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NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts

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    NOTE: NYU Grossman changed its essays from previous years in the current application cycle. It removed the COVID-19 secondary essay prompt.

    Ever since NYU Medical School went tuition free, getting accepted into the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University has been increasingly tougher. Other than a strong academic background, the way to differentiate yourself is through submitting phenomenal NYU School of Medicine secondary application essays and acing the NYU Multiple Mini Interview.

    Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has a track record of helping our mentees receive acceptances to NYU Grossman and NYU Long Island. Get started and read our NYU Medical School secondary application tips below. To learn more about student life, read our NYU Medical School Profile

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2022-2023

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts

    NOTE: NYU Grossman changed its essays from previous years in the current application cycle. It removed the COVID-19 secondary essay. 

    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application. (No limit)
    2. 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. (No limit)
    3. 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 Grossman School of Medicine community? (2,500 characters max)
    4. 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 and why? If your plans require that you complete a dual degree program, please elaborate here. (2,500 characters max)
    5. Please answer only one of the following three questions: (2,500 characters max)
      • 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?

    Tips to Answer NYU Medical School  Secondary Essays

     
    NYU Secondary Application Tip #1: NYU Grossman values research and clinical experiences. As much as possible on the NYU secondary application, highlight your clinical experiences and research work. Show your direct impact on patients. Explain how you’ve advanced your research project. For example, you can write about research in the NYU secondary question, “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 Grossman School of Medicine community?

    NYU Secondary Application Tip #2: To answer the NYU Grossman secondary application question, “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 Grossman School of Medicine community?” you DO NOT have to necessarily talk about your ethnic background. We recommend students write about their strengths, including exceptional extracurricular activity endeavors. As mentioned in NYU Secondary Tip #1 above, we recommend you talk about research and clinical experiences if these are your strengths.

    NYU Secondary Application Tip #3: Include patient stories. Discuss what insights you gained from these clinical experiences.

    NYU Secondary Application Tip #4: New York University Long Island focuses on primary care. Discuss your experiences and your aspirations in primary care settings. On the other hand, New York University Grossman is in the heart of New York City. Make sure to discuss your insights about urban health issues.

    NYU Secondary Application Tip #5: Take advantage of the unlimited character limit to discuss your gap years. Be thorough and include all your endeavors.

    NYU Secondary Application Tip #6: While there is no correct way to format and write the gap year essay, contact us to discuss how to best format it. 

    NYU Secondary Application Tip #7: Start early and get our help. The NYU Medical School secondary application not only has several essay, but the essays also have large word limits. Have questions about how you can stand out? Contact us below. Need editing help on your secondary? Dr. Mediratta and Dr. Rizal can personally help you through our secondary essay packages

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2021-2022

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application. (No limit)
    2. 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. (No limit)
    3. 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 Grossman School of Medicine community? (2,500 characters max)
    4. 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 and why? If your plans require that you complete a dual degree program, please elaborate here. (2,500 characters max)
    5. Please answer only one of the following three questions: (2,500 characters max)
      • 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?
    6. In light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, how do you view your potential role as a frontline healthcare provider? (2,500 characters max)

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    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2020-2021

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application. (No limit)
    2. 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. (No limit)
    3. 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 Grossman School of Medicine Community? (2,500 characters max)
    4. 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 and why? If your plans require that you complete a dual degree program, please elaborate here. (2,500 characters max)
    5. Please answer only one of the following three 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?
    6. In light of the public health emergency that was the COVID-19 pandemic, how do you view
      your potential role as a frontline healthcare provider?

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2019-2020

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.
    2. 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.
    3. The following question is designed to assess the ways in which you embody our institution’s core values (2,500 characters max):
      • 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?
    4. NYU School of Medicine is committed to enrolling a diverse student body. At your option, please provide the following information not contained in the AMCAS application:
      Single or Married?
      Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community?
      Are you a First Generation College student?
      Are you a child of a physician?

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2018-2019

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts 
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.
    2. 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.
    3. 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? (2,500 characters max)
    4. 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. (2,500 characters max)
    5. Please answer only one of the following three questions (2,500 characters max):

      • 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?

    MSTP Essay Prompts:
    1. Dropdowns to choose 5 faculty with whom you could see yourself working with in the future.
    2. Space to enter how many hours of full-time research you’ve done. From the form:
      1. How many months of full-time research experience have you completed? When estimating this amount, you may convert part-time research into its full-time equivalent. For example, if you conducted part-time research for 1 year for ~50% of the time, this would equal 6 months of full-time research.
        Please do not include lab experiences associated with a course (e.g., organic chemistry course with lab).
    3 YR MD Tertiary Essay Prompts:

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

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

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

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

    1. Please select the residency program you wish to apply to:
    2. Please describe your motivation for pursuing a residency, detailing how past experiences have shaped your desire to pursue this career path. (2,500 characters max)
    3. What do you believe the three most important qualities are that make for not only a successful resident, but ultimately an ideal physician in this field? (2,500 characters max)

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    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2017-2018

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.
    2. 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.
    3. The following questions are designed to assess ways in which you embody our institution’s core values (2,500 characters max for each answer):
      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 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?
      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.
    4. Please answer only one of the following three 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?

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2016-2017

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.
    2. 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.
    3. The following questions are designed to assess ways in which you embody our institution’s core values:
      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 excellence, strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential. (2,500 characters max)
      2. What unique qualities or experiences do you possess that would contribute specifically to the NYU School of Medicine community? (2,500 characters max)
      3. 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. (2,500 characters max)
    4. Please answer only one of the following three questions (2,500 characters max):
      • 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?

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2015-2016

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.
    2. 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.
    3. The following questions are designed to assess ways in which you embody our institution’s core values:
      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 excellence, strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential. (2,500 characters max)
      2. What unique qualities or experiences do you possess that would contribute specifically to the NYU School of Medicine community? (2,500 characters max)
      3. 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. (2,500 characters max)
    4. Please answer only one of the following three questions (2,500 characters max):
      • 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?

    NYU School of Medicine Secondary Application Essays: 2014-2015

    NYU Grossman Secondary Essay Prompts
    1. If applicable, please comment on significant fluctuations in your academic record which are not explained elsewhere on your application.
    2. 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.
    3. The following questions are designed to assess ways in which you embody our institution’s core values (2,500 characters max for each answer):
      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 excellence, strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential.
      2. What unique qualities or experiences do you possess that would contribute specifically to the NYU School of Medicine community?
    4. 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. (2,500 characters max)
    5. Please answer only one of the following three questions (2,500 characters max):
      • 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?
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