Perelman School or Medicine UPenn Secondary Application Essay Prompts

Perelman School of Medicine UPenn Secondary Application Essay Prompts

UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts by Year
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    Getting accepted to Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is hard. Very hard. Submitting an OUTSTANDING UPenn secondary application is vital to receiving an interview invite, which ultimately can lead to an acceptance. Perelman School of Medicine loves to recruit the best of the best, students from all backgrounds. Your AMCAS application and UPenn medical school secondary application must show strong research and strong academics. 

    The UPenn secondary application is rather short, so if you receive a secondary from the admissions committee, make sure to fill it out right away. 

    Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has a track record of helping our mentees receive acceptances to UPenn Medical School year after year. We are successful in helping students receive acceptances to both MD, MD/MBA, and MSTP (MD/PhD). Get started and read our Perelman School of Medicine secondary application tips below. 

    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2022 – 2023

    1. Were there changes to your academic work and/or personal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic that you would like to share with the committee? Yes or No?
      If yes, please describe these changes during this time. (500 characters max)
    2. If you were offered an option to continue courses with a standard grading system or switch to Pass/Fail, and you chose Pass/Fail, please describe the reason(s) for your decision here. (500 characters max)
    3. Have you taken any online courses for credit? (Not due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
    4. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?
    5. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters max)
    6. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (1,000 characters max)
    7. 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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    8. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1,000 characters max)
    9. 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.
    10. The Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) is deeply committed to recruiting a diverse class to enrich an inclusive team-based learning experience. How would you and your experiences contribute to the diversity of the student body and/or how would you contribute to an inclusive atmosphere at PSOM? (1,000 characters max)
    11. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 characters max)

    Tips to Answer
    UPenn Secondary Application Essays


    UPenn Secondary Application Tip #1: Highlight your leadership, passion to change healthcare, and impact on society. 

    UPenn Secondary Application Tip #2: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania values research and clinical experiences. As much as possible on the UPenn medical school secondary application, highlight your clinical experiences and research work. Show your direct impact on patients. Explain how you’ve advanced your research project. Also convey your vision in how you will transform this area of medicine. 

    UPenn Secondary Application Tip #3: Don’t forget to add awards.

    UPenn Secondary Application Tip #4: Be very specific about why you want to go to UPenn School of Medicine. Talk about projects and research you want to do at UPenn. UPenn is a very interdisciplinary institution, so don’t hold back if you have ideas to work with a leader in the business school professor, a nursing in the School of Nursing, or a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering. Read an example of how to write a strong “why this medical school” essay.

    UPenn Secondary Application Tip #5: For the diversity essays, remember that diversity is all encompassing. We recommend our students to talk about their strengths and what passions & skills they will bring to the Perelman School of Medicine. 

    UPenn Secondary Application Tip #6: Note that the secondary essay prompts have not changed much over the years. This is definitely a good secondary to start pre-writing after you’ve submitted your AMCAS. Have questions about how you can stand out? Contact us below. Need editing help on your secondary? We can help you edit and strategize your UPenn medical school essays through our secondary essay packages.

    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2021 – 2022

    1. Were there changes to your academic work and/or personal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic that you would like to share with the committee? Yes or No?
      If yes, please describe these changes during this time. (500 characters max)
    2. If you were offered an option to continue courses with a standard grading system or switch to Pass/Fail, and you chose Pass/Fail, please describe the reason(s) for your decision here. (500 characters max)
    3. Have you taken any online courses for credit? (Not due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
    4. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?
    5. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters max)
    6. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (1,000 characters max)
    7. 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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    8. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1,000 characters max)
    9. 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.
    10. The Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) is deeply committed to recruiting a diverse class to enrich an inclusive team-based learning experience. How would you and your experiences contribute to the diversity of the student body and/or how would you contribute to an inclusive atmosphere at PSOM? (1,000 characters max)
    11. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 characters max)

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    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2020 – 2021

    1. Were there changes to your academic work and/or personal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic that you would like to share with the committee? Yes or No?
      If yes, please describe these changes during this time. (500 characters max)
    2. If you were offered an option to continue courses with a standard grading system or switch to Pass/Fail, and you chose Pass/Fail, please describe the reason(s) for your decision here. (500 characters max)
    3. Have you taken any online courses for credit? (Not due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
    4. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?
    5. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters max)
    6. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (1,000 characters max)
    7. 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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    8. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1,000 characters max)
    9. 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.
    10. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 characters max)

    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2019 – 2020

    1. Have you taken any online courses for credit? Yes or No?
    2. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? Yes or No? List all awards received.
    3. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters max)
    4. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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. (1,000 characters max)

    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2018 – 2019

    1. Have you taken any online courses for credit? Yes or No?
    2. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? Yes or No? List all awards received.
    3. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    4. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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. (1,000 characters max)

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    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2017 – 2018

    1. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? Yes or No? List all awards received.
    2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters max)
    3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    5. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    6. 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.
    7. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 characters max)

    UPenn 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? Yes or No? List all awards received.
    2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters max)
    3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    5. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    6. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 characters max)

    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2015 – 2016

    1. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe. (Each line, 100 characters max)
    2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (If yes, 500 characters max)
    3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    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.) (If yes, 1,000 characters max)
    5. If you are traveling outside of the U.S. during the application year, will you need special scheduling if invited for an interview? If so, please describe and indicate dates that you are in the U.S. (255 characters max)
    6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1,000 characters max)
    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. (1,000 characters max)

    UPenn Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2014 – 2015

    1. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe. (Each line, 100 characters max)
    2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (If yes, 250 characters max)
    3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?
    4. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.)
    5. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 characters max)
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