Columbia Medical School Secondary Application Prompts

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Columbia Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2018 – 2019
  • If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)
  • In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 characters)
  • If you have graduated from college, please briefly summarize what you have done in   the interim. (300 words)
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know? (300 words)
  • Please describe your parents’ occupations. (100 characters)
  • If you answer yes to the “Did you work during undergrad?” checkbox, this question appears:
    “Did you work for compensation during college during the year or the summer? If so, what did you do? How many hours a week did you work? (300 words)”

MD/PhD:

  1. What Academic Honors Have You Received? (e.g. prizes, scholarships, fellowships, honors societies). (5000 Characters)
  2. What are your major research interests? (20 words)
  3. PhD Goals (5000 characters)
  4. Additional Information (5000 Characters)

Columbia Bassett:

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

Cracking Med School Admissions
Secondary Application

Tips & Checklist:

  • Check secondary application deadlines for each school.
  • When you receive secondaries, make deadlines for yourself about when you will complete them.
  • Try to submit your secondary applications within 2 weeks of receiving them.
  • Use the secondary application as a way to write about experiences that were not discussed in the primary application.
  • Research each school and look for professors, activities, and programs that complement your previous experiences and interests.
  • Proofread essays that you are adapting for various schools.
  • Submit your secondaries early!

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Columbia Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2017 – 2018
  • The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 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 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1000 characters)
  • Is there any further information that you would like the Committee on Admissions to be aware of when reviewing your file that you were not able to notate in another section of this or the AMCAS Application? (1000 characters)
  • Why have you chosen to apply to the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and how do you think your education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)
  • If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)
  • From which languages can you translate scholarly material into English?
  • In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 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)
  • Please describe your parents’ occupations: (100 words)
Columbia Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2016 – 2017
  • If your name is often mispronounced, how do you pronounce it? What is your preferred name? (25 characters)
  • If your last name is often mispronounced, how do you pronounce it? (25 characters)
    If you took time off from your undergraduate studies, please briefly summarize your reasons for doing so. (250 words)
  • From which languages can you translate scholarly material into English?
  • In what collegiate extracurriculars did you engage? (400 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)
  • Please describe your parents’ occupations. (100 characters)
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