1000 characters)
- Describe yourself. (1000 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. (1000 characters)
- Tell us one thing about yourself that would help the Admissions Committee determine if you should be admitted to our program. (1000 characters)
- 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. (1000 characters)
- If your school has a Premedical Advisory Committee but you are not using that service, please indicate why. (1000 characters)
Yes or no for each question, with a limit of 100 words to explain for each one.
- I have taken time off between high school and college
- I have taken time off during my undergraduate years
- I have taken off at least a year since college graduation
- I plan to take off this year, after just having graduated, while I apply to medical school.
- I have taken and received credit for online courses
- I have worked part- or full-time, for pay, during the academic year while in college.
- I have applied to medical school previously
- I have submitted an AMCAS application to Einstein previously
- I am presently enrolled in the Sue Golding Graduate Division
- I am presently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Yeshiva University
- I had been accepted to medical school previously but chose not to matriculate
- I had been enrolled previously in a medical school
- I have not yet completed all of the competencies
- I will have a Baccalaureate Degree by the time I matriculate in medical school
- I am presently holding a deferred enrollment to a medical/professional school
- I have received a grade of “F” during my college/graduate school years
- I have received a grade of “D” during my college/graduate school years
- I have received a grade of “W” during my college/graduate school years
- I have received a grade of “I” during my college/graduate school years
- I have transferred from one college to another during my undergraduate years
- I have been the recipient of a warning notice for a non-academic issue that did not result in a disciplinary action
- I have been subject to a disciplinary action and/or an administrative action, expunged or not, while in school
- How many warnings did you receive prior to an action being placed on your record?
- I have disciplinary charges pending
- I have been convicted of a crime
- I expect that there will be criminal charges brought against me which are now pending
- I have been prohibited or suspended from practicing in a professional capacity due to or as a result of alleged misconduct
- 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. (2000 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. (2000 Characters)
Optional Essay 3000 Characters
- We have found that for most applicants, an extra essay written expressly for Boston University adds little to the information content of the portfolio. While we no longer require an essay, some applicants feel that additional information is necessary in order to provide us with a comprehensive understanding of their strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine. If you wish, use the space below to offer an essay or any other information, addressing any issue you feel is of importance. If you choose to use the space, please do not duplicate information provided elsewhere in this Supplemental Application or in material you have submitted to AMCAS. For most applicants, no supplementary essay will be necessary and this space can be left blank.
Brown University (Warren)
- Do you have limited Interview availability for the 2014-2015 admissions cycle? (500 Characters)
- Summarize your activities during the 2014-2015 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 char)
- Imagine that you are approached by a multibillionaire philanthropist who wants to donate a substantial fund of money to a single project with the goal of “fixing the US healthcare system.” He/she asks for your expert opinion on what project this money should go towards; what would you advise and why? (2000 Characters – MD-ScM Program only)
- Often when we talk about medicine, we focus on the individual physician-patient relationship. Why should medical schools train future physicians to care for communities and populations as a whole, and not just individual patients? (2000 Characters – MD-ScM Program only)
Case Western Reserve University
- The admissions committee is interested in gaining more insight into you as a person. Please describe the greatest personal challenge you have faced, one which you feel has helped to shape you as a person. Examples may include a time when you felt you were “in over your head,” or a time when you felt personally criticized. You may also discuss 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 may have learned about yourself as a result. (3500 Characters)
- 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)
- One of the four pillars of the Western Reserve2 Curriculum is Research and Scholarship. Although research is not a pre-requisite requirement for the University Track, if you have participated in research or in another scholarly project please tell us about it. Describe your experience, including the question you pursued and how you approached it, your results and interpretation of the results, and most importantly, any thoughts about what this experience meant to you. Remember that the definition of research is broadly-based and can include such projects as a senior capstone or a thesis, and can include both medically and non-medically-relatedinvestigations. (3500 Characters)
- Is there any further information that you wish to share with the Admissions Committee? This could include information about your academic history, personal life or any other area that is of importance to you.
Central Michigan University
- Write an individual mission statement for your career in medicine. The statement should be focused and actionable on a limited number of goals. It should be short, memorable, and as meaningful as possible. The statement can be no more than 5 sentences. (maximum of 250 words)
- Please tell us why you are interested in attending the CMU College of Medicine (CMED)? (maximum 250 words)
- CMED is committed to recruiting a student body that represents the diversity of our community, our state, and our nation. How do you define diversity, what experience have you had with diversity, and how would you benefit from an environment that embraces diversity? (maximum of 250 words)
- In looking beyond graduation from medical school, please describe what you anticipate will be your most meaningful opportunity as a physician. (maximum of 250 words)
- Please provide any additional information that you wish the CMED admissions committee to consider. (i.e., novel experiences, extenuating circumstances, alternate life paths, etc.) (maximum of 250 words)
Additional Essay for Out of State Applicants
- Please describe any ties that you have to Central Michigan University and/or the state of Michigan. (maximum of 150 words)
- 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 words)
- Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? (300 words)
- If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in the interim. (300 words)
- 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)
Cornell University (Weill)
- If you are not attending college during the upcoming 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)
- Please state your reasons for applying to Creighton University School of Medicine. (2000 Characters)
- How will becoming a Creighton educated physician enable you to achieve your lifetime goals and/or aspirations? (2000 Characters)
- Please describe your current activities/employment if you are not currently enrolled as a fulltime student. (2000 Characters)
- Please indicate your plans for the 2013-14 academic year. If in school, please list your courses. If working, let us know something about the nature of your job.
- 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.
- Please give details about any interruption or time away from your education, which includes the time since graduation. Detail your activities for each year away from school.
- 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 is the most difficult obstacle you have faced? What resources did you marshal to confront it? How did the experience affect you and/or transform your life?
- What has been your most humbling experience and how will that experience affect your interactions with your peers and patients?
Optional Essays (Pick one)
- Giving Back To Your Community: What is the value of giving back to your community? Is it a more important attribute of a physician than of others performing other roles within a community?
- How are You Misunderstood: What are people most likely to misunderstand about you and why?
- Toughest Feedback: What is the toughest feedback that you ever received? How did you handle it and what did you learn from it?
East Carolina (Brody)
- Please use this area to submit a composition of 300-500 words which reflects your reasons for desiring to study medicine, your future professional aspirations, your most significant clinical experience, and also your most meaningful non-medical experience. Please DO NOT copy and paste your AMCAS essay.
East Tennessee (Quillen)
Essays should total 5000 characters max
- 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.
Eastern Virginia Medical School
- Briefly describe you exposure to medicine.
- What do you think you will like best about being a physician?
- What do you think you will like least about being a physician?
- Describe yourself and your medical career as you see it ten years from now.
- Please indicate you reasons for applying to EVMS.
- List your entire curriculum plan for the 2014-2015 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)
Florida Atlantic University (Schmidt)
- In the event that you are accepted to two or more medicals schools, what factors would be most important in determining which school would be the “best fit” for you. (1200 characters limit)
- Describe any compelling humanitarian reason you have to attend our College of Medicine. If none, leave blank. (1200 characters limit)
Select an experience unrelated to science or medicine that you’ve had in each of the categories below. Just name the experience and then write a very brief statement about why you did the experience and/or what was the most important thing(s) you learned about yourself from doing it. You may write about a new experience or one listed in your AMCAS application. An experience may be used more than once. Leaving categories blank will not make your application incomplete. Limit your answers to the spaces provided. A community service experience (unrelated to science or patient care). (1200 characters limit)
- An employment experience (a job you held for pay unrelated to science or medicine). (1200 characters limit)
- A position of responsibility/authority (in which others depended on you for direction). (1200 characters limit)
- A creative endeavor (anything that required you to be creative in your approach, e.g. art, dance, music, computer programming, web site design, writing). (1200 characters limit)
- A situation in which you interacted with individuals who were different from you. (1200 characters limit)
- Sports, travel, pets, hobbies: Choose one of the following and write about it as you did in 1-5 above: a) a sport in which you participate or follow); b) your most memorable travel experience; c) pet(s) for which you provided care; or d) an avocation (most important thing you do for distraction). (1200 characters limit)
Florida International University
- Given the unique mission of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, please describe how your personal characteristics and values make you a suitable candidate for medicine. How will you contribute to the student body? (1200 Characters)
- Describe how you have handled a personal or academic challenge. Focus on what you learned about yourself and how it will help you face possible challenges in medical school. (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)
- Give an example when you were part of a team. What was your role in the team? How did you contribute to this task group? How often did you interact with other team members? (1200 Characters)
Florida State University
- Indicate your significant travel experiences and include the circumstances.
- Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.)
- Identify any other traits, habits, experiences, interests, etc., that a professor or advisor would not normally learn about you.
- 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?
- ACT/SAT Scores (if any)
- Please enter your ACT and SAT scores if you have taken these tests.
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
George Washington University
- Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty, or plead no lo contendere (i.e., no contest, I do not wish to contend) to a criminal offense? Have you ever been arrested for a felony or misdemeanor? If yes, please provide a description. (500 characters)
- Did you indicate that you were the recipient of any institutional action on your AMCAS application? If yes, please provide a description here: (500 characters)
- 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 2014-2015 application cycle, or from the point of application through matriculation in 2015. (750 characters)
- What is your most significant achievement outside the classroom? (750 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)
- 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)
- 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? * Please note: Essays should not exceed one single-spaced page at 12 point font (5,000 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)
- If you have already graduated, briefly summarize your activities since graduation. (4000 characters)
- 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 characters)
- 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. (1000 characters)
- If you are currently not a matriculated student, please indicate what you have been doing since the time of graduation until now.(1500 Characters)
- If your undergraduate education was interrupted for any reason, please indicate the reasons, the duration of the interruption, and how you spent your time.(1500 Characters)
- Please share anything your application does not include, but that you would like to bring to our attention. For example, is there anything special you would add to our School?(1500 Characters)
Responses are only to be written if you answer yes to any of the following questions. 800 characters each.
- 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?
- After residency, do you plan to practice medicine in an underserved or disadvantaged community?
- Have you worked (volunteer or paid employment) with medically underserved, economically disadvantaged and/or educationally disadvantaged populations?
- Are you self-described as a Native American?
- Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in any jurisdiction?
- Please provide below any additional information you believe is important in evaluating your application (e/g/. additional coursework, problems with academic record; disadvantaged, etc.
- What are you currently doing or what do you plan to do in the next 9-12 months?
- I am now currently working or plan to work: In Biomedical or Clinical Research? Full or Part-time in medicine or a medical-related field(Nursing, EMT, PA, Office Assistant, etc.)? Full or part-time in a field outside of medicine?
No Secondary Essays for this school.
- If there is any additional information you would like to provide please include it in the box below. (4000 characters)
- 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. (700 characters)
- If you interrupted your college education for a semester or longer, please describe what you did during that time. (700 characters)
- List any academic honors or awards you have received since entering college: (600 characters)
- Briefly describe your single, most rewarding experience. Feel free to refer to an experience previously described in your AMCAS application. (900 characters)
- Are there any areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you? If so, please comment. (1100 characters)
- 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. (900 characters)
- Briefly describe a situation where you were not in the majority. What did you learn from this experience? (1100 characters)
- If applying to the dual MD/MBA program, please describe your reasons for wishing to obtain this degree. (1100 characters)
Loma Linda (2013)
- Describe the extent and source of your knowledge of Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM). (750 character)
- What makes LLUSM particularly attractive to you? (750 characters)
- What qualities make you a desirable candidate for admission to LLUSM? (750 characters)
- Discuss how your spiritual experience has influenced your life and how you integrate it into your daily life. (750 characters)
- What experiences in your life would illustrate your perspective on service to others? (750 characters)
- 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 characters)
- 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 characters)
- If accepted to LLUSM, are you willing to abide by the lifestyle policies of Loma Linda University School of Medicine? (250 characters)
- Describe your involvement with your religious group (750 characters)
- Describe a valuable experience in your personal development. This might be a decision you have made, an achievement of which you are particularly proud of, or a person who has influenced your life.
- Provide in detail an experience of working with individual(s) from diverse backgrounds. What was the experience? How did it have an impact on you?
- 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.
- 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?
- If you will not be enrolled as a full-time student during the current academic year, please explain what you will be doing prior to your planned matriculation into medical school? If you are a re-applicant, please tell us how your application has improved since the last time you applied.
- 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.
LSU – New Orleans
- 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.
LSU – Shreveport
Short Essays, each 300 characters max
- What is your most fulfilling Healthcare Experience?
- What is your most fulfilling Leadership Experience?
- What is your most fulfilling Research Experience? Any Publications?
- What is your most fulfilling Volunteering Experience?
No Written Essays Required.
Marshall University (Edwards)
- Why did you decide to apply to the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine? If you have strong ties to West Virginia, please describe in detail.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you want to serve or practice medicine?
- If you are not presently attending school, indicate your employment or other plans for the time prior to your planned enrollment in medical school.
Medical College of Georgia
- Please describe the exposure you have had to the medical profession (ex. summer program, clinical shadowing experience, ER scribe, previous degrees or certificate programs, etc.)
- If you have shadowed a physician or have another type of clinical experience, please list the physician’s name OR type of experience (i.e. nursing, PA, EMT, ER scribe, etc.) in the description column below along with the location, dates, and the total number of hours below. Please provide more detail for each of these experiences in question #1 above
- 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.
- 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.
- 12. 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
Medical College of Wisconsin
- The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is dedicated to leadership and excellence in four distinct areas identified in our mission statement –Education,Research,Patient Care,Service. Choose one of these areas and discuss how you will contribute to our mission, both as a medical student and a practicing physician. (3,000 characters)
Medical University of South Carolina
No formal essays, but focuses primarily on “What are your ties to South Carolina?” – Very low out of state chance.
- Discuss a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone. What were the challenges? What did you learn? (300 words)
- Describe a personally rewarding experience. What did you learn about yourself through this experience? You are permitted to use an experience included in your AMCAS application, as long as you didn’t go into great detail in your AMCAS application (including personal statement and experiences) or in Essay One, or you discuss a different aspect of the experience. (300 words)
- The vast majority of medical school applicants cite their love of science and strong desire to help others as motivation to enter a career in medicine. If you had to choose one more motivating reason, what would it be and why? (150 words)
- If you could present yourself to the Committee on Admissions, what would you want to make sure they knew about you? (300 words)
- Why do you want to attend Meharry Medical School?
Mount Sinai (Icahn)
- Please tell us about a passion (professional or personal) you have had thus far in your life. (250 words)
- Please tell us about a situation in which working with others has been challenging. (200 words)
New York Medical College
No formal essays for this secondary.
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
- Provide a specific example of how you promoted diversity in your community (2000 characters)
- “A social justice approach should be central to medicine and utilized to be central to public health. This could be very simple: the well should take care of the sick.” – Paul Farmer, M.D. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. How has your view of social justice in medicine been influenced by a specific experience or activity? (2000 characters)
- A physician does many activities during the workday. What physician activity will be most meaningful to you? Provide a specific life experience that affirms the meaningfulness of this activity. (2000 characters)
- Given the distinctive educational philosophy and curriculum at FSM, describe how your personal characteristics and learning style would fit the institution. (250 words)
- Describe the coping skills (not problem solving skills) you use when confronted with difficult situations (250 words).
- Describe your career plans and goals. Be as specific as your current thinking will allow. (250 words).
- If you wish, use this space to provide more detail about your selections above and how you would bring diversity to the Northwestern community (250 words).
- Do you (or an immediate family member) have an affiliation with the Feinberg School of Medicine?
- If you have (or expect to have) a year or more between college graduation and Medical school matriculation, describe your activities and/or plans (250 words).
- 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)
- 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)
Answer one of the following 3 questions:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- What have you done to make your community a better place? (400 Words)
- 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. (400 Words)
- Please explain any gaps in your education, if applicable. (400 Words)
Ohio State (2013)
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr made the following statement: “Of all the injustices in the world, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Describe how you would like to contribute to ensuring quality healthcare for all people. (250 words)
- The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s mission is to “improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education and patient care.” Briefly describe how you aspire to further this mission, in whole or in part, as a medical student or as an alumnus of this College. (250 words)
Oregon Health & Sciences University
- What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve?
- What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician?
- Give an example of a time when you tried your best to work with a person or a group but the problems still remained. What did you learn from the experience?
- 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?
- Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 characters)
- While you were growing up, did you experience any of the following types of adversity? Economic, Educational, Ethnic/Cultural, Family
- Please describe the nature of the adversity:
- Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee? (75 words)
- Explain why you decided to apply to Penn State College of Medicine. (75 words)
- Please write a short paragraph describing a significant experience you have had working in a team setting. (250 words)
- Briefly describe an experience where you had to navigate a complex system (e.g. personal experience, group activity, or development of a project) to achieve an end. Reflect on the qualities and attributes required by you to achieve success in this experience. (250 words)
Quinnipiac University (Netter)
- What area of medicine do you envision yourself working in at the end of your training? What is shaping your vision? (250 words)
- What in your life experience or philosophy will help you work effectively in health care with patients and colleagues whose life experiences have been different from your own? (250 words)
Answer only 2 of the following:
- Detail something about yourself (quality or accomplishment) that makes you extremely proud. (250 words)
- If you couldn’t work in health care or the sciences, what career would you choose and why? (250 words)
- Give an example of when you have changed or altered your practice or behavior because of working with a diverse group. (250 words)
- Why did you choose to apply to the Chicago Medical School at RFUMS? (100 words)
- We encourage you to submit an optional diversity statement that specifically addresses how, if admitted to our program, your admission would contribute to the diversity of the Rosalind Franklin University Community. This optional statement may be considered for admission and/or scholarship purposes. (100 words)
Rowan University (Cooper)
- How is Camden, New Jersey either similar to or different from communities you have experienced? How do you believe that these factors will impact your medical education? (1000 Characters)
- In what way do you believe that you made an impact or difference to a school, job, organization, or person in your life? (1000 Characters)
- As you reflected on what to include in your personal statement to AMCAS, how did you decide which aspects of yourself to highlight? (1000 Characters)
- Which undergraduate course taught you the most about yourself? Please explain. (1000 Characters)
Rush Medical College
- 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 insights, beliefs, and/or values. (1000 Characters)
Rutgers University – NJMS
- Please discuss any personal characteristics that make you a good fit for medicine, as well as a good fit for NJMS.
- If your legal residence on your AMCAS application is not NJ, please discuss specific reasons you have applied to NJMS and include connections you may have (if any) to New Jersey.
- Please discuss any additional information that you feel is important to your candidacy for medical school.
- If you are not attending college/university full-time as of fall 2014 or during the rest of the academic year, please describe your planned activities from June 2014 – August 2015.
Rutgers University – RWJMS
- 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).
- If your education has not been continuous, please provide information to explain the gap(s) by providing a line by line description to explain by month/year to month/year.
- Have you ever been subjected to disciplinary action by any college or university? Have you ever been charged or convicted of a criminal offense? Are there any disciplinary or criminal charges pending against you? If the answer is yes, please specify the details.
- If you applied as a non-resident (other than NJ), please let us know if you grew up in NJ, attended school in NJ, have parents who reside in NJ, work in NJ, etc.
- 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.
- Were you, or are you, employed during the school year? If so please let us know the type of work, hours worked, etc. In addition, please indicate if you and/or your parents are/were employed by RWJMS.
- In the next series of questions, you will reflect upon experiences, activities or accomplishments that demonstrate each of these pre-professional competencies. Your responses will be limited to one paragraph and will include: The situation where you demonstrated the competency, Your actions and resulting consequence, What you learned as a result, Pre-professional Competencies, Integrity and Ethics, Reliability and Dependability, Desire to Learn, Service Orientation, Social Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills, Cultural Competence, Resilience and Adaptability
- Is there anything which you would like to share to clarify something in your application?
Saint Louis University
- If you wish to tell us anything else or elaborate on a specific activity, please do so here. (optional)
- 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 such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. (2,000 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: Private Practice, Health Policy, Academic Medicine, Public Health, Health Care Administration (2,000 characters)
- 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 the Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (1000 Characters)
Essay Questions (Please limit your responses to one page per question)
- Will your education be continuous between college and medical school matriculation? If YES, please tell us what you anticipate you will be doing professionally 15 years after graduating from medical school and why. If NO, please explain what you have done or plan to do during the gap period and why.
- Describe an obstacle you’ve overcome and how it has defined you.
For MSTP Applicants only:
- 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. Please note that these responses do not commit you to a restricted path if you are accepted to SBU; instead, they are used to help us connect you to the interviewers who can best address your potential interests.
SUNY Buffalo (University at Buffalo)
- Did any of your parents/grandparents graduate from our Medical School? If yes, their name and the year of graduation
- Do either of your parents teach in our Medical School? If yes, Department name
- Did either of your parents serve in the U. S. Armed Forces?
- Are you applying to: MD program; MD and MD/PhD programs; MD/PhD only
- If you have participated in any educational program sponsored by our Medical School, please list programs and dates.
- Do you realize that conviction of a felony may preclude licensure in some states? (Answering ‘Yes’ does NOT imply that you have a felony conviction.)
- Most candidates do not know what field of Medicine they wish to enter, but we would appreciate your stating which field interests you most at this time, (Neurosurgery, Urology, Psychiatry, etc.) or simple state “Unknown”.
- As an undergraduate, have you ever worked in, or are currently working in a research laboratory?
- Please list all online courses that you have already taken in college.
- Please list all online courses you are planning to take in the future.
- 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. (150 words)
- If you are not attending college full time as of September 15, please describe your activities for the period September 2013 to July 2014. Please enter none if there are none. (200 words)
- If you are not from the 5 boroughs of New York City, describe what personal experiences prepare you to live and study in New York City, and what will be your personal support system. (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. (100 words)
No formal essay questions.
Southern Illinois University
- 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. (3500 characters).
- (optional) List the area (or areas) of medicine that appeals to you and briefly explain. (50 words)
Texas Tech (Lubbock)
- Areas of interest: Interested in the F-MAT (Family Medicine Accelerated Track), Interested in practicing in an underserved area, Interested in rural health, Medical Research, Medical Academics, Primary Care, Border Health, Other
- List your activities (completed, current or planned) related to the selections made in question #1.
- Have you experienced any academic road bumps in your academic career (low academic performance, dropping, retaking, or failing courses, etc.)?
- If you answered yes to question #3 above, please explain.
- What do you like or dislike most about the area you are from; your hometown (500 words)?
- In 500 words or less please describe what you would see as the “ideal” practice for you. (where, type of practice — clinic, hospital, both, specialty, who would be your patients, etc.)
- (Optional) If you are applying to the MD/MBA, MD/PhD, JD/MD or FMAT program(s); please briefly describe your motivation to pursue this program and any other pertinent information. (e.g. research interests, steps taken to prepare yourself)
- Please tell us about your favorite recreational/leisure activities (500 words)
Texas Tech (El Paso)
- “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)
- 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)
- The TTUSHC 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)
- 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)
The Commonwealth Medical College
- Given TCMC’s unique mission and values, please tell us why you feel you are a good fit for our institution. (1500 Characters)
- List the five most important attributes you feel a physician should possess. Please choose one attribute and describe one personal experience that best exemplifies that attribute. (1500 Characters)
- TCMC values diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment. How do you think you can contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion? (1500 Characters)
- 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? Yes/No (If yes, please explain briefly in 1000 characters or less).
- Do you consider yourself a person who would contribute to the diversity of the student body of Tufts University School of Medicine? Yes/No (If yes, please explain briefly in 1000 characters or less).
- Did you take any leaves of absence or significant breaks from your undergraduate education? (Do not include time off after graduation.) Yes/No
- Is any member of your family a graduate of TUSM or a current member of our faculty? Yes/No
- Have you ever participated in any of the following Tufts University programs? (If so, please indicate the dates of your participation.)
- Briefly describe the reasons for your interest in Tulane University School of Medicine (150 Words):
- Have you graduated? What have you been pursuing since you graduated? (150 Words)
- Are you participating or have you participated in a study abroad program at your university? Please give a short description (100 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):
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
- 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. (200 words)
- 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. (200 words maximum)
- 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 MedicalSchool.” (200 words)
University of Alabama (2013)
University of Arizona
- Please share a meaningful experience you have had working or volunteering in the health profession. What did you learn from this as it relates to becoming a physician? (If you have little to no clinical experience, please talk about a time in your past in which you were responsible for the care and well-being of someone else.)
- 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? When faced with a challenge in your life, how has thinking it over allowed you to move forward?
- A key part of the mission of The University of Arizona College of Medicine is to train physicians to address healthcare disparities in the United States. What role will you play in addressing healthcare disparities in the United States?
- Describe the effect that your experiences 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.
University of Arizona – Phoenix
- Have you previously applied to The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix? If answered yes, why do you feel you are a stronger applicant this year? (350 words)
- After learning more about our mission and values as a medical school, share how you fit within the UA Phoenix Med culture. (350 words)
- Elaborate on what has occurred in the last 12-18 months that has influenced your goal and preparation for a career in medicine. (350 words)
- What unique or challenging factors in your background (childhood/adulthood) have enhanced your character? (350 words)
- What is important to you that you want to make sure the Admissions Committee knows about you that is not already included in your application? (350 words)
University of Arkansas
No formal essay required.
University of California – Davis
- Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee. (1500 characters)
- What have you been doing since submitting your AMCAS application? Include contact information for any references related to these experiences. (1500 characters)
- The Accelerated Competency-Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program is a 6-year track that seamlessly links medical school and residency in primary care. A collaboration between UCDSOM and Kaiser Permanente, the program allows a select group of eligible students to complete medical school in 3 years and receive a conditional acceptance to a UC Davis or Kaiser Permanente Northern California residency program in primary care. Students who are accepted to the UCDSOM 4-year program and who plan a career in primary care, Internal Medicine or Family Medicine will be considered for the program. For more information, please seehttp://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/ACE-PC/about.html. If you would like to be considered for Davis ACE-PC, please tell us what attributes or experiences would make you a good fit for the program. If you are not interested, please insert “Not Applicable”. (1500 characters)
- The Rural-Program In Medical Education is designed for students interested in becoming physician leaders in rural California communities. Curricular enhancements include weekll seminars, hands-on skill sessions covering laceration repair, obstetric delivery, CPR, etc., mentorship with rural physicians, 3rd year rural clinical rotations and leadership opportunities related to rural health. Link to Rural-PRIME Website:http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/rural_prime/index.html If interested, please tell us why you would like to be considered for the program. Otherwise, please insert “not applicable”. (1500 characters)
- Please describe your experiences working with underserved communities. If not interested in Rural-PRIME, please insert “not applicable”. (1500 characters)
- What are your future plans to practice in a rural underserved community? If not interested in Rural-PRIME, please insert “not applicable”. (1500 characters)
EXPERIENCES (Give three, 750 characters each):
- Briefly describe this activity and its significance.
- How did it prepare you for a medical career?
- Include any supporting information
- (e.g. your contribution to the project or accomplishment as
- well as links to any publication, etc)
- The Physician Scientist Training Program (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/MD_Ph.D/index.html) is designed for students interested in becoming clinician investigators and leads to a dual degree (MD-PhD). The program includes 4 years of dedicated research in addition to the standard medical school curriculum. Did you select “Combined Medical Degree/Ph.D.” under Program Type on your AMCAS application? If you did, please indicate why you are interested in the UC Davis School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program here. Otherwise, please insert “Not applicable”. (1500 characters)
- A collaboration between UCDSOM and the UC Davis TEACH Residency Program, the Transforming Education and Community Health Program for Medical Students (TEACH-MS) is a four year tailored track for students committed to primary care and care for the urban underserved (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/TEACH-MS/). If you would like to apply to TEACH-MS, please respond to the following 2 questions. Otherwise, please insert “not applicable”. A. Please tell us about your motivation to pursue a career in primary care (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Pediatrics). B. Please describe an experience that best demonstrates your commitment to urban underserved communities. (1500 characters)
- A collaboration between UCDSOM, UC Merced and UCSF Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) is a tailored leadership track for students committed to providing care for the medically underserved in the San Joaquin Valley (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/sjvprime/index.html). To apply to SJV PRIME, please respond to the following 3 questions. Otherwise please insert “not applicable”. A. Please tell us about your ties to the San Joaquin Valley. B. Please tell us what you have done, or plan to do, to make a positive change in the San Joaquin Valley. C. After you complete your medical training, where (city or county) do you intend to practice and why? (1500 characters)
University of California – Irvine
- What personal accomplishment are you most proud of and why? (1,500 characters)
- Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience. (1,500 characters)
- 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. (1,500 characters)
University of California – Los Angeles
- Describe involvement in the ONE most important non-academic activity that has been important in your life? (800 characters)
- What has been the ONE most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? (800 characters)
- What has been the ONE most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (800 characters)
- What is the ONE most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? (800 characters)
- 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. (800 characters)
- Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. (800 characters)
- List major paid work experience during (or since) college. Give dates, description, approximate hours worked (list the most recent first). (800 characters)
- If there is any hardship to which you would like the committee to give special attention in evaluating your application, then check the box labeled ‘Hardship’ and briefly explain why you are indicating a hardship. Include any geographic, language, economic, academic, physical, or mental factors. (800 characters)
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal? (800 characters)
- One question asking you to describe what you’ve done if you’ve taken more than 1 year off of school. (800 characters)
University of California – Riverside
- Describe the single MOST important event or non-academic activity in your life and explain why its significant. (250 words)
- What has been the single MOST unique leadership, entrepreneurial, or creative activity in which you participated? (250 words)
- What has been the single MOST important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? (250 words)
- What is the MOST important honor (one) you have received? Why do you view this as important? (250 words)
- What has been your MOST scholarly project (thesis, research, or field of study in basic or clinical sciences or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates, and advisor(s). (250 words)
- 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. (250 words)
- 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.) (250 words)
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal? (250 words)
- What is the most important health care issue confronting disadvantaged communities and what would be your first steps to address this issue? (250 words)
University of California – San Diego
- 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. (6000 characters)
University of California – San Francisco
- If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 Words)
University of Central Florida
- If you do not expect to spend the academic year enrolled in an academic program, please explain how you will use this time.
- Please provide details regarding academic difficulties, grades below B minus, or course withdrawals.
- 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, personal interests, hobbies, and travels that have not already been discussed in your AMCAS application. Please provide details about NEW information for the Committee to consider to include information about your family, personal interests, hobbies, and travels that have not already been discussed on your AMCAS application.
- Please provide a short essay to help us understand who you are. This essay should be different than you AMCAS Personal Statement. UCF COM places great value on the diversity of our students within the classroom and believe that 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. (2 pages, single spaced)
University of Chicago (Pritzker)
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 above 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 the 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.
- Tell us about 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 400 words.
- Additional Information. Please feel free to use this space to convey any additional information that you might wish the Committee to know. We suggest that you limit your text to about 200 words.
- If your school has a premedical committee or premedical advisor who composes a letter for each applicant from your school and you chose not to avail yourself of this service, please check the “Yes” button below and provide an explanation in the textbox below for your decision not to do so. We suggest you limit your text to about 200 words. Be sure to save and finalize your response. If you are availing yourself of your premedical committee/advisor letter or if you attend a university which does not offer this service, please check the “No” button below, leave the text “N/A” and then save and finalize your response.
University of Cincinnati
- Were you ever the recipient of an institutional action (i,e. disciplined, probation, suspended, or dismissed) by any college, university, or medical school for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violation, even though such action may not have interrupted your enrollment or required you to withdraw? If yes, please explain fully below. (750 characters)
- Have you ever participated in a pre-conviction program or been convicted of, pled guilty, or no contest to: a felony and/or criminal offense (include information even if charges have been dropped)? If yes, please explain below. (1000 characters)
- Have you been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to, any moving traffic violations (moving violations include speeding tickets)? If yes, please explain fully below. (750 characters)
- Have you ever matriculated at or attended any medical school as a candidate for the M.D. degree? If yes, please explain below. (750 characters)
- If you are NOT currently enrolled in a degree granting program, click on the button below, and please briefly describe your major activities, not listed on AMCAS. (1000 characters)
University of Colorado (2013)
- Please submit a short statement (250 words or less) regarding your interest in the Colorado Springs Branch. You may address characteristics of the Branch that would be a fit for your strengths, experiences, and career plans. You may also note your ties to or interest in Colorado Springs or other similar communities.
University of Connecticut
- If you are interested in pursing an MD/Masters Combined (Check Boxes)
- If you are applying for the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program, check your preferred areas of concentration (1800 characters)
- Highlight your experiences in the health care field. What insights have you gained about potential problems you will face as a physician? (1800 characters)
- 4. Describe the activity(curricular or extracurricular) from which you gained the greatest personal benefit and insight. (1800 characters)
- 5. How will the University of Connecticut School of Medicine best serve your needs of becoming a physician or physician scientist? (1800 characters)
University of Florida
- If you are not a full-time student during this application cycle, in particular at any time between September 2013 and May 2014, please detail your current and planned activities below.
- Do you see yourself as more of an extravert or an introvert and how will this impact how you learn to communicate with patients and colleagues?
- Consider three areas of integrity: personal, professional, and intellectual. Using an example, describe how these areas may be interrelated. In your response include why the connection between these areas is significant.
- For out of state applicants, what are your ties to Florida.
University of Hawaii
- Describe succinctly the important experience(s) in your life which began the process that motivated you to enter the career of medicine.
- Please explain why you are applying to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
University of Illinois
University of Iowa (Carver)
- We understand you are probably applying to multiple medical schools. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Carver College of Medicine. (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. (1500 characters)
- Please LIST and provide a BRIEF description of medically related experiences (paid or volunteer) in which you have participated over the past 5 years. (3000 characters)
- If you are a reapplicant to the Carver College of Medicine, how have you strengthened your application? (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. (1500 characters)
University of Kansas
- What experiences have led to your decision to become a physician? (1000 characters)
- Describe examples of leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. (1000 characters)
- Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; to take diverse perspectives; to develop varied or original ideas; or the willingness to try new things. (1000 characters)
- Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. (1000 characters)
- Give an example of what you have done to make your community a better place to live. (1000 characters)
- Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell how you responded and what you learned from these experiences and how they have prepared you for your future in medicine. (1000 characters)
- What special life experiences and/or characteristics would you bring to KU School of Medicine? (1000 characters)
- What do you do for fun? (1000 characters)
- If you are not a Kansas resident, what is your specific interest in applying to the University of Kansas School of Medicine? (1000 characters)
- 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. (1000 characters)
- 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. (1000 characters)
- 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. (1000 characters)
- If you are no longer a full-time undergraduate student, briefly describe your current employment, community, and/or post-graduate educational activities. (1000 characters)
- For Repeat Applicants Only: Since your last application, please note any relevant academic experiences that strengthened your candidacy. (1000 characters)
- For Repeat Applicants Only: Since your last application, please note any relevant employment and personal experiences that strengthened your candidacy. (1000 characters)
- 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. (1000 characters)
- Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony (answer YES or NO)? If yes, provide appropriate explanation(s), including the date(s) of conviction, case number(s). (1000 characters)
University of Kentucky
- 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.
- Please share unique, personally important, and/or challenging facts in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine
Additional Essay, Out of State Applicants 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.
University of Louisville (2013)
- If you are an out of state student, please explain your interest in attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine:
- How well did your high school prepare you for college?
- What determined your choice of college(s)?
- How do you assess your college record?
- Circumstances adversely affecting your academic performance?
- Research Experience (including any publications and/or curriculum vitae)
- Please describe any Foreign Travel.
- Please describe any outside interests or hobbies.
- 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.:
- What career(s) would you probably consider if you could not be a physician?
- How do you see yourself practicing medicine after residency training?
- (Please include choice of medical practice and location)
- Discuss briefly why you have decided to pursue a M.D. degree program.
University of Maryland
- Briefly describe your most important exposure to clinical medicine.
- Briefly describe your most satisfying experience related to community service.
- What does it mean to you to enter into a profession?
University of Massachusetts
- If you are reapplying to UMMS, please describe how you have strengthened your credentials since your last application. (200 words )
- Have you ever worked/volunteered or otherwise participated in any UMASS Medical School or UMASS Memorial Health Care sponsored activities/programs (Example: Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Pipeline Program, Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), Research) If Yes, please describe. A letter of recommendation from your program supervisor is strongly encouraged. (200 words)
- What are your future medical career plans? Please describe your hopes for your chosen medical specialty, type of practice, and size/type of practice community. (200 words)
- Please explain any grades: Lower than a ‘B’ in any prerequisite or science course, Any semester where you feel your academic performance was not representative of your true abilities (200 words)
- How did you study for the MCAT exam? (200 words)
- Please provide a description of a personal dilemma relating to ONE of the nine following personal compentencies that are important to success in medical education and physician practice. (500 words)
- Integrity & Ethics Competency- Behaves in an honest and ethical manner; adheres to ethical principles and follows rules and procedures; resists peer pressure to engage in unethical behavior and encourages others to behave in honest and ethical ways.
- Reliability & Dependability- Consistently fulfills obligations in a timely and satisfactory manner; takes responsibility for personal actions and performance.
- Service Orientation-Demonstrates an awareness of others’ needs, goals, feelings, and the ways that social and behavioral cues affect peoples’ interactions and behaviors; adjusts behaviors appropriately in response to these cues; and treats others with respect.
- Social & Interpersonal Skills – Demonstrates a desire to help others and sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings; demonstrates a desire to alleviate others’ distress.
- Capacity for Improvement- Sets goals for continuous improvement and for learning new concepts and skills; engages in reflective practice for improvement; solicits and responds appropriately to feedback
- Resilience and Adaptability- Demonstrates tolerance of stressful or changing environments or situations and adapts effectively to them; is persistent, even under difficult situations; recovers from setbacks.
- Cultural Competence – Demonstrates knowledge of social and cultural factors that affect interactions and behaviors; shows an appreciation and respect for multiple dimensions of diversity; recognizes and appropriately addresses bias in themselves and others; interacts effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Oral Communication- Effectively conveys information to others using spoken words and sentences listens effectively; recognizes potential communication barriers and adjust approach or clarifies information as needed.
- Teamwork- Works collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals; shares information and knowledge with others and provides feedback; puts team goals ahead of individual goals.
The information below provides instructions on how you should write your description.
- Review each competency – Carefully read each competency definition to be sure you understand what is important. Carefully reflect on each competency and think about a dilemma you encountered in your activities, experiences, or accomplishments and relate that to it.
- Choose what you will write about for ONE competency – Choose one dilemma that best describes your demonstration of your chosen competency. The dilemma may be specific, such as a challenging person, situation or assignment. Alternately, it may be an example of a dilemma you witnessed, in which case your relay what your response would have been.
- Provide a narrative description of the dilemma – Carefully describe the dilemma you have selected. Your response should clearly reflect your individual experience or understanding of this dilemma related to that competency. Your description must reflect the quality of your understanding of the dilemma including how it relates to the specific competency and its scope and impact. Specifically, you should describe: the situation in which the activity, experience or accomplishment occured; actions you took and the resulting consequences of those actions; what you learned from the experience
University of Miami (Miller)
- Please describe any experience you have had in public health – -this could be experience in the field, in training, in education or other related experience. (500 words)
- Please describe how you envision you would use the public health training provided in the joint MD/MPH in your future career as a physician. (500 words)
- Is there anything else you want to tell us about your interest in the MD/MPH program? (500 words)
University of Michigan
- Tell us something you are passionate about and why. Do not exceed 1500 characters (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 (250 words).
- We know you have many interests and passions beyond your pursuit of medical training. At Michigan we encourage you to continue to develop these talents. Please list three areas of interest (e.g., symphony orchestra, drawing/painting/ceramics, research in a specific area, joint degrees, athletic interests/running/softball, ballroom dance, Spanish language study, international travel/work/study, etc.) you would like to pursue while at Michigan. This will allow us to provide resources for you around these interests. (Three blanks given)
- Fun fact – We would like to know one fun fact about you. This may be shared with other applicants. Please answer the following question with up to four words: “Most people don’t know that I can ____________”
University of Minnesota
- Beyond what you have written in your AMCAS Personal Comments, please discuss your early life experiences, family background and aspects of your home community that have led to your decision to become a physician. (1500 characters)
- Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (1500 characters)
- Our medical school is committed to enrolling and graduating a diverse student body. The Admissions Committee considers the following: high academic potential, disadvantaged background, race and ethnicity, evidence of outstanding leadership, creativity, unique work or service experience, community involvement, non-traditional educational progression, and demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations. How would you contribute to the diversity of the University of Minnesota Medical School? (1500 characters)
- Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota? (300 characters)
- If you did not designate Minnesota as your state of legal residence on your AMCAS application, briefly describe any ties that you might have to this state. (1200 characters)
- Briefly describe what you are currently doing. If you have already graduated, please indicate what you have been doing since graduation, and what your plans are for the coming year? (1200 characters)
- Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in
- Have you ever been convicted of a felony?*
- If YES, you must include a full explanation below. (1200 characters)
- Have you considered alternate career options to fulfill your commitment to providing healthcare other than medicine? Please talk about what you might do if you are ultimately not accepted to medical school. (900 characters)
- What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? (900 characters)
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri – Columbia
- 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)
- Please outline how you might add to the overall diversity of the medical school and the practice of medicine. This could reference specific personal traits, education, life experiences, etc. (2000 characters)
University of Missouri – Kansas City
- Why are you interested in the University of Missouri?
University of Nebraska
No required essays.
University of Nevada
- Indicate any paid or volunteer work experience, activities, or duties and the amount of time spent which you feel to be relevant to the study of medicine (NOTE: Include dates and hours).
- Have you had any practical experience in laboratory or medical research?
- Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
University of New Mexico (2013)
- 1. 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (2013)
- We have all tried something and failed, whether it was something big or something small. Describe a situation or an experience you had when you realized that you were not up to the task, and tell us what life-lessons you learned from this experience. (150 words)
- Much of medical school education is based on team-learning. What important activity have you accomplished that required a team approach, what was your role in the outcome, and what did you learn from it? (150 words)
- Give an example of how you have made a difference in someone’s life whether it is a patient, friend, classmate, or a family member and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (150 words)
Research Interests (MD/PhD Applicants Only)
- Please list your top 5 areas of research interest below. This list will help us determine which research faculty you should meet if you are invited for an interview.
Re-applicants (MD and/or MD/PhD Applicants)
- Explain why you have decided to reapply. (150 words)
University of North Dakota
- What do you consider to be your hometown? Explain. (1600 characters)
- Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth
- Given the purpose of the school, please justify why you should be accepted for admission. INMED students, please explain how you fulfill the purpose of the Indians into Medicine Program. (1600 characters)
- Describe how your experiences (health care or social care) will help you develop into a compassionate physician. (1600 characters)
- Describe how familiar you are with life in a rural and/or Native American community. (1600 characters)
- Describe how you have contributed to your family or community. (1600 characters)
- What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school: This Year? Ever? (1600 characters)
- 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 infractions, etc.). (1600 characters)
- Describe your connection to the state of North Dakota. WICHE, INMED and Minnesota applicants, describe your connections to your respective communities and/or to North Dakota. (1600 characters)
- 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. (1600 characters)
University of Oklahoma
- If you are a nonresident of Oklahoma but have close ties to our state, please indicate below. (Examples: born in OK, attended school in OK, family living in OK) (Yes/No)
- Did you attend high school in Oklahoma? (Yes/No)
- Did you attend an Oklahoma college or university? (Yes/No)
- Do either of your parents live or work in Oklahoma? (Yes/No)
- Is either parent an alum of OU College of Medicine? (Yes/No)
- Please indicate below if you are enrolled in a graduate degree program. If you are enrolled in a graduate program you must submit a letter from the program director or chair of the department stating you are in good standing and that they are supportive of your application. (Yes/No)
- Are you applying to the joint MD/PhD educational track? If so, please indicate below and download an application here. (Yes/No)
- Applicants now have two educational track options at the College of Medicine. One is in Oklahoma City and the other is a new opportunity located at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine ‐ School of Community Medicine (SCM) campus in Tulsa. For information about the SCM track, please check the SCM website. Please indicate your interest below. Applicants can indicate interest in one or both campuses. All applicants interested in the SCM must complete three additional questions and will be contacted directly by the SCM regarding application status and interview selection. Oklahoma City Educational Track: (Yes/No) Oklahoma City and SCM Track: (Yes/No)
University of Pennsylvania
- Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe; each line allows 100 characters. (Please do not list awards from high school or earlier.) (3 entry fields)
- Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (250 characters)
- 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 circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.)
- Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1000 characters)
University of Pittsburgh
- Tell us about a challenging problem you faced and how you resolved it. (250 words)
- 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)
University of Rochester
No Formal Essays.
University of South Alabama
- Although interests may change, what areas of medicine are you primarily interested in at the present time? (100 characters)
Optional Essay (500 words)
- 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.
University of South Carolina Greenville
Optional/depends on Applicability questions:
- If you are a reapplicant, what have you done to strengthen your candidacy? (May be left blank when answer is NO, 2000 characters)
- If you have experienced academic difficulties in college, please briefly explain circumstances regarding any courses with a grade less than a B minus, or any course withdrawals. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- If you are currently participating in an academic program, please project intended coursework for the academic year. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- If you do not expect to spend this academic year in school, please explain how you intend to use this time. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- Please describe any additional medically-related volunteering/shadowing/experience not included in your AMCAS application. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- Please describe any additional community service or volunteer activities not included in your AMCAS application. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- Please describe any additional research, teamwork, accomplishments or leadership experience not included in your AMCAS application. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- Please provide any information regarding personal challenges/hardships that you have overcome not included in your AMCAS application. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- If you are not a South Carolina resident, what relationships, bonds, or interests do you have to this state? (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- What other additional information would you like the Admissions Committee to consider that has not been previously addressed? (If not applicable, this question may be left blank, 2000 characters)
- Does this application represent a career change, if yes please describe your first career? (2,000 characters)
- Describe any past achievements, experiences, special family or personal circumstances that you believe make you a unique student, able to bring diversity to the class (2,000 characters)
- If you are not accepted to medical school for the upcoming academic year, what are your plans? (2,000 characters)
- What traits, experiences, challenges, interests, etc. make you unique and would bring added value to the learning environment at USCSM-Greenville (2,000 characters)?
- One of the Guiding Principles of the USCSM Greenville states that “Students will practice patient-centered care that values the interdependent roles of health care providers and facilities in service to their patients.” Describe your understanding of and commitment to patient-centered care and how successful implementation of this principle will help address the medical needs of your future patients and the community that you serve (500 words)
University of South Carolina
- What are your medical practice goals? (2000 characters)
- Does this application represent a career change? If so, please describe your most recent career. (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)
- What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (2000 characters)
- In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (2000 characters)
- Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (2000 characters)
University of South Dakota (Sanford)
University of South Florida
- 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, Healthcare Administration, Health Policy, Other
- 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?
- 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. How would the USF Morsani College of Medicine’s Scholarly Concentrations Program help your personal career goals?
- Describe a time in your life when you felt you were “at your best.” Why did you choose this event, and how does it reflect your potential as a physician?
- Who is the best leader you have known in your life? Describe what made her or him so effective and how they made you feel when you were around them.
- 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?
- Describe your ideas about how the medical profession can best respond to disparities in healthcare.
University of Southern California (Keck)
- What is the most fun you’ve had in the last year? (3-5 sentences)
- If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (3-5 sentences)
- If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? (3-5 sentences)
- What aspect of the preparation for applying to medical school did you find most challenging? (3-5 sentences)
- If you believe that you are a member of a group that is under-represented in medicine, describe what this designation means to you
- Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were true. (200 words)
University of Tennessee
No Formal Essays.
University of Texas Medical Branch
No Formal Essays.
University of Texas – Houston
No formal essays.
University of Texas – San Antonio
No formal essays.
University of Texas – Southwestern
If you think that one or more of the following interests apply to you, check the appropriate box(es) and list specific experiences (academic, co-curricular, employment, personal, etc.) related to and supportive of this interest in the text box provided below. Do not use a paragraph format; list in bulleted format.
- Interested in establishing a medical practice in an underserved area
- Interested in a career in research
- Interested in a career in teaching
- Interested in a career in primary care medicine
- In the text box provided below, describe the setting in which you envision conducting your medical career. Also include how and why you think this setting would help fulfill your interests related to the practice of medicine.
University of Toledo
- Briefly discuss any extenuating circumstances which you feel are pertinent to your application (poor grades, course withdrawals, etc).
- The University of Toledo College of Medicine is committed to excellence in education which prepares graduates to deliver quality health care. Developing cultural competence is an important goal in our curriculum. Cultural competence is defined as an awareness, understanding and ability to use specific methods to deal effectively with cultural issues and its role in health and health care. Please discuss a life experience in which you feel you demonstrated cultural competence. (2000 characters)
University of Utah
- Tell us about a difficult or challenging situation that you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills that you called upon to resolve the dilemma, and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice.
- At the University of Utah School of Medicine, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, and opinions. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community?
University of Vermont (2013)
University of Virginia
- 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)
University of Washington
- The origin and development of your motivation to be a physician
- your prior experiences in health care
- steps taken to explore a career in medicine
- your eventual goals as a physician
- and other issues of importance
- 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 to your goals have you experienced and how have you dealt with them? (250 words)
For Reapplicants only:
- From your most recent application until now, how have you strengthened your application?
University of Wisconsin
- Provide a chronological history of your life activities from the time you completed high school to the present, for example: undergraduate studies, jobs, service and volunteer work, research, participation in music, sports, clubs, etc., graduate study, family responsibilities, et al.
- 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. (500 words)
- Individuals who are reapplying are required to submit a statement indicating what has changed since the previous application to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health MD program (e.g., additional academic work, new letters of recommendation, work and volunteer experience, life changes, etc.). Please limit your response to 500 words.
- 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.
- 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?
Virginia Commonwealth University
- Imagine that you are a family physician and are seeing a 15 year old girl for menstrual cramps. Her mother has accompanied her for this visit. When you examine the patient without her mother present, she tells you that she is sexually active. She begs you not to tell her mother because of her family’s strong values against teen sex. Discuss your next steps.
Virginia Tech Carilion (2013)
- A family member or friend comes to you to discuss a curable cancer for which they are considering alternative/ complimentary medicine options. What would be your next steps? (Limit 8000 characters)
Wake Forest University
Required (Pick at least 2):
- 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)?
- The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) lists 14 entry-level core competencies for medical school applicants: Service Orientation, Social Skills, Cultural Competence, Teamwork, Oral Communication, Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others, Reliability and Dependability, Resilience and Adaptability, Capacity for Improvement, Critical Thinking, Scientific Inquiry, Written Communication, Living Systems, and Human Behavior. (See AAMC webpage for full definitions using hyperlink below) Please pick ONE of the competencies and describe how your background and experiences highlights the competency and prepares you for medical school. Do not duplicate information provided elsewhere in the secondary application or in your AMCAS personal statement (400 words).
- 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)
- If you are a re-applicant, please describe if you have made any significant changes or improvements from your previous application (200 words).
- Describe any connection you have to Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, or North Carolina (200 words).
Washington University in St. Louis
All Essays are Optional:
- Do you have unique experiences or obstacles that you have overcome that were not covered in your application about which you would like to inform our Admissions Committee? (maximum 3000 characters including spaces)
- Describe a time or situation where you have been unsuccessful or failed. (maximum 3000 characters including spaces)
- If you have already completed your education, if your college or graduate education was interrupted, or if you do not plan to be a full-time student during the current year, describe in chronological order your activities during the time(s) when you were not enrolled as a full-time student. (maximum 1800 characters including spaces)
Wayne State (2013)
Question I (Choose one of the questions to answer)
- Briefly describe a work or educational situation in which you were a member of a small group and the ways in which you learned from and taught others. What were the positive and negative aspects of this teaching and learning experience for you?
- The practice of medicine often involves working with patients of varying backgrounds and from diverse communities. What are your experiences and thoughts about diversity and how would you apply them in the practice of medicine?
Question II (Non Residents must answer Question 1; Michigan residents may choose any of the 3 to answer)
- Discuss the reasons you wish to pursue your medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine. What do you anticipate being the most challenging and most rewarding?
- Discuss your reasons for selecting medicine as a career. What benefits do you feel a career would offer that other careers would not?
- Briefly discuss what particular non-academic experiences (e.g. community service, employment, patient care activities) most influenced your decision to pursue a medical career. Why and how did this influence your decision?
Question III (Choose one of the questions to answer)
- Briefly describe a work or educational situation in which you were a member of a small group and the ways in which you learned from and taught others. What were the positive and negative aspects of this teaching and learning experience for you?
- The practice of medicine often involves working with patients of varying backgrounds and from diverse communities. What are your experiences and thoughts about diversity and how would you apply them in the practice of medicine?
Question IV (Non Residents must answer Question 1; Michigan residents may choose any of the 3 to answer)
- Discuss the reasons you wish to pursue your medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine. What do you anticipate being the most challenging and most rewarding?
- Discuss your reasons for selecting medicine as a career. What benefits do you feel a career would offer that other careers would not?
- Briefly discuss what particular non-academic experiences (e.g. community service, employment, patient care activities) most influenced your decision to pursue a medical career. Why and how did this influence your decision?
Question V (Choose one of the questions to answer)
- One of your pediatric patients has been diagnosed with a progressive degenerative disorder. You have recommended a stem cell therapy which, when completed, has been proven to arrest the progress of the disorder and, in some cases, reverse its effects, resulting in normal growth and development. Based on their beliefs, the parents have not given their approval for the stem cell therapy but will give their approval for a previously widely used drug therapy which slowed the disorder’s progress but did not arrest or reverse its progress. Considering your obligation to your patient, the values of the parents and standards of best medical practices how would you respond to this situation?
- One of your elderly patients has been hospitalized for the third time following a catastrophic stroke. Paralyzed, unable to speak but able to respond “yes” or “no” with eye blinks. His signed advanced directives specify that should the continuation of therapeutic treatment be determined to be futile, that aggressive treatment would be judged inappropriate and his care would be “palliative”. The patient’s family insists that their loved one is “aware” and that therapeutic treatment should continue.
- What action do you take when confronted with this situation?
Question VI – (only reapplicants must answer this question)
- 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?
Question VII – (only applicants with an institutional action must answer this question)
- 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?
Question VIII- (MD/MPH applicants must answer this question)
- Please explain your specific interest in Public Health. Include any relevant experiences and/or education. (500 words)
Western Michigan University (2013)
- Describe why you wish to enroll at Western Michigan University School of Medicine. You should describe any connection that 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.
West Virginia University
Please review the following four statements or questions. Write your response, taking up to 1/2 page for each and upload individually as a pdf file.
- Imagine a world in which illness and injury do not exist. All hospitals and medical schools have closed because there is no longer a need. What would you choose to do with your life in such a world?
- Can you describe a time when you failed despite your best efforts? How would you handle it differently now?
- Other than a family member, who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
- You are the Chair of the Committee on Admissions: What would you consider to be the most important feature or component of a candidate’s application?
No Formal Essay.
- Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss your interest in Yale School of Medicine. (500 words)
- 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. (500 words)