Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015

Medical School secondary application essay have been distributed to applicants since the first week of July! Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has been busy helping students submitting their numerous secondaries. Whether you’re a pre-med wondering what types of prompts you will receive in the future or whether you’re a current applicant looking at the wide variety of essays, check out our list of medical school secondary application essay prompts for the 2015-2016 application cycle.

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Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

Medical school secondary application essay prompts are listed in alphabetical order.

Brown Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) Summarize your activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. Describe how your activities are preparing you for a medical career (2,000 characters including spaces).

2) 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 (2,000 characters with spaces)?

3) What are your aspirations for your medical practice? Fast-forward to 15 years in the future: where do you imagine yourself? (3,000 characters, including spaces)


Emory Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) List your entire curriculum plan for the 2015-2016 academic year. If you are not currently in school, please briefly describe your plans for the upcoming year (200 words).

2) 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)

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

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


Geisel at Dartmouth Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016 

1) Please indicate your plans for the 2015-16 academic year. If in school, please list your courses. If working, let us know something about the nature of your job. If your plans or courses change subsequently, you need to inform the Admissions Office by email at

2) 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.


Georgetown Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) 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 community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1000 Characters)

2) 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)

3) Why have you chosen to apply to the Georgetown University School of Medicine and how do you think your education at Georgetown will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1-2 pages)


George Washington Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) 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 2015-2016 application cycle, or from the point of application through matriculation in 2016. (750 characters)

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

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

4) 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)

5) 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)


Hofstra North Shore Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) If you are currently not a matriculated student, please indicate what you have been doing since the time of graduation until now. (1,500 characters including spaces)

2) Please use this space to describe any challenge or obstacle you have faced prior to your application to medical school and how you addressed that challenge. (1,500 characters including spaces)


Johns Hopkins Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) Briefly describe your single, most rewarding experience. Feel free to refer to an experience previously described in your AMCAS application. This space is limited to 900 characters.

2) Are there any areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you? If so, please comment. This space is limited to 1100 characters.

3) Briefly describe a situation where you had to overcome adversity; include lessons learned and how you think it will affect your career as a future physician. This space is limited to 900 characters.

4) Briefly describe a situation where you were not in the majority. What did you learn from this experience? This space is limited to 1100 characters.

5) The Admissions Committee values hearing about each candidate for admission, including what qualities the candidate might bring to the School of Medicine if admitted. If you feel there is information not already addressed in the application that will enable the Committee to know more about you and this has influenced your desire to be a physician, feel free to write a brief statement in the space below. You may address any subject you wish, such as being a first generation college student, or being a part of a minority group (whether because of your sexual orientation, religion, economic status, gender identity, ethnicity), or being the child of undocumented immigrants or being undocumented yourself, etc. Please note that this question is optional and that you will not be penalized should you choose not to answer it. This space is limited to 1100 characters.

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Medical School of Wisconsin (MSW) Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) Why MCW? (1,000 Characters)


Mount Sinai Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) Please tell us about a passion (professional or personal) that you have had thus far in your life. (200 words)

2) Please tell us about a situation in which working with others has been challenging (200 words)


New York University Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

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 following questions are designed to assess ways in which you embody our institution’s core values. Please limit each answer to a maximum of 2500 characters.

1) The Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach to evaluate a wide range of student qualities and life experiences that are complementary to demonstrated academic excellenec, 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?

2) 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.

3) 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?


Penn State Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) Please indicate the entering first-year class year to which you applied, and explain how your qualifications have changed since your previous application. (No more than 75 words)

2) What have you been doing since graduation? What are your plans for the year? (75 words)

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

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

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

6) 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 (Maximum 250 words).


Pritzker University of Chicago Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

“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.”

1) 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.

2) 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.


Rush Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

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

2) List your medical / non medical volunteer experiences:

3) Based on these experiences, please describe what you have learned through your involvement, the attributes you would bring to Rush Medical College, and the impact you would have on the greater Rush Community (2,000 characters)

4) Please describe your most significant achievement outside the classroom (750 Characters)

5) Describe your specific interest in Rush Medical College and what campus opportunities you would most look forward as a student (1,000 characters)


Stanford Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

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

– Academic Medicine

– Health Policy / Administration

– Primary Care

– Public Health

3) 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? (1,000 characters with spaces)

4) How will the Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (1,000 characters w/ spaces)


The Commonwealth Medical College Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) List the 5 most important attributes you feel a physician should possess. Choose one attribute from the above list, and describe one personal experience that best exemplifies that attribute. (1500 characters)

2) Given TCMC’s unique missions and values, please tell us why you feel you are a good fit for our our school.

3) 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? (1,500 characters)


Temple Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

Clerkship Campus Selection

Temple University has three clinical campus opportunities in Pennsylvania.
• Our Regional Campus at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem provides the unique opportunity for 30 students to study the year 1 curriculum in Philadelphia and spend years 2, 3, and 4 in Bethlehem.
• Our Clinical campus site at the Geisinger Health System in Danville provides the opportunity for students to complete all of their third and fourth year required clerkships in Danville.
• Students may also elect to remain in the Philadelphia region for the third and fourth years by selecting Temple University Health System and affiliates.


When responding to the third essay question, please indicate your special interest in your first ranked clinical campus. To learn more about the regional and clinical campuses, click on the name of the campus below.

 Essay Prompts:

1) What is the nature of your special interest in Temple University School of Medicine?

2) How do you anticipate contributing to the TUSM community?

3) Please describe the nature of your special interest in your first ranked Clinical/Regional clerkship campus.

4) What are your plans for the current year- June 2015 until June 2016?


University of Pennsylvania Perelman Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters)

2) Have you participated in any global activities outside of the US prior to submitting your AMCAS application? What country? Please describe the activities in 1,000 characters or less.

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

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


University of Wisconsin Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) The Admissions Committee takes many factors into consideration when reviewing your application. A successful applicant is frequently one who communicates what makes them exceptional and why they will become an outstanding physician. You are invited but not required to provide additional information in this essay. Some applicants tell us about hardships and challenges that they have faced in their lives and how these experiences have helped them become caring and compassionate individuals. Other applicants use this space to emphasize a particular passion they have related to their future career in medicine. If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, you may want to tell us why you are interested in the University of Wisconsin or about a special connection that you may have to our state or people who live here. Our goal is to gain insight into you as a unique applicant. You may include anything in this essay that you feel is relevant. (Limit response to 500 words.)


University of California, Riverside Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

All responses 250 words

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

2) What has been the single MOST important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful?

3) Have you received any honors while in college?

4) What is the MOST important honor (one) you received? Why do you view this as important?

5) What has been your MOST scholarly project? Describe one and give number of hours, dates, and advisors.

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

7) Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal?

8) What is the most important health care issue confronting disadvantaged communities and what would be your first steps to address this issue?


University of Southern California Keck Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

1) What is the most fun you’ve had lately? (3-5 sentences)

2) If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (3-5 sentences)

3) If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? (3-5)

4) What aspect of the future of medicine causes you the most concern? (3-5)

5) Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were true. Please answer the question in 200 words or less.

6) Have you ever previously applied to any medical school? Upon reflection, what do you think went wrong? Please answer the question in 200 words or less.


Wake Forest Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts 2015-2016

Required Medical School Secondary Application Essays: 

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

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

1) The AAMC lists 15 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, Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Inquiry, Written Communication, Living Systems, and Human Behavior.

 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 or less).


Optional Essay Questions

a) 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 or less).

b) If you are a re-applicant, please describe if you have made any significant changes or improvements from your previous application (200 words or less)

c) Describe any connection you have to Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, or North Carolina (200 words or less)

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