Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Secondary Application

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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Secondary Application

University of Pennsylvania Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2018 – 2019
  1. Have you taken any online courses for credit?
  2. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?
  3. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (If you answer yes, 1,000 character limit)
  4. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?
  5. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging 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 if you answer yes)
  6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters if yes)
  7. Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates
  8. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

MSTP (MD/PhD):

  1. Additional pages to check your preferred research group at the time of application (History and Sociology of Medicine, Anthropology, and Business/Economics have further requirements). Also a 500 character box to list keywords related to your research interests.

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  • 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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University of Pennsylvania Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2017 – 2018
  1. The University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman 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 University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine 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 University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine and how do you think your education at University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)
University of Pennsylvania Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2016 – 2017
  1. 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.)
  2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters if yes)
  3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (1000 characters if yes)
  4. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging 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 if yes) 
  5. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters if yes) 
  6. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. Limit your response to 1,000 characters.
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