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  1. erikreinertsen

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    Another SDNer and I searched, but did not find an MD/PhD-specific secondaries thread. So let's make it happen. This is a rough draft and in no way definitive. I am sure I omitted something, or included prompts that are in the regular secondary. Please let me know what should be corrected.

    These are not the entire secondaries. These are MD/PhD program-specific additions to the regular secondary. The original secondaries thread can be found here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=728204. If a secondary is not mentioned below, it means I thought there was no supplemental app beyond the regular MD app.

    Contributors: ablavar, StoicJosher

    HMS-MIT (HST)

    1. Indicate the PhD program type you are applying to: (options given)

    2. Briefly list your research interests/areas; use keywords only. This information is not binding (100 character limit):

    3. Please list the names of all Research Supervisors who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf.

    ==================================================

    Stanford

    Describe your reasons for pursuing medical scientist training in relation to your long-term career goals? Why are you applying to a combined degree program rather than graduate or medical school only?

    ==================================================

    University of Washington

    Indicate the area of research in which you are interested in pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.

    Please supplement the AMCAS personal comments by explaining why you are interested in MD/PhD programs and why you are specifically interested in the University of Washington's MSTP. Describe your career plans as you see them now, and how the Medical Scientist Training Program is in accordance with your future plans in medicine. One page limit.

    How did you find out about the University of Washington's Medical Scientist Training Program?

    ==================================================

    UCSF

    List the research projects on which you have worked below. If you have answered these questions on the AMCAS application, you MUST also answer them on this application for our records. You may use the same responses for our application. Include Date, Project Title, and Advisor / Complete Address / Phone (limit 500 words)

    Please describe in detail your most recent research project. (limit 500 words)

    Please list publications, honors, and presentations resulting from your research experience. (limit 500 words)

    Please describe briefly your reasons for applying to MSTP. (limit 250 words)

    Please list below the names of those writing your letters. (limit 250 words)

    ==================================================

    Yale

    Write a one-page statement concerning:
    • Your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study
    • The graduate program you propose to follow at Yale
    • The strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field

    Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss your interest in the Yale University School of Medicine. Please limit your response to 500 words.

    ==================================================

    Columbia P&S

    Please describe your goals as a Physician/Scientist. Who are your role models?

    ==================================================

    Mayo

    Write a brief paragraph explaining why you are applying to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic. (I got mine in ~1200 chars)

    Rating sheet from your letter writers also required.

    ==================================================

    UCLA / Caltech

    Specific Areas of Interest at UCLA:
    - List your areas of interest on one line separating each by a comma.
    - Include names of faculty at UCLA whose work is of interest - 400 character limit

    Please DO NOT use hard returns between faculty names, rather separate by commas.
    Listing faculty names causes the information to overlap with question below on the Admission Committee's version of application.

    *Repeat above for Caltech

    ==================================================

    Emory / GATech

    Briefly describe (in approximately 100 words) your interest in Emory's MD/PhD program.

    ==================================================

    Northwestern

    Please describe your current research interest. 400 words.

    ==================================================

    Pittsburgh

    I think the prompt is to literally copy-paste one's CV.

    ==================================================

    Boston University

    Please provide a statement, up to 750 words in length, detailing your interest in the MD-PhD program and how you envision it supporting your long term goals. In this statement, please describe your qualifications and the objectives of your educational program, report on your prior research activities, teaching experience, publications, research presentations, independent studies, and membership in academic, professional, or honorary societies. It is important that you detail your own role in the research activities you list.

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    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Please describe your significant research experiences. In your statement, please specify your research supervisor's name and affiliation, the duration of the experience, the nature of the problem studied, and your contributions to the project. If your research resulted in a publication on which you were an author, please provide the full citation. Please describe any ideas or plans you have for PhD research or rotations, including any specific PhD mentors or PhD projects that you may have considered. (10000 char)

    ==================================================

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Please list your area(s) of interest in graduate study. These may be general and/or specific: (270 char)

    ==================================================

    New York University

    The ultimate goal of our institution is to produce a population of physicians with a collective desire to improve the health of all segments of our society through 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 include completion of a dual degree program, please elaborate here. (2500 char)

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    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Please describe your current research interest as you plan your research training. (Limit your response to about 400 words.)

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    Tufts

    Describe your research interests. If the research of a Tufts faculty member is of particular interest to you, identify the faculty member and describe your interest in his/her work (3000 characters or less).

    If you have already completed your bachelor's degree, list in resume format your full-time activities since graduation. If you have not yet graduated, please list any activities or work experiences that you feel are relevant to your interest in our MD/PhD program (3000 characters or less).

    ==================================================

    University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medice

    Briefly indicate areas of scientific interest and potential graduate study.

    ==================================================

    University of Michigan Medical School

    MSTP applicants: Instead of the above, briefly describe why you decided to apply to the University of Michigan MSTP. If you are interested in a specific department, program, or area of research for your Ph.D., please provide a brief explanation (we recognize that your interests may change).

    ==================================================

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Please provide keywords or phrases that more specifically identify your research interest. Note there is a 500 character limit.

    ==================================================

    University of Wisconsin

    Please describe the research that you would like to do as an MSTP student and how that research will prepare you for your career. (Limit response to 500 words.)

    ==================================================

    Washington University School of Medicine

    Please give a brief description (no longer than 6 sentences) of the area of science you are most interested in studying.

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  2. erikreinertsen

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    :thumbup: :thumbup: I have been looking for something like this but could not find any other than the secondary thread for regular MD. This thread will be tremendously helpful for us who are going to apply this coming cycle. Thank you so much for compiling the prompts and trying to extend this thread.

    I have a quick question. Many secondary prompts, such as those of Stanford and UCSF, ask for the same thing as the two AMCAS essays "Why MD/PhD" and "Research Description." Should I just copy and paste the whole thing in ? Even if I paraphrase a little bit, the main points will still be the same. Will that make the essays sound banal to the adcom, given that they have to read the same things over ?

    Thanks a lot.
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    Having the same essay or something similar is a good thing. If you have two completely different responses to the same question then it may seem weird to the adcoms.

    Some schools (Case Western) actually give you the option of copying your essay straight from AMCAS or submit a modified version with updates if you'd like. Otherwise, some prompts may incorporate parts of AMCAS prompts but have school specific elements such as why specifically this school or what your interests are. Others may ask for something like describe your current project or why MD/PhD + how that will help your future goals/what they are, etc etc.

    The adcoms seem to want to hear the same answers over and over again because I can guarantee that Why MD/PhD, describe your research etc will come up again at your interviews and probably multiple times at multiple schools. So you should get used to repeating yourself.
  5. Piper9132

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    I will add to this thread later in the week... This will be helpful for future applicants who aren't procrastinators like myself :D
  6. erikreinertsen

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    Definitely a question I struggled with as well. I agree with SBR, but I also tweaked my essay to better fit the program. Assuming there was no explicit essay that said "Why our institution", I felt like it couldn't hurt to end an essay on my career plans or research description with reasons why a particular program resonated with my interests.
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    :wow: ive been looking for this ever since i discovered the pre-allo secondary section...

    Thanks SOOO much for posting this...and again :wow: thanks a lottt!
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    I can't access most of my apps anymore but here is one more to add to the list.

    It would also be easier for future applicants if the schools were alphabetized. Kudos on the initiative!
  9. erikreinertsen

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    Thanks for Tufts, will add. Also, great suggestion. I planned on doing that but ... got lazy. Will do soon.
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    Another SDNer and I searched, but did not find an MD/PhD-specific secondaries thread. So let's make it happen. This is a rough draft and in no way definitive. I am sure I omitted something, or included prompts that are in the regular secondary. Please let me know what should be corrected.

    These are not the entire secondaries. These are MD/PhD program-specific additions to the regular secondary. The original secondaries thread can be found here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=728204. If a secondary is not mentioned below, it means I thought there was no supplemental app beyond the regular MD app.

    Contributors: ablavar, StoicJosher, Piper9132

    HMS-MIT (HST)

    1. Indicate the PhD program type you are applying to: (options given)

    2. Briefly list your research interests/areas; use keywords only. This information is not binding (100 character limit):

    3. Please list the names of all Research Supervisors who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf.

    ==================================================

    Stanford

    (1) Describe your most significant research experience. Include the rationale, results, and conclusions, and the role you played in each of these components (2,500 characters).

    (2) Please describe in a short paragraph your educational and family background (500 characters).

    (3) Describe your reasons for pursuing medical scientist training in relation to your long-term career goals? Why are you applying to a combined degree program rather than graduate or medical school only (800 characters)?

    (4) Describe your current lab affiliation and the weekly time commitment required (800 characters).

    (5) Describe any other research experiences you think would be relevant to the MSTP admissions committee decision (800 characters).

    (6) Describe any other research experiences you think would be relevant to the MSTP admissions committee decision (800 characters).

    (7) Describe any other research experiences you think would be relevant to the MSTP admissions committee decision (800 characters).

    ==================================================

    University of Washington

    Indicate the area of research in which you are interested in pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.

    Please supplement the AMCAS personal comments by explaining why you are interested in MD/PhD programs and why you are specifically interested in the University of Washington's MSTP. Describe your career plans as you see them now, and how the Medical Scientist Training Program is in accordance with your future plans in medicine. One page limit.

    How did you find out about the University of Washington's Medical Scientist Training Program?

    ==================================================

    UCSF

    List the research projects on which you have worked below. If you have answered these questions on the AMCAS application, you MUST also answer them on this application for our records. You may use the same responses for our application. Include Date, Project Title, and Advisor / Complete Address / Phone (limit 500 words)

    Please describe in detail your most recent research project. (limit 500 words)

    Please list publications, honors, and presentations resulting from your research experience. (limit 500 words)

    Please describe briefly your reasons for applying to MSTP. (limit 250 words)

    Please list below the names of those writing your letters. (limit 250 words)

    ==================================================

    Yale

    Write a one-page statement concerning:
    • Your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study
    • The graduate program you propose to follow at Yale
    • The strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field

    Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss your interest in the Yale University School of Medicine. Please limit your response to 500 words.

    ==================================================

    Columbia P&S

    Please describe your goals as a Physician/Scientist. Who are your role models?

    ==================================================

    Mayo

    Write a brief paragraph explaining why you are applying to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic. (I got mine in ~1200 chars)

    Rating sheet from your letter writers also required.

    ==================================================

    UCLA / Caltech

    Specific Areas of Interest at UCLA:
    - List your areas of interest on one line separating each by a comma.
    - Include names of faculty at UCLA whose work is of interest - 400 character limit

    Please DO NOT use hard returns between faculty names, rather separate by commas.
    Listing faculty names causes the information to overlap with question below on the Admission Committee's version of application.

    *Repeat above for Caltech

    ==================================================

    Emory / GATech

    Briefly describe (in approximately 100 words) your interest in Emory's MD/PhD program.

    Provide a description of all research projects you have completed (fill in a form with supervisor name, dates, etc.)

    ==================================================

    Northwestern

    Please describe your current research interest. 400 words.

    ==================================================

    Pittsburgh

    I think the prompt is to literally copy-paste one's CV.

    ==================================================

    Boston University

    Please provide a statement, up to 750 words in length, detailing your interest in the MD-PhD program and how you envision it supporting your long term goals. In this statement, please describe your qualifications and the objectives of your educational program, report on your prior research activities, teaching experience, publications, research presentations, independent studies, and membership in academic, professional, or honorary societies. It is important that you detail your own role in the research activities you list.

    ==================================================

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Please describe your significant research experiences. In your statement, please specify your research supervisor's name and affiliation, the duration of the experience, the nature of the problem studied, and your contributions to the project. If your research resulted in a publication on which you were an author, please provide the full citation. Please describe any ideas or plans you have for PhD research or rotations, including any specific PhD mentors or PhD projects that you may have considered. (10000 char)

    ==================================================

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Please list your area(s) of interest in graduate study. These may be general and/or specific: (270 char)

    ==================================================

    New York University

    The ultimate goal of our institution is to produce a population of physicians with a collective desire to improve the health of all segments of our society through 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 include completion of a dual degree program, please elaborate here. (2500 char)

    ==================================================

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Please describe your current research interest as you plan your research training. (Limit your response to about 400 words.)

    ==================================================

    Tufts

    Describe your research interests. If the research of a Tufts faculty member is of particular interest to you, identify the faculty member and describe your interest in his/her work (3000 characters or less).

    If you have already completed your bachelor's degree, list in resume format your full-time activities since graduation. If you have not yet graduated, please list any activities or work experiences that you feel are relevant to your interest in our MD/PhD program (3000 characters or less).

    ==================================================

    University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medice

    Briefly indicate areas of scientific interest and potential graduate study.

    ==================================================

    University of Michigan Medical School

    MSTP applicants: Instead of the above, briefly describe why you decided to apply to the University of Michigan MSTP. If you are interested in a specific department, program, or area of research for your Ph.D., please provide a brief explanation (we recognize that your interests may change).

    ==================================================

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Please provide keywords or phrases that more specifically identify your research interest. Note there is a 500 character limit.

    ==================================================

    University of Wisconsin

    Please describe the research that you would like to do as an MSTP student and how that research will prepare you for your career. (Limit response to 500 words.)

    ==================================================

    Washington University School of Medicine

    Please give a brief description (no longer than 6 sentences) of the area of science you are most interested in studying.

    ==================================================

    Unversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    NO SECONDARY!!!

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    Wake Forest

    Pick areas of interest for graduate study. Same essays as med school application.

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Research Interests (MD/PhD Applicants Only): If you have identified any specific area(s) of research interest, please list them below.

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    University of Virginia

    Not sure which ones are MD-only and MD/PhD-only... so here are all of the ones I had:

    Why are you interested in attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine? What factors will be most important to you in choosing a medical school?

    How will you contribute to the diversity of your medical school class and the University of Virginia School of Medicine?

    What do you think will be your greatest personal challenge as a physician, and how will you address this?

    What areas of biomedical research and clinical specialty interest you the most? Why?

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    Another SDNer and I searched, but did not find an MD/PhD-specific secondaries thread. So let's make it happen. This is a rough draft and in no way definitive. I am sure I omitted something, or included prompts that are in the regular secondary. Please let me know what should be corrected.

    These are not the entire secondaries. These are MD/PhD program-specific additions to the regular secondary. The original secondaries thread can be found here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=728204. If there was no supplemental app beyond the regular MD app, it will specify that.


    Contributors: erikreinertsen, ablavar, StoicJosher, Piper9132, soundnin


    Albert Einstein

    No additional secondary

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    Baylor

    1. Primary Research Interest(s) and Career Goals (Will not limit final research project selection).
    Limit essay to 2000 characters.

    2. Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity.
    You may expand upon but not repeat AMCAS application information.
    2000 character limit.

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    Boston University

    Please provide a statement, up to 750 words in length, detailing your interest in the MD-PhD program and how you envision it supporting your long term goals. In this statement, please describe your qualifications and the objectives of your educational program, report on your prior research activities, teaching experience, publications, research presentations, independent studies, and membership in academic, professional, or honorary societies. It is important that you detail your own role in the research activities you list.


    ==================================================


    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Please describe your significant research experiences. In your statement, please specify your research supervisor's name and affiliation, the duration of the experience, the nature of the problem studied, and your contributions to the project. If your research resulted in a publication on which you were an author, please provide the full citation. Please describe any ideas or plans you have for PhD research or rotations, including any specific PhD mentors or PhD projects that you may have considered. (10000 char)


    ==================================================


    Columbia P&S

    Please describe your goals as a Physician/Scientist. Who are your role models?


    ==================================================


    Cornell


    No additional secondary

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    Emory / GATech

    Briefly describe (in approximately 100 words) your interest in Emory's MD/PhD program.


    Provide a description of all research projects you have completed (fill in a form with supervisor name, dates, etc.)


    ==================================================


    HMS-MIT (HST)

    1. Indicate the PhD program type you are applying to: (options given)


    2. Briefly list your research interests/areas; use keywords only. This information is not binding (100 character limit):


    3. Please list the names of all Research Supervisors who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf.


    ==================================================

    Indiana University


    We are please that you are interested in the Combined Degree Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. This page allows us to collect information about your graduate school program interest/s prior to your Medical School interview, helping to maximize your visit to Indianapolis.

    Please select the areas that you are interested in for graduate studies:

    Alcohol, Biophysics and Biomolecular Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Hematology and Gene Therapy, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Neurosciences, Diabetes/Metabolic Diseases

    Please name any specific faculty member(s) you would like to meet with.

    ==================================================

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


    Please list your area(s) of interest in graduate study. These may be general and/or specific: (270 char)


    ==================================================


    Mayo

    Write a brief paragraph explaining why you are applying to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic.
    (I got mine in ~1200 chars)

    Rating sheet from your letter writers also required.


    ==================================================


    Medical College of Wisconsin


    No additional secondary

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    Medical University of South Carolina


    No additional secondary

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    New York University

    The ultimate goal of our institution is to produce a population of physicians with a collective desire to improve the health of all segments of our society through 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 include completion of a dual degree program, please elaborate here. (2500 char)


    ==================================================


    Northwestern

    Please describe your current research interest. 400 words.


    ==================================================

    Stanford

    (1) Describe your most significant research experience. Include the rationale, results, and conclusions, and the role you played in each of these components (2,500 characters).


    (2) Please describe in a short paragraph your educational and family background (500 characters).


    (3) Describe your reasons for pursuing medical scientist training in relation to your long-term career goals? Why are you applying to a combined degree program rather than graduate or medical school only (800 characters)?


    (4) Describe your current lab affiliation and the weekly time commitment required (800 characters).


    (5) Describe any other research experiences you think would be relevant to the MSTP admissions committee decision (800 characters).


    (6) Describe any other research experiences you think would be relevant to the MSTP admissions committee decision (800 characters).


    (7) Describe any other research experiences you think would be relevant to the MSTP admissions committee decision (800 characters).


    ==================================================


    Stony Brook


    The MSTP at Stony Brook is an integrated program designed to produce well-trained clinical investigators and medically oriented basic scientists. It involves research training in a basic science department of the student's choice leading to a Ph.D., and the pursuit of complete medical school curriculum leading to an M.D. degree. MSTP students receive a full tuition waiver and stipend support throughout their stay at Stony Brook.
    Students interested in the MSTP are encouraged to apply to this program at the time of application to the medical school and as early as possible, in order to facilitate the dual review process. Consideration for admission to the medical school will not in any way be influenced by application to the MSTP.
    Please feel free to solicit any additional letters of recommendation specifically for the MSTP application. These should be sent along with all other letters of recommendation to the School of Medicine Admissions Office via AMCAS.
    Please describe the basic and/or clinical research fields that you think you might like to explore and/or develop expertise in during your MSTP training. To the extent that you have defined potential specific future clinical interests, please describe the type(s) of medicine that you might be interested in pursuing once you have completed the MSTP.
    Please note that these responses do not commit you to a restricted path if you are accepted to SBU; instead, they are used to help us connect you to the interviewers who can best address your potential interests.

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    Tufts

    Describe your research interests. If the research of a Tufts faculty member is of particular interest to you, identify the faculty member and describe your interest in his/her work (3000 characters or less).


    If you have already completed your bachelor's degree, list in resume format your full-time activities since graduation. If you have not yet graduated, please list any activities or work experiences that you feel are relevant to your interest in our MD/PhD program (3000 characters or less).


    ==================================================


    UCLA / Caltech

    Specific Areas of Interest at UCLA:

    - List your areas of interest on one line separating each by a comma.
    - Include names of faculty at UCLA whose work is of interest - 400 character limit

    Please DO NOT use hard returns between faculty names, rather separate by commas.

    Listing faculty names causes the information to overlap with question below on the Admission Committee's version of application.

    *Repeat above for Caltech


    ==================================================


    UCSF

    List the research projects on which you have worked below. If you have answered these questions on the AMCAS application, you MUST also answer them on this application for our records. You may use the same responses for our application. Include Date, Project Title, and Advisor / Complete Address / Phone (limit 500 words)


    Please describe in detail your most recent research project. (limit 500 words)


    Please list publications, honors, and presentations resulting from your research experience. (limit 500 words)


    Please describe briefly your reasons for applying to MSTP. (limit 250 words)


    Please list below the names of those writing your letters. (limit 250 words)


    ==================================================


    University of Chicago


    Please indicate up to four general areas of research that interest you at present.

    Please provide the names, institutional addresses and telephone numbers of up to three individuals who are familiar with your research and who will provide letters in support of your application to MD/PhD Program of your choice (MD/MSTP, MD/MeSH). These letters should be specific to your application to the MD/Phd Program, are required, and are in addition to those submitted in support of your general application to medical school. It is preferable for your letters to be sent through the AMCAS Letter Service, but if needed, letters may also be sent to:

    Admissions 104W
    Office of Medical Education
    Pritzker School of Medicine
    924 East 57th Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60637-5416

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    University of Cincinnati


    Tell us about your research projects.

    Tell us about your qualifications as a candidate for the MD/PhD program, your future research interests, and your motivation for entering such a program.

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    University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medice

    Briefly indicate areas of scientific interest and potential graduate study.


    ==================================================

    University of Iowa


    No additional secondary

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    University of Maryland

    No additional secondary

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    University of Michigan Medical School

    MSTP applicants: Instead of the above, briefly describe why you decided to apply to the University of Michigan MSTP. If you are interested in a specific department, program, or area of research for your Ph.D., please provide a brief explanation (we recognize that your interests may change).


    ==================================================


    Unversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    NO SECONDARY!!!


    ==================================================


    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Research Interests (MD/PhD Applicants Only): If you have identified any specific area(s) of research interest, please list them below.


    ==================================================


    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Please provide keywords or phrases that more specifically identify your research interest. Note there is a 500 character limit.


    ==================================================

    University of Pittsburgh


    They ask you to list faculty you are interested in and your pubs, abstracts, posters, etc. and 2 references.

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    University of Virginia

    What areas of biomedical research and clinical specialty interest you the most? Why?

    ==================================================

    University of Washington

    Indicate the area of research in which you are interested in pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.


    Please supplement the AMCAS personal comments by explaining why you are interested in MD/PhD programs and why you are specifically interested in the University of Washington's MSTP. Describe your career plans as you see them now, and how the Medical Scientist Training Program is in accordance with your future plans in medicine. One page limit.


    How did you find out about the University of Washington's Medical Scientist Training Program?


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    University of Wisconsin

    Please describe the research that you would like to do as an MSTP student and how that research will prepare you for your career. (Limit response to 500 words.)


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    Vanderbilt


    No additional secondary

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    Wake Forest

    Pick areas of interest for graduate study. Same essays as med school application.


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    Washington University School of Medicine

    Please give a brief description (no longer than 6 sentences) of the area of science you are most interested in studying.


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    Yale

    Write a one-page statement concerning:

    • Your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study
    • The graduate program you propose to follow at Yale
    • The strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field

    Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss your interest in the Yale University School of Medicine. Please limit your response to 500 words.


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    Last edited: 03.21.12
  12. soundnin

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    I alphabetized, reorganized, deleted duplicates, added all my schools that weren't already listed, added OP to the list of contributors, and changed the instructions from (paraphrasing) "if a school isn't listed, then there was no additional secondary" to "if a school didn't have an additional secondary, then it will say so" so that someone who's browsing the list won't have to wonder if a school isn't listed because no one applied and knows the prompts or if the school didn't have additional MD/PhD specific prompts.
  13. erikreinertsen

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    Wow, great work Soundnin! Thanks so much. Did you want me to update the first post with the latest, or are things cool as is?
  14. LaEsponja

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    Love this thread! Thanks :)
  15. Piper9132

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    Hey! Can this be made a "Sticky"? I do not want to see it get lost in the forum.
  16. blazinfury

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    Thank you so much for this thread. I do have a question about LORs. My school has a pre-med committee and ultimately they choose which LORs will be submitted-- not me. So when various schools ask: "Please list the names of faculty who will submit letters on your behalf", how am I supposed to answer those questions if I do not know who specifically my school chose. Thank you.
  17. erikreinertsen

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    This seems annoying. Have you asked the pre-med committee how it works? They would best know how to answer, as I am sure previous students from your school also had the same issue. Hope it works out!

    Let's keep this thread focused on secondary prompts. If your issue is more complex than it seems, you should make a new thread. People on this forum are usually quite helpful!
  18. bzotter

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    Just recently submitted MSTP apps for the 2012-2013 cycle. Leaving town for a few weeks in July so I wanted to bump this thread to see if anyone got any MD/PhD-specific secondary prompts from this cycle yet. I'm sure they won't change much from last year to this year, but this thread will probably be very helpful for current MSTP applicants. Thanks for your help.
  19. erikreinertsen

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    Bump! Sorry it's a bit late for current applicants. Best of luck to all.
  20. erikreinertsen

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    Bump for the 2013 season! GL all.
  21. plumazul

    plumazul ☮, ♥, & ♫ Gold Donor

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    Thank you for doing this :thumbup::thumbup:

    Would you consider keeping the most current list in post #1? I think this would be helpful.

    Thanks again.:)
  22. MSTPlease

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    yep, would have died for this when I was applying. This thread should definitely be somewhere permanent.
  23. MrNeuro

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    Yeah really helped me. I will say however dont forget to look at the MD specific prompts too as you will most likely have to answer those as well.
  24. mac2013

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    does anybody know which schools have a completely different set of questions for mstp or md/phd applicants?
    i know duke does

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