Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts

Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts

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    In the 2021-2022 medical school cycle, Baylor switched from using the AMCAS application to using the TMDSAS application. Then, in the 2022-2023 cycle, Baylor changed its essay prompts. The Baylor College of Medicine secondary application is short, BUT it’s important to highlight your strengths as an application. Read below for our Cracking Med School Admissions tips to answer your Baylor College of Medicine secondary essays!

    Baylor College of Medicine changed its secondary application essays from previous years in the 2022-2023 application cycle. However, the school did not its Baylor secondary application prompts in the 2023-2024 medical school cycle. Given that the essays are a bit different than the other Texas schools, we recommend students pre-writing these essays. 

    If you have questions about your AMCAS or TMDSAS application, contact us below! We can help you edit your secondary essay edits, activities descriptions, and personal statement

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    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2023 - 2024

    Baylor Secondary Application MD Essay Prompts

    1. In addition to training as a competent physician, please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply. What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career path? (1000 characters)
      • Clinical Research

      • Healthcare/disparities/medical undeserved communities

      • Academic Medicine

      • Community Health

      • Simulation in medical education

      • Health systems science

      • Telehealth

      • Advocacy

    2. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat TMDSAS or AMCAS application information. This section is mandatory. Please make sure you submit an essay or your application will not be reviewed by the committee. (2000 characters)
    3. Are you planning to matriculate into medical school immediately after completing your undergraduate education? If not, please explain what activities and/or careers you have pursued in the time between your college education and your application. (2000 characters)

    Baylor MD PhD Secondary Application Additional Essay Prompts

    1. Please describe your primary research Interests for PhD training. (1000 characters)
    2. Why do you think Baylor College of Medicine MD/PhD Program would be a good place for you to train to be a physician scientist? Please provide names of potential Baylor College of Medicine and/or Rice University faculty with whom you would like to work. (Will not limit final research project or mentor selection) (1500characters)
    3. Tell us about a characteristic(s) that may enable you to interact with people from a wide range of ages, experiences, viewpoints, and backgrounds. (1000 characters)
    4. List your published articles, please provide full citations:

    Tips to Answer Baylor Secondary Application Essays

    Baylor Secondary Application Pre-Writing Guidance: The Baylor College of Medicine secondary application did not change last year, and since the approach to answer these questions take a bit more “out of the box” thinking, we would recommend Texas applicants to pre-write their Baylor secondary application essays.

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Tip #1: For essay #1, if you have a question about what each career path category entails or which career path to choose given your application, fill out the contact form to ask Dr. Rachel Rizal and Dr. Rishi Mediratta. We are here to help you stand out!

    Baylor Medical School Secondary Application Essay #1 is very similar to Stanford’s secondary. And, the schools have similar missions! You can read more of our Stanford secondary essay tips here

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Tip #2: Baylor College of Medicine is an innovative school. Reflect how you’ve been innovative in your endeavors, whether it’s through writing composition or your research. You can discuss innovation in essay #1 and essay #2. No matter what professional path you choose, you can incorporate innovation. For example, if you choose the Baylor secondary application “Academic Medicine” choice, you can discuss how you will innovate in medicine through research. On the other hand, if you choose the Baylor secondary application “Healthcare/disparities/medical underserved communities,” you can discuss how you will innovate in decreasing healthcare disparities, such as finding funding mechanisms to improve health insurance access in Texas.

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Tip #3: Baylor has enough space where you should add “Why Baylor” in at least one place throughout the secondary essay. Some students opt to talk about their extra-curricular activities and “Why Baylor” for their Baylor secondary response. Read more about how to answer “Why this medical school” essays. Read our Cracking Baylor College of Medicine school profile to get detailed information about Baylor’s medical school curriculum and culture. 

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    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Tip #4: For the essay, “Are you planning to matriculate into medical school immediately after completing your undergraduate education? If not, please explain what activities and/or careers you have pursued in the time between your college education and your application” we suggest utilizing all the space. We think the best essays are organized activity-by-activity. Typically, our students will have 1 paragraph per 1 anticipated activity.

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Tip #5: Have questions about how you can stand out? Contact us below. Need editing help on your secondary? We can help you through our secondary essay packages

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    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2022 - 2023

    NOTE: Baylor changed its essay prompts from previous years.

    1. In addition to training as a competent physician, please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply. What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career path? (1000 characters)
      • Clinical Research

      • Healthcare/disparities/medical undeserved communities

      • Academic Medicine

      • Community Health

      • Simulation in medical education

      • Health systems science

      • Telehealth

      • Advocacy

    2. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat TMDSAS or AMCAS application information. This section is mandatory. Please make sure you submit an essay or your application will not be reviewed by the committee. (2000 characters)
    3. Are you planning to matriculate into medical school immediately after completing your undergraduate education? If not, please explain what activities and/or careers you have pursued in the time between your college education and your application. (2000 characters)

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2021 – 2022

    1. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat TMDSAS or AMCAS application information. (2,000 characters max)

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2020 – 2021

    1. If you have taken a gap year(s), please explain what you have been, or will be, doing since graduating from your undergrad institution. (2,000 characters max)
    2. Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice? (2,000 characters max)
    3. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information. (2,000 characters max)

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2019 – 2020

    1. If you have taken a gap year(s), please explain what you have been, or will be, doing since graduating from your undergrad institution. (2,000 characters max)
    2. Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice? (2,000 characters max)
    3. (Required) Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information. (2,000 characters max)

    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2018 – 2019

    1. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information. (2,000 characters max)
    2. (Optional) What did you do during your gap year? (2,000 characters max)
    3. (Optional) Is becoming a physician a second career for you? If so, what was your first career choice? (If yes, 2,000 characters max)
    MSTP Essay Prompts
    1. Please describe your primary research Interests for the PhD portion of dual degree training including potential Baylor College of Medicine or Rice University faculty with whom you would like to work. (This will not limit final research project or mentor selection). (2,000 characters max)

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    Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2017 – 2018

    1. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information. (2,000 characters max)
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