Yale Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: Tips to Stand Out

Yale Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts

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    Getting accepted to Yale School of Medicine is hard. Very hard. Submitting an OUTSTANDING Yale Medical School secondary application is vital to receiving an interview invite, which ultimately can lead to an acceptance. Yale loves to recruit the best of the best, students from all backgrounds. While you still need to have a solid academic background, they are more interested in how you will become one of  the next leaders in healthcare. Therefore, almost all med school applicants receive a Yale secondary application because the admissions committee wants to see what you have to offer as an applicant. 

    Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has a track record of helping our mentees receive interview invites and acceptances to Yale School of Medicine year after year, including the Yale MSTP program.  Get started and read our Yale Medical School secondary application tips below. To learn more about student life, the curriulum, and Yale School of Medicine admissions, read our Cracking Yale School of Medicine Admissions: Tips to Stand Out

     

    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2022 – 2023

    1. Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (500 words max)
    2. MD Applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions.
      MD/PhD Applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.
      1. While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
      2. Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
    3. (Optional) This section should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application. If you are a recent graduate, please also list your post-graduation plans/activities in the “Additional Information” section and submit any relevant updates for finalized plans/activities as the application year progresses. (500 words max)

    Tips to Answer Yale Medical School
    Secondary Essays

     
    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Tip #1: Answer as many questions as possible. Our Cracking Med School Admissions team does not view Yale secondary application questions as optional. What can you write about in the last essay (optional Yale Med essay)? You can literally write about anything. But write about something that will show the admissions committee another perspective about you. Many of our mentees who have worked with us through our medical school application packages have discussed topics like: family background, cultural / gender identity, unique leadership opportunities, and extra-curricular activities they were not able to discuss in other Yale med school secondary application essays. 

    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Tip #2: Highlight your leadership, passion to change healthcare, and impact on society. Yale Med recruits the next generation of healthcare leaders. Tell stories to convey your impact and leadership. For example, if you conducted research over a gap year, tell a story about a challenge you faced or a patient you met while conducting a clinical trial. 

    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Tip #3: Understand Yale’s Open Curriculum and discuss how you will thrive in this environment. How will you take advantage of the Pass/Fail system and opportunities at Yale? In addition to discussing the curriculum, your have a lot of space to convey “Why Yale Medical School?”

    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Tip #4: Yale School of Medicine requires its Yale Med students to write a thesis. Because research is a vital cornerstone of the Yale Med curriculum, discuss research that you have pursued as a premed student clearly on the Yale Med School secondary application.

    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Tip #5: Yale medical school secondary essays are like medical school personal statements. Contact us below if you want our help to STAND OUT. Need editing help on your secondary? We can help you through our secondary essay packages.

    Yale Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2021 – 2022

    1. Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (500 words max)
    2. MD Applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions.
      MD/PhD Applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.
      1. While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
      2. Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
    3. (Optional) This section should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application. If you are a recent graduate, please also list your post-graduation plans/activities in the “Additional Information” section and submit any relevant updates for finalized plans/activities as the application year progresses. (500 words max)

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    Yale Med School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2020 – 2021

    1. Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (500 words max)
    2. MD Applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions.
      MD/PhD Applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.
      1. While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
      2. Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)

    Yale Med School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2019 – 2020

    1. Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (500 words max)
    2. MD Applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions.
      MD/PhD Applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.
      1. While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
      2. Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
    3. (Optional) This section should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application. If you are a recent graduate, please also list your post-graduation plans/activities in the “Additional Information” section and submit any relevant updates for finalized plans/activities as the application year progresses. (500 words max)
    4. (Optional) There is also an activities/achievements section, questions about your academic background (multiple choice), and parental/diversity questions (multiple choice).

    Yale Med School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2018 – 2019

    1. Yale School of Medicine values diversity in all its forms. How will your background and experiences contribute to this important focus of our institution and inform your future role as a physician? (500 words max)
    2. MD Applicants: Please answer either one of the following questions.
      MD/PhD Applicants: Please answer question 2 as it pertains to your proposed PhD research.
      1. While there is great emphasis on the physician-patient relationship, Yale School of Medicine also emphasizes the importance of training future physicians to care for communities and populations. Describe how your experiences would contribute to this aspect of the mission of the Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
      2. Research is essential to patient care, and all students at Yale School of Medicine complete a research thesis. Tell us how your research interests, skills and experiences would contribute to scholarship at Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
    3. (Optional) This section should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application. (500 words max)
    4. Write a statement concerning (500 words max):
      • Your reasons for wishing to undertake the combined MD/PhD program, rather than the MD program alone.
      • The specific PhD program that you propose to follow at Yale.
      • The strengths of that Yale graduate program and its faculty as they relate to your career goals.

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    Yale Med School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2017 – 2018

    1. Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss your interest in Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
    2. (Optional) This section should be used to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee any important information (personal, academic, or professional) not discussed in other sections of your Yale Secondary Application. (500 words max)

    Yale Med School Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2016 – 2017

    1. Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss your interest in Yale School of Medicine. (500 words max)
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