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    Here are the essay prompts that have been gathered. Special thanks to LadyBulldog, who did most of the gathering work, along with a few other contributers.

    Disclaimer: These are from the 2005 secondaries. Schools DO change secondary questions from year to year. These are useful to get an idea of what might be asked, but don't count on your secondaries being exactly the same.

    These are also as reported by sdn members. If you have changes to make or schools to add, please PM them to me so that I can add them right into the list in alphabetical order.

    EDIT 8/9/05: Many schools have been updated for 2006. If you have any additional changes, feel free to post them or PM them to me. I'll try to keep the list current so it can be used for next year as well.
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    AECOM
    Explain education interruption.

    Albany Medical College

    1. Describe yourself:
    2. If selected for an interview, what one life experience would you most like to talk about?

    Baylor

    Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you? (my paraphrasing)

    Strong motivation for a career in medicine, human compassion, an abiding interest in the problems of people, leadership skills, the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and a high level of personal integrity are essential qualities of the physician. Additional criteria also include: socioeconomic background, first person in immediate family to graduate from college, multilingual proficiency, responsibilities while attending secondary and/or undergraduate schools, community involvement and geographic diversity.

    This was a box about 1/3 the size of the personal statement.

    Boston University (BU)
    If you spent time doing something between undergrad and application you need to submit a letter explaining why/what you did with your time. if you do not have a committee letter (and instead have individual LORs) you have to write something explaining why.

    new for 2006: optional essay
    The following essay question is intended to provide you with an opportunity to expand and elaborate upon the information provided in other parts of your application. Our goal is to learn something about you as a person, to get a sense of who you are and what you are about, beyond the basic facts of your academic work and your life history as it is otherwise available to us. We do recognize, however, that most of our applicants are applying to many medical schools and that the cumulative work of the application process is substantial. Therefore, this essay is optional. We do hope that you will write the essay, but if you feel that this essay will duplicate information you have provided elsewhere or that we can get an accurate picture of you without it, please do not feel obligated to write it. If you have provided us with a comprehensive understanding of your life history, your academic work, your nonacademic pursuits, and your personal strengths, you will not be penalized in any way for choosing not to write this essay.

    Query on Professionalism

    The concept of professionalism in medicine has become an issue of great interest in the last several years. While there are many definitions of professionalism, the following commentary sets out the key points:
    Medicine is not a trade to be learned, but a profession to be entered. A profession is characterized by a specialized body of knowledge that its members must teach and expand, by a code of ethics and a duty of service that put patient care above self-interest, and by the privilege of self-regulation granted by society. [Snyder L, et. al. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142;560-582.]

    Please write a 250-500 word reflection on the concept of professionalism in medicine and the traits by which it is constituted. Focus your comments on ways in which you have been challenged by your own life experiences en route to a career in medicine, as well as on ways in which your own experiences have shaped your understanding of the profession of medicine and your own determination to undertake the obligations inherent in this career. Use this essay to provide us with insights that are not reflected in your AMCAS Personal Statement or other parts of your application.


    Case Western
    1. The Admissions Committee is interested in gaining insight into you as a person. Type or Copy and Paste a brief essay on a subject outside of medicine, which has been an area of great interest to you. Please limit your essay to 2 pages (about 7,000 characters).

    2. If you have had experience doing research or other scholarly work, please
    describe your experience, including the question you pursued and how you approached it, your results and interpretation of the results, and any thoughts about what this experience meant to you. Please limit your response to 1 page (about 3,500 characters). In addition, please add your thoughts about why this research experience has motivated you to consider a career as a physician investigator (limit your response up to an additional page).

    3. Has any member of your family ever been affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and/or Cleveland Clinic as a student, staff, or faculty member? If so, please explain.

    Cincinnati
    If it has been 6 months or more since you graduated from college, please briefly describe your major activities since you received your college degree.

    Columbia
    who knows what they will do this year now that they've switched to AMCAS, but here are the questions they used last year:
    1.) What satisfactions do you expect to receive from your activities as a physician? (Enter your response in essay format. LIMIT WRITING TO 2484 CHARACTERS.)
    2.) In what collegiate extracurricular activities did you engage? (Enter your response in list format using commas. LIMIT WRITING TO 759 CHARACTERS.)
    3.) Please list collegiate honors, awards, and memberships in honorary societies (Enter your response in list format using commas. LIMIT WRITING TO 345 CHARACTERS. )
    4.) About how many hours per week, if any, did you spend in work for which you were recompensed during the college year?
    (LIMIT WRITING TO 207 CHARACTERS.)
    5.) What sort of work did you do (include summer employment)?*
    (Enter your response in list format using commas. LIMIT WRITING TO 1104 CHARACTERS.)
    6.) If your education has been interrupted for any reason, please indicate briefly the reasons, the duration of the interruption and how your time was spent. ( Enter your response in essay format. LIMIT WRITING TO 1311 CHARACTERS.)
    7.) If you have additional information that you would like to include with your application, compose a document offline in a word processor and upload it here. Use this uploaded document to record any information that does not fit into the application form, including additional majors or colleges. The only exception is courses that do not fit into the course history pages. For courses that do not fit into the course history pages, upload a document at the bottom of the Additional Course History section.

    Cornell
    1. If you are not attending college during the upcoming academic year, what are your plans? Please limit your statement to less than 200 words.
    2. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Please limit your statement to less than 200 words.

    Creighton University
    go to http://medicine.creighton.edu/medsc...ns/AppInfo.html
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    Dartmouth
    1. Please indicate what you are doing during the 2003-2004 academic year. If in school, list courses. If working, let us know something about the nature of your job.
    2. Please share with us something about yourself that is not addressed elsewhere in your application and which could be helpful to the Admissions Committee as we review your file.

    Drexel
    List of activities, jobs, etc. Relatives who've gone to MCP/Hahnemann or Drexel. Etc. No essays.

    Duke
    1. Please provide us information on the most important community service/volunteer activities in which you have been involved. Please indicate your role, the length of time that you were involved, and the number of hours/week, if applicable, that you participated. How has participation in these activities impacted your preparation for a career in medicine? (500 characters)
    2. Among the service activities that you listed on your AMCAS application, in which activity did you feel that you truly made an impact on someone else? What was the impact on you? (500 characters)
    3. Each student brings strengths and weaknesses to the medical school class. How might your own experiences or lack of experiences, strengths and/or weaknesses, advantages and/or disadvantages contribute to the makeup of next year's class? How have these impacted your personal development and how have they contributed to your preparation for a career in medicine? (500 characters)
    4. Please provide a list of your honors and awards. Indicate the one(s) of which you are the most proud and why. (500 characters)
    5. Please provide a chronological list of your work experience while in college, or subsequent to your graduation, if applicable. Please indicate the length of your employment, number of hours worked/week, and your exact job title. (500 characters)
    6. Have you participated in or conducted investigative research? If so, please describe below. If you have published or are listed as an author on a publication or a manuscript in press, please provide the title, authors, and name of journal. (500 characters)
    7. Outside of the classroom, (i.e., encounters with academic dishonesty, etc.) describe a difficult moral or ethical situation that you have encountered and how you dealt with it. What personal strengths, values, and beliefs helped you deal with or meet this challenge? (1000 characters)
    8. The scientific and popular news media have heralded several "life-extending" and “life-altering” technologies--among which are embryonic stem-cell research, cloning, genetic intervention, and organ transplantation. While such technologies represent remarkable developments and applications of our emerging scientific understanding, these technologies raise critical issues with respect to the ethics, morality and economics of these technologies. Identify some of the critical issues evoked by such technologies and address what potential moral, theological, and ethical questions might arise from the decisions made regarding developing and using these technologies in the care of patients. (1000 characters)

    Emory
    -If it was not included on your AMCAS application, please list your entire curriculum plan for the 2004-2005 academic year.
    -Briefly describe (in approximately 50 words) what you are doing if you are no longer a fulltime student.
    -Briefly describe (in approximately 100 words) any health-related experience and/or research experience (volunteer or employed). Also, indicate the time and frequency of your involvement. Note: If you have had experience in several health-related areas, list each with a very brief description. Or, you may choose the most meaningful experience and describe it in more detail.
    -Briefly discuss (in approximately 100 words) any special interests attracting you to Emory.

    Florida State
    (no limit)
    -Travel: Indicate your significant travel experiences and include the circumstances.
    -Fun and Diversion: Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.)
    -Miscellaneous: Identify any other traits, habits, experiences, interests, etc., that a professor or advisor would not normally learn about you.
    -Parents: For both mother and father, give the following: a) Where they were raised, b) 4-5 traits that would describe him/her to a stranger, c) Traits you get from him/her, d) Your rapport with him/her, e) His/her hobbies or interests
    -Siblings: Give names, ages and a few brief comments about your brothers and sisters.
    -Spouse/Steady Friend: Brief Comments
    -Practice Vision: In what field of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now?

    Georgetown
    their financial aid app is longer than their secondary
    they ask you to list any relatives who have been or are currently associated with Gtown, submit a photo and a check (no surprises there) and then ask you to submit a one-page essay on:
    *Why have you chosen to apply at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and how do you think your education at Georgetown will prepare you to become a physician for the future?

    GW
    http://www.gwumc.edu/edu/admis/html/admissions/APPLYGWSMHS.html

    Harvard
    1. If you have already graduated, briefly summarize your activities since graduation.
    2. Please state your reason for interest in [the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology]. Include areas of research interests. Please keep your comments to the equivalent of one page of single-spaced text with a font size of 10 or 12. (Only relevant if you’re applying to HST.)
    3. State your reasons for wishing to pursue a combined study program at HMS. Describe in detail specific research in which you have been involved and include what kind of research you would like to do. Average length of this statement of intent is usually the equivalent of one to three pages, single-spaced, with a font size of 10 or 12. (Only relevant if you’re applying to MD-PhD program.)
    4. Please list any publications that may have resulted from your research. If you have been a co-author on a paper or a book chapter, please provide a full reference, including the titles and names of all authors. (ditto, MD-PhD)

    Jefferson Medical College
    1. If there is any additional information you would like to provide please include it in the box below. (Please limit your response to 2000 characters and do not cut and paste.)
    Wants SAT scores

    Johns Hopkins
    this one is available online without a password
    1.) Describe briefly how you selected your undergraduate school and major area of study. (This space is limited to 900 characters)
    2.) If you have already received your bachelor's degree, please describe what you have been doing since graduation, and your plans for the upcoming year.
    3.) If you interrupted your college education for a semester or longer, please describe what you did during that time.
    4.) List any academic honors or awards you have received since entering college
    5.) List paid employment since entering college, dates, and average number of hours worked per week:
    6.) List below your major unpaid extracurricular activities, hobbies, interests, and travel following entrance to college, and
    indicate your degree of involvement:
    7.) Briefly describe your most rewarding experience or some achievement of which you are particularly proud:
    (This space is limited to 900 characters)
    8.) Are there any areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you? If so, please comment:
    (This space is limited to 1100 characters).
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    Loma Linda
    Basically a list of questions, there is generally enough room for one large paragraph or two small ones.

    1. What do you know about Loma Linda?

    2. What is attractive about Loma Linda?

    3. What traits make you a desirable candidate for admission to Loma Linda?

    4. This school is a Seventh-day Adventist institution. The curriculum integrates ethical and relational issues from a Christian perspective into the practice of medicine. Weekly chapel services are part of this program. Please respond to the above as it relates to your personal educational and career goals. (750 characters, Max)

    You also have to write something about what you think about their no drinking policy.

    Loyola
    1. What do you consider a valuable experience in your personal development? This might be a decision you have made, an achievement of which you are particularly proud, or a person who has influenced your life.
    2. Describe briefly how you have dealt with a personal or academic problem you have encountered.
    3. How did you reach your decision to enter medicine? Describe your participation in any health care or other activities which reinforced your decision.
    4. What self-education, research, or independent scholastic work have you undertaken and what do you feel you have accomplished in this work?
    5. If you will not be enrolled as a full-time student during the current academic year, please explain what you will be doing prior to your planned matriculation into medical school.
    6. Please use this space to bring the information contained on your AMCAS application up-to-date. Indicate grades earned, alterations in your proposed course work or graduation date, address changes, additions to your list of activities, and anything else you feel we should know.

    Mayo
    No essay - phone secondary

    Medical College of Wisconsin
    no essays

    Medical College (University) of Ohio
    1. Briefly discuss any extenuating circumstances which you feel are pertinent to your application (poor grades, course withdrawals, etc).

    2. The Medical College of Ohio is committed to excellence in education which prepares graduates to deliver quality health care. Developing cultural competence is an important goal in our curriculum. Cultural competence is defined as an awareness, understanding and ability to use specific methods to deal effectively with cultural issues and its role in health and health care. Please discuss a life experience in which you feel you demonstrated cultural competence.

    Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
    The first part of the secondary is online through their website. It just asks for contact info, schools attended, and parental info. Then you submit that and pay the fee online. Then there's an email with a link to additional stuff, which is pdf files (not fillable forms). The Demographic Profile form asks:
    1-3)English second language? Stuff about how you paid for college.
    4) Is this a career change? If it has been more than 6 months since you finished your bachelor's degree, tell us your principal employment since that time (List whether halftime or more and dates): [four lines of room]
    5) What area of medicine do you expect to pursue at this stage? [one line]
    6) In what region of the country do you plan to practice? Explain your reasons for choosing this area: [3 lines]
    7) Describe any achievements or experiences that you believe make you a unique student. [3 lines]
    8) Hometown
    9) Family income (total income of all members living at home)
    10) How many siblings?

    You can also send an extra page titled "Consideration for Close Ties" explaining in detail your ties to SC, if you are not a resident.

    Miami
    -What do you think of our website? How can we improve it?
    -Why are you applying here?
    -Community Work: organized activities performed for the benefit of the community (375 characters)
    -Employment: work experiences during the past five years that have been unrelated to science or healthcare (375 characters)
    -Counseling/Teaching/Leadership: activities as a leader, organizer, counselor, advisor, or teacher (375 characters)

    Michigan State CHM
    1. After reviewing the mission of the College of Human Medicine and reflecting on life experiences that have had the most significant impact on your decision to become a physician, please discuss your experiences and your goals in terms of the mission of the College of Human Medicine. (0/1900 characters)
    2. Discuss a compassionate or altruistic activity that you have been involved in. (0/1900 characters)
    3. Consider a time that you experienced failure, were disappointed in yourself, or fell short of the expectations of others. How did you respond to this experience? What did you learn from this experience? (0/1900 characters)

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    1. What makes you special, someone who will add to the Mount Sinai community? (suggested 250 words or less)
    2. Indicate the reasons for your specific interest in Mount Sinai. (suggested 200 words or less)
    3. Describe your past and current research activities indicating the nature of the work, where it was done, the time period involved, and the research mentor. If you have published any abstracts or papers, please provide the citations. Describe your current expectation with respect to your career in biomedicine and how the MSTP training fits into those goals.

    MSUCOM
    Essay Instructions: Please discuss the topic listed below. Your response should total no more than one page and the font size must not be smaller than 10 pt. Include your name, the last four (4) digits of your social security number, and e-mail address at the top right hand corner of the page. Send the original plus two copies with your completed secondary application.
    "Describe a personal or ethical challenge you have faced that has influenced the development of your character. How has this experience prepared you to become an osteopathic physician?"
    They also require a very extensive list of Non-academic experiences going back to high school.

    Nebraska
    No essay

    Northwestern
    Essay #1
    Describe the distinguishable characteristics you possess and tell us how you think these characteristics will enhance your success as a FSM medical student and future physician.
    (Limit your response to about 400 words)
    Essay #2
    Describe a time when you faced personal adversity that was not school related. What coping strategies did you employ/develop? If you believe you have not had such an experience(s), feel free to tell us anything more you'd like the Committee on Admissions to know about how you deal with personal challenges (e.g. financial, relationship, family, employment).
    (Limit your response to this space or about 400 words.)
    Essay #3
    Please select either a), b), or c) to answer:
    a. If, by the time you enter medical school, you have not been (or, will not have been) enrolled as a full-time student in a formal education program for more than 6 months at any time, please list the dates below and describe what you did (or, will be doing) during your time away from formal education.
    b. If you have been enrolled in formal education and have spent a semester or more overseas, please describe what you did and its influence on your personal development.
    c. If you have been enrolled in formal education but option b) does not apply to you, please describe in detail an out-of-the-classroom activity that has influenced your personal development.
    (Limit your response to this space or about 300 words.)

    NYU
    Explain education interruption. List all jobs with dates you have had.
    If there is any information you wish to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee regarding a physical or emotional problem that you feel may have affected your scholastic performance, please indicate below. (You may enter up to 1500 characters.)

    Ohio State
    (from previous year)1. Please describe your interest in attending The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and the unique qualities that you would bring to the entering class.
    (from entering 2006)1. Please define altruism and provide an example or two where you exhibited altruistic behavior in your past activities.
    (600 words or less)
    2. In the space provided, describe your motivation for a career in medicine and experience you have had that helped confirm this desire.
    (600 words or less)

    OHSU
    SUPPLEMENTAL PERSONAL STATEMENT (REQUIRED):
    What values and personal attributes gained from your life experiences have best prepared you to enter the profession of medicine? (Please submit on a separate sheet of paper, do not exceed one page.)
    EMPLOYMENT/ACTIVITIES HISTORY (REQUIRED):
    Using a general format similar to the one below, give us a chronological account of your major activities and employment, including volunteer and summer activities, for the five years immediately preceding your proposed entry to medical school. (Please submit on a separate sheet of paper, do not exceed one page.)
    FROM (Mo/Yr To Mo/Yr); ACTIVITY (i.e. Work, School): BRIEF DESCRIPTION; LOCATION (City/State)

    Oklahoma
    No essay
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    Penn State
    -Why did you choose to apply to Penn State College of Medicine? (Maximum 50 words)
    -Is there any information, not included in either the AMCAS application or this supplemental form that you wish to communicate to the Admissions Committee? (Maximum 50 words)

    Rochester
    No essay

    Rosalind Franklin
    Personal Comments ? If you wish to make additional comments or update the comments you made on your AMCAS application, please do so.

    Rush
    1. State one major problem you encountered during the past three to five years and explain how you resolved it.
    2. Briefly describe the personal characteristics that make you effective in working with people and outline your skills, interest, aptitude and temperament in relation to your suitability for a career in medicine.
    3. What do you feel are your greatest academic and non-academic strengths? Explain.
    4. What do you feel are your greatest academic and non-academic weaknesses? Explain.
    5. Who do you feel will be most likely to provide you emotional support while in medical school? Give relationship and reason for choosing the individual(s).
    6. List your hobbies in order of importance to you.
    7. What other career possibilities did you consider and why did you reject them?
    8. Briefly describe your experiences in working with people, the general responsibilities of each, and how long you held the positions.
    If you have had limited experiences in working with people in the health field, be sure to list any life experience, both paid or voluntary, including high school, college or community service.
    9. If you have had any experiences working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, please describe and explain what you have learned from these experiences?
    10a. What plans do you have following graduation from medical school?
    10b.Do you have any plans to practice in a medically under-served area? ? Yes x No If yes, please explain.
    11. If you were forced to choose a medical specialty today, what area of medicine would you choose? Why?
    12. List physicans or healthcare professionals in your family. Indicate relationship/profession and if, applicable, role with Rush Medical College.

    South Alabama
    (NO ESSAY)

    St. Louis University (SLU)
    1. Please list the year/s of any previous application
    (following are yes/no, explain)
    2. Is any member of your family a student or graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine?
    3. Were you a full time undergraduate student during the 2005-2006 academic year?
    4. Do you wish to include any comments, other than your AMCAS personal statement, to the Admissions Committee?
    5. Were you ever the recipient of any action (e.g. dismissal, disqualification, suspension, etc.) by any college for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violations?
    6. I have read and understand the academic and technical standards and can comply with those requirements.
    Saint Louis University School of Medicine is in compliance with all requirements of our teaching hospital affiliates

    Stanford
    1. The Committee on Admissions regards the diversity of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. (Please limit your answer to 2,000 characters including spaces.)
    2. What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Choose the single answer that best describes your career goals.
    a. Fulltime private practice, with the option to engage in teaching and collaborations in clinical research projects with an academic institution and other public service activities
    b. Fulltime employee of a government or non-governmental organization engaged in Health Policy planning such as the World Health Organization, Office of the Surgeon General or the Food and Drug Administration
    c. Fulltime faculty member of a Medical School or Research Institute engaged in research activities and teaching
    d. Fulltime Public Health Officer for county, state or federal government
    e. Fulltime Hospital or Insurance Company administrator (Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross of California)
    3. Why do you feel you are particularly suited for this career? What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces.)
    4. In 2003, the Stanford School of Medicine implemented a new curriculum to better integrate the scientific basis of medicine with clinical practice. A key element of this curriculum is a requirement for in-depth didactic and scholarly activities through participation in a scholarly concentration of your choice. Details of the curriculum and scholarly concentrations are available at http://med.stanford.edu/md/curriculum, which we ask you to review prior to answering the last essay questions. How will the Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces.)

    SUNY Downstate
    No essay.

    SUNY Stony Brook
    3 essays of max 1 page each.
    1. In your opinion, what contemporary medical issue needs to be addressed in the U.S. healthcare system and why?
    2. What non-medically related experience has been most influential in your life?
    3. In your intellectual development and preparation for a medical career, which non-science college course has been most valuable? Why?

    Temple
    What is the nature of your special interest in Temple University School of Medicine? (Use the following space, to provide information to supplement your application)

    Tufts
    very easy secondary. they want a photo and 95 bucks.
    Is there an personal reason or circumstance/history that motivates you to attend TUSM in particular or to study in Boston, as opposed to attending another school or studying in another city? (Directions state that a simple “no” is typical and acceptable.) They also ask you to list any family members who have gone to tufts.

    Tulane
    What have you been doing since you graduated? What field of medicine are you interested in? List hobbies, non-academic interests (e.g. items you collect, genre of favorite reading material). List leadership positions. Single most meaningful volunteer experience? Why Temple? And lots of other random little bits of info.
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    Uniformed Services University
    This form is primarily intended as your instrument to tell the Committee in Admissions about your specific interest in USUHS for your medical education and to explain your motivation for military medicine and something about your experience or familiarity with the military services. In addition, you may expand your AMCAS statement and tell us whatever you would like the Committee to know about you. Be creative and concise in your comments. (one page)

    University of Alabama - Birmingham
    http://www.uab.edu/uasom/mss/suppapp.pdf

    UC Davis
    1. Describe a difficult situation you have had to overcome in your life or during your college academic experience. How do you feel this will prepare you for a career in medicine? Limit your response to 1500 characters.

    2. If the practice of medicine ceased to exist - there were no physicians, what would you do instead, and why? Limit your response to 1500 characters.

    3. Every applicant reflects a variety of backgrounds and strengths. The Admissions Committee assesses the applicant's contributions to their class, the medical school and the potential of an applicant to contribute to society. Please describe to the Admissions Committee what you have to offer in this regard. Limit your response to 1500 characters.

    4. Pick one item you selected above and describe in the space below what you did and how it will make you a better physician. (1500 char)
    --This is for a number of different sections, so you will need one for work experience, one for medical related experience, one for volunteer experience, one for research experience, one for leadership experience, and there is one other section that I didn't fill out, I can't remember why.

    UC Irvine
    Answer the following using only the space provided (1,800 characters, with spaces). Use a font size of 11, Times New Roman.

    1. In evaluating applicants with a variety of backgrounds and strengths the Admissions Committee assesses each applicant for what they can contribute to their class and also the potential of an applicant to contribute to society. Please describe to the Admissions Committee what you have to offer in this regard.

    2. Please describe to the Admissions Committee a challenge you have overcome and what you learned about yourself from that experience.

    UCLA
    They had like 10 prompts, but each were real short, just a few sentences. And their instructions said something mysterious like "you don't have to answer all of the questions, just the ones that will help us get to know you better":
    1. A disadvantage you've overcome
    2. Most scholastic effort (thesis project, etc.)
    3. Honors and awards
    4. Where you'll be in 10 years
    5. Significant non-scholastic acheivement
    6. Leadership experience


    University of Colorado
    The University of Colorado Admissions Committee is interested in obtaining additional information from applicants who have lived in a rural or a medically underserved area. A rural area is defined as a community with a population of 15,000 or less. A medically underserved area refers to an urban or rural area without adequate health care services.
    1. Have you lived in a rural area or medically underserved area? Yes
    If YES, how many years? 26 years.
    2. Is there anything else that you wish the Admissions Committee to consider in evaluating your application?
    The Admissions Committee must select a limited number of applicants for interview from the large applicant pool. In order to obtain additional information for the committee regarding your potential fit as a University of Colorado medical student, you are asked to write a brief essay (Please limit the length of the essay to approximately 250 words). The topic is listed below:
    Write about why you are interested in attending medical school in Colorado. Include how you see yourself fitting into this school and what strengths you would bring.
    You can compose your essay in a word processing program and paste it into the box below.

    UCONN:
    1. Describe your motivation to become a physician
    2. What do you see as the most significant issue the medical profession will face in the next forty years?
    3. Describe your experiences in the health care field. Give details. What insights have you gained about problems you will face as a physician?
    4. Describe your major extracurricular activity, including time commitment , leadership responsibilities, accomplishments and benefits you gained. What special interests or talents have you sought to develop?
    5. What is your research and/or teaching experience? Describe the project and/or teaching. How did you benefit from your experience? If you are planning a research experience for this next year, describe your plans.
    6. What field of medicine is most appealing to you at this time and why?

    UCSD
    1) AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
    This should be a true autobiographical statement. Topics to be included are family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, early adult years, and future career goals in medicine. You should also discuss the motivational factors which led you to a career in medicine including any disadvantages or obstacles which might put your accomplishments into context. A repeat of your AMCAS statement will not be acceptable. DO NOT EXCEED THE SPACE PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE (no more than two pages long) Use a font size or pitch which is easily readable.

    UCSF
    Best secondary ever! They basically want $60, your signature, and you can write them an update if you want

    U Chicago (updated for 2006)
    3A. Relate an experience in which you felt you truly helped someone.
    3B. If you have been involved in research, what did you learn that makes this type of experience worth recommending to others?
    3C. Tell us about a difficult or challenging situation that you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills that you called upon to resolve the dilemma, and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice.
    12. Additional Information Please feel free to use this space to convey any additional information that you might wish the Committee to know. There is a limit of 1000 characters including spaces.
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    University of Florida
    (NO ESSAYS UNLESS REAPPLICANT)
    How have you made your application stronger?

    University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
    A) Describe the important experience(s) in your life which you feel began the process that motivated you to enter the career of medicine.
    B) Please explain why you are applying to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
    All secondary materials sent by SNAIL MAIL.
    All essay responses to be TYPEWRITTEN.

    UI-Carver COM
    1. Please explain your reasons for applying to the UI Carver COM. We understand that you are probably applying to several medical schools. We are interested in learning why you included Iowa on your list of medical schools.
    2. What else would you like the Admissions Committee to know about you? If you are a reapplicant to this College of Medicine, please describe how you have strengthened your application.

    UIC
    -List all extracurricular activities (e.g. volunteer work, employment, clubs, etc.). Please indicate the activity, period of participation, number of hours per week, and whether it was volunteer or employment-related. Please make sure that the information is consistent with the information on your AMCAS application. (Feel free to attach an additional sheet if needed).
    -If you have overcome some particular disadvantage such as financial difficulty, educational deprivation, or other obstacles that hindered your academic performance, briefly explain the circumstances in the space provided below. (Don?t exceed 200 words)
    -If you have received special recognition for your accomplishments, such as advanced degrees, publications, awards, etc., briefly describe in the space provided below. Provide supporting documentation if possible. (Don?t exceed 250 words)
    -Please describe the top three medical specialties in which you might choose to practice. Indicate if you have not made such choices. (Don?t exceed 250 words)
    -Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. Please use the back of this sheet for additional explanation. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don?t exceed 150 words)

    University of Kentucky
    (no apparent character limit on any of these)
    1. Describe your past experiences in learning from small group instructional methods (such as case discussion, problem based learning, recitation groups, and the like.) Include the extensiveness of this kind of instruction, the nature of the experience, and your reaction to the method.
    2. How would you describe your current computer skills? (Include your comfort with computers, current proficiency, and plans for growth.)
    3. How would you describe your ability to use unscheduled time during the day for learning?
    4. What are the competencies and qualities you feel a physician should possess for practice in the 21st century?
    5. Describe the most significant community service activity in which you have participated. How did it affect you?
    6. Describe any previous research experience you have had. Please indicate whether or not you are interested in an MD/Ph.D degree. Please indicate whether or not you are interested in a career in academic medicine.

    U Maryland
    if i recall, there wasn't much room to answer these (they do mean brief when they say it) and i had to chop down my "most important experience" quite a lot. like many schools, i had to include a letter explaining my lack of composite LOR.
    1.) HAS YOUR EDUCATION TO DATE BEEN CONTINUOUS OTHER THAN FOR VACATIONS?
    IF NO, INDICATE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE WHILE OUT OF SCHOOL AND WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO DURING THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.
    2.) PLEASE DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN BELOW ANY ACADEMIC PROBLEMS WHICH YOU MIGHT HAVE INCURRED WHILE IN COLLEGE AND/OR
    GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL, INCLUDING WITHDRAWALS FROM COURSES OR SCHOOL, INCOMPLETE GRADES, POOR GRADES, ETC.
    3.) BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT EXPOSURE TO CLINICAL MEDICINE.
    4.) BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MOST SATISYING EXPERIENCE RELATED TO COMMUNITY SERVICE.
    5.) HAVE YOU DONE INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OR STUDY? _ YES XNO
    IF YES, DESCRIBE BRIEFLY:
    6.) IF YOU HAVE WORKED WHILE ATTENDING SCHOOL PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION.
    DATES EMPLOYER POSITION HELD HOURS PER WEEK
    7.) WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE ENTERING A ?PROFESSION??
    8.) PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR LONG TERM CAREER GOALS. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MAJOR INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS LED YOU IN THAT
    DIRECTION?

    University of Massachussets
    There were a few last year, the one i remember was what is your favorite book and why? I forgot the rest, there secondary is relatively short tho. The proof of residency part is longer

    UMDNJ-RWJ (Robert Wood Johnson)
    No secondary essays

    University of Michigan
    NON-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES. List up to six of your most valued recent non-academic activities (such as research, clinical experiences, community service, employment). Include information about hours per week and duration of involvement for each. EXAMPLE: Fayette County Health Department. Nurse's aide for migrant worker program. 8 hrs/wk. 3 months.
    ESSAY. Select one experience from your list in part B and describe in a brief essay how it impacted on your decision to go into medicine. Do not exceed 400 words.

    U of Missouri
    doesn't require an essay unless you're a reapplicant. I've talked to the admissions office. If you are reapplying, this essay is very valuable. You need to state something to the effect of:

    What have you done to make yourself a better candidate since you last applied to U. of Missouri?

    The admissions office told me that if they don't see improvement here, you won't get an interview, when they like what they see, the interview stats for reapplicants are higher than the normal admissions cycle.

    University of Nebraska
    No essay
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    No essay that I remember

    University of Pittsburgh
    1. Describe a personal experience which resulted in a substantial moral or ethical dilemma. What was the outcome? We are reluctant to accept assertions that you have never encountered such a situation. Please do not address cheating in an academic setting. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
    2.(optional)The recruitment of a diverse student body is a major goal of the University of Pittsburgh's Medical School Admissions Committee. Please tell us whether facets of your life and education to date would contribute to the achievement of this goal. Such facets might include your early education, socioeconomic status, culture, race/ethnicity and work experience.
    (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)

    USC-Keck SOM
    1a. Have you applied to any medical school in the past?
    1b. Have you applied to the Keck School of Medicine in the past?
    2. Please briefly explain your interest in the Keck School of Medicine.
    3. Briefly describe any unique qualities and abilities you possess which would contribute to: (A) the educational environment and (B) the diversity of the entering class.
    4. Please provide a summary of your most relevant and recent leadership experiences.
    5. Briefly describe your most relevant extra-curricular activities (volunteer, research, serving disadvantaged or underserved populations, etc...) related to your interest in medicine.
    6. Please provide a copy of the personal statement that you submitted on your AMCAS application.
    There are also additional questions if you are applying to the MD/PhD program

    University of South Florida (no limits)
    -If you applied previously, briefly describe how you have strengthened your candidacy.
    -If you have experienced academic difficulties, please explain the situation(s) and how it was resolved. (Please also explain any grades less than a "B" or any "withdrawal" situations.)
    -Please provide the Committee with an essay profiling yourself and family, including, for example, work experience, travel experiences, fun and diversions, family traits, education, occupations, hobbies, and interests. If married, please include your spouse (and children). This essay should be different from your AMCAS essay.

    U. of Utah
    described in detail on their website.
    Personal statement:
    In addition to the personal comments provided on the AMCAS application, we require an additional personal statement as part of the secondary materials. The personal comments from your AMCAS application will not be accepted as part of your secondary materials. Do not repeat information that is available elsewhere in your application.

    The personal statement should be no longer than two (2) double-spaced pages (12 point font). Applicants are encouraged to pay close attention to punctuation, spelling and grammar.

    Topics for the personal statement may include activities or individuals that have influenced the applicant's life and shaped his or her decision to study medicine. The personal statement should be specific, succinct, straightforward and sincere. It should also tell the committee what motivates the applicant and what the experiences described have taught him or her. The committee is interested in his or her goals in life and in medicine.

    Also included:
    Current course list:
    Premedical course list:
    Activities form:
    Background information form
    Right of access waiver form
    Note: Changes to the secondary application must be submitted to the Admissions Office in writing and approved by the Admissions Committee.

    State certification:
    This is required for all Idaho legal state residents applying to the School of Medicine. Information may be obtained by visiting the following website at
    http://www.isu.edu/departments/enroll/rinfo.shtml or calling Idaho State University at (208) 282-2375.

    Need 6 LORs of specific types (3 academic, 3 supervisor [volunteer, clinical, research])

    U. of Vermont
    1.Optional ? Provide information about yourself and your activities since completion of your AMCAS application.
    2. Optional ? Describe any circumstances regarding your application, which you believe merit special consideration.
    3. Required ? Give the name and population (approximate) of the towns and cities where you have lived and your age while living at each location.

    University of Virginia (300 words each)
    -Why are you interested in attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine?
    -Briefly describe yourself and your medical career as you see it ten years from now.
    -What do you think will be your greatest personal challenge as a physician, and how will you address this?

    UWSOM
    AUTOBIOGRAPHY: You must submit a brief autobiographical statement. It should describe the origin and development of your motivation to be a physician and any other issues of importance. The Personal Comments section of the AMCAS application may be used to satisfy this requirement, or an additional autobiography may be submitted with your supplemental materials. Please write your name and SSN at the top of the page and indicate on the data form if you are submitting an additional autobiography. Due to the volume of applications we receive, publications or manuscripts will not be included in your application file, and cannot be returned if sent. Instead, please submit abstracts or other brief descriptions of your work.
    "WHY UWSOM" STATEMENT: You must submit a statement, not exceeding 200 words, about why you want to attend the UWSOM. This cannot be fulfilled by the AMCAS Personal Statement or the additional autobiography.

    Vanderbilt
    Autobiography: Write a brief autobiography. As completely and precisely as possible, give a picture of yourself, your family, and events you consider important to you. In doing so, identify the values that are of greatest importance to you. If you have completed your undergraduate education, please comment on what you have done or have been doing since graduation. (2000 word limit)
    Skills: In addition to preparing you to be an excellent physician, Vanderbilt is committed to educating leaders and scholars in clinical practice, basic research, clinical research, education, and health policy. Describe any skills or experiences that have prepared you for one or more of these broader missions. (500 word limit)
    Research: Discuss the scholarly work or research you have done of which you are most proud. What did you find? What might be the consequences of your work (500 word limit)

    Virginia Commonwealth / Medical College of Virginia
    1. In a few sentences, describe the practice you envision yourself participating in ten years from now.
    2. The admissions committee requests that you write another essay that provides us with some insight into you as a person. The content should NOT repeat anything that we can learn from the AMCAS essay. However, other than that you may discuss any topic you choose. The essay has a limited length, so be certain that you know your material will fit in the allotted space (approximately 500-600 words).

    Wake Forest
    -In which service activity that you listed on your AMCAS application do you feel you made the biggest impact on someone else?
    -Which service activity that you listed on your AMCAS application do you feel made the biggest impact on you?
    -Optional box -- if you would like the committee to know anything else about you, etc.

    Wash U
    (1) do you have any unique experiences or obstacles that you have overcome (3000 characters all other topics 1800); (2) if convicted of a crime you need to explain; (3) if not a full-time student, you need to outline your plan for the next year; (4) relationship with Wash U.

    Yale
    Write a short essay describing your most outstanding achievement.
    Write a short essay describing your most important activities.
    Why Yale and what about the Yale system makes you want to attend Yale SOM?
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    Phil I don't get it, what are you doing? lol
  10. Phil Anthropist

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    I added about 15 extra posts to your list and then deleted all of these except for one. If you need more room I can undelete these posts as more space is needed. Make sense?

    And as I'm sure you've noticed, the thread is a sticky now too. :)
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    ohhhh I get it. How smart! Thanks Phil!
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    i :love: you

    also, UIC = u illinois chicago?
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    Well done, Tigress! :thumbup:

    You're correct on UIC.

    In contrast, UI-Carver COM is the University of Iowa.
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    Amazing, Tigress. Thanks so much. You know, maybe when I get done with these secondaries, we could... go out... You know, for some wings or something. Or maybe not. :oops:
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    Pssst....Jay, she has a husband! :laugh:

    But I've wondered, how does a female acquire such a monicker? :D
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    The pre-allopathic male population weeps.
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    wouldn't you like to know? ;)

    :laugh:
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    Here's MCO (now MUO):

    1. Briefly discuss any extenuating circumstances which you feel are pertinent to your application (poor grades, course withdrawals, etc).

    2. The Medical College of Ohio is committed to excellence in education which prepares graduates to deliver quality health care. Developing cultural competence is an important goal in our curriculum. Cultural competence is defined as an awareness, understanding and ability to use specific methods to deal effectively with cultural issues and its role in health and health care. Please discuss a life experience in which you feel you demonstrated cultural competence.
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    Does anyone know the sedondary essays for Umass? Mt Sinai? Harvard? Thanks!!!! You are awesome for doing this!!
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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    It goes without saying that Tigress is a goddess among humans. Therefore, before I ask my question, thank you for such a wonderful opportunity. Hold on, I gotta' go grab my teddy bear and cry . . .

    *sniff* Okay, I'm done now. :cool: My question was, for those with multiple prompts, is it pick one or answer all? The way my life is going, I suspect the second.

    Thanks, peoples.
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    Anyone have anything for NYMC or Morehouse? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    MSSM = Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    UMass: there were a few last year, the one i remember was what is your favorite book and why? I forgot the rest, there secondary is relatively short tho. The proof of residency part is longer.
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    Some of these are repeats:

    Master List of Secondary Essay Questions for Matriculation 2005

    Boston University
    1. “We do ask that you submit … an explanation of any gaps in the sequence of your education, including any time between graduation from college and application to medical school.”

    Case Western Reserve University
    1. The Admissions Committee is interested in gaining insight into you as a person. Type or Copy and Paste a brief essay on a subject outside of medicine, which has been an area of great interest to you. Please limit your essay to 2 pages (about 7,000 characters).
    2. If you have had experience doing research or other scholarly work, please describe your experience, including the question you pursued and how you approached it, your results and interpretation of the results, and any thoughts about what this experience meant to you. Please limit your response to 1 page (about 3,500 characters). In addition, please add your thoughts about why this research experience has motivated you to consider a career as a physician investigator (limit your response up to an additional page).
    3. Has any member of your family ever been affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and/or Cleveland Clinic as a student, staff, or faculty member? If so, please explain.

    Cincinnati
    1. If it has been 6 months or more since you graduated from college, please briefly describe your major activities since you received your college degree. (Please limit your responses to 750 characters.)

    Columbia
    1. What satisfactions do you expect to receive from your activities as a physician? Enter your response in essay format. LIMIT WRITING TO 2484 CHARACTERS.
    2. In what collegiate extracurricular activities did you engage? Enter your response in list format using commas. LIMIT WRITING TO 759 CHARACTERS. Do not use return or enter.
    3. Please list collegiate honors, awards, and memberships in honorary societies. Enter your response in list format using commas. LIMIT WRITING TO 345 CHARACTERS. Do not use return or enter.
    4. About how many hours per week, if any, did you spend in work for which you were recompensed during the college year? LIMIT WRITING TO 207 CHARACTERS. Do not use return or enter.
    5. What sort of work did you do (include summer employment)? Enter your response in list format using commas. LIMIT WRITING TO 1104 CHARACTERS. Do not use return or enter.
    6. If your education has been interrupted for any reason, please indicate briefly the reasons, the duration of the interruption and how your time was spent. Enter your response in essay format. LIMIT WRITING TO 1311 CHARACTERS. Do not use return or enter.

    Dartmouth
    1. Please indicate what you are doing during the 2004-05 academic year. If in school, list courses. If working, let us know something about the nature of your job.
    2. Please share with us something about yourself that is not addressed elsewhere in your application and which could be helpful to the Admissions Committee as we review your file.

    Duke
    1. Please provide us information on the most important community service/volunteer activities in which you have been involved. Please indicate your role, the length of time that you were involved, and the number of hours/week, if applicable, that you participated. How has participation in these activities impacted your preparation for a career in medicine? (500 characters)
    2. Among the service activities that you listed on your AMCAS application, in which activity did you feel that you truly made an impact on someone else? What was the impact on you? (500 characters)
    3. Each student brings strengths and weaknesses to the medical school class. How might your own experiences or lack of experiences, strengths and/or weaknesses, advantages and/or disadvantages contribute to the makeup of next year's class? How have these impacted your personal development and how have they contributed to your preparation for a career in medicine? (500 characters)
    4. Please provide a list of your honors and awards. Indicate the one(s) of which you are the most proud and why. (500 characters)
    5. Please provide a chronological list of your work experience while in college, or subsequent to your graduation, if applicable. Please indicate the length of your employment, number of hours worked/week, and your exact job title. (500 characters)
    6. Have you participated in or conducted investigative research? If so, please describe below. If you have published or are listed as an author on a publication or a manuscript in press, please provide the title, authors, and name of journal. (500 characters)
    7. Outside of the classroom, (i.e., encounters with academic dishonesty, etc.) describe a difficult moral or ethical situation that you have encountered and how you dealt with it. What personal strengths, values, and beliefs helped you deal with or meet this challenge? (1000 characters)
    8. The scientific and popular news media have heralded several "life-extending" and “life-altering” technologies--among which are embryonic stem-cell research, cloning, genetic intervention, and organ transplantation. While such technologies represent remarkable developments and applications of our emerging scientific understanding, these technologies raise critical issues with respect to the ethics, morality and economics of these technologies. Identify some of the critical issues evoked by such technologies and address what potential moral, theological, and ethical questions might arise from the decisions made regarding developing and using these technologies in the care of patients. (1000 characters)

    Feinberg, Northwestern
    1. We want to know more about how you came to the decision to pursue a career in medicine. If you believe your AMCAS application's "Personal Comments" essay answers this question, tell us anything more you'd like the Committee on Admissions to know about you and your career aspirations. (Limit your response to this space/2000 characters.)
    2. Why do you want to attend Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine? In your answer to this question, include a direct response to the following points:
    a. Describe what you have learned about our collaborative curriculum (especially the PBL and PPS segments) and why it influenced you to apply. Also comment on what you feel you can contribute to these sessions.
    b. In what ways does FSM's "organ-based" approach suit your learning style? How will this approach help you learn what you need to know to be a successful physician?
    c. Comment on any other specific factors that prompted you to apply to Feinberg.
    3. Please select a), b), or c) to answer:
    a. If, by the time you enter medical school, you have not been (or, will not have been) enrolled as a full-time student in a formal education program for more than 6 months at any time, please list the dates below and describe what you did (or, will be doing) during your time away from formal education.
    b. If you have been enrolled in formal education and have spent a semester or more overseas, please describe what you did and its influence on your personal development.
    c. If you have been enrolled in formal education but option b) does not apply to you, please describe in detail an out-of-the-classroom activity that has influenced your personal development.

    Georgetown
    1. Why have you chosen to apply to Georgetown University School of Medicine, and how do you think your education at Georgetown will prepare you to become a physician for the future?

    Harvard
    1. If you have already graduated, briefly summarize your activities since graduation.
    2. Please state your reason for interest in [the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology]. Include areas of research interests. Please keep your comments to the equivalent of one page of single-spaced text with a font size of 10 or 12. (Only relevant if you’re applying to HST.)
    3. State your reasons for wishing to pursue a combined study program at HMS. Describe in detail specific research in which you have been involved and include what kind of research you would like to do. Average length of this statement of intent is usually the equivalent of one to three pages, single-spaced, with a font size of 10 or 12. (Only relevant if you’re applying to MD-PhD program.)
    4. Please list any publications that may have resulted from your research. If you have been a co-author on a paper or a book chapter, please provide a full reference, including the titles and names of all authors. (ditto, MD-PhD)

    Jefferson
    1. If there is any additional information you would like to provide please include it in the box below. (Please limit your response to 2000 characters and do not cut and paste.)
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    And here are a few more:

    Johns Hopkins
    1. Describe briefly how you selected your undergraduate school and major area of study. This space is limited to 900 characters.
    2. If you have already received your bachelor's degree, please describe what you have been doing since graduation, and your plans for the upcoming year. This space is limited to 700 characters.
    3. If you interrupted your college education for a semester or longer, please describe what you did during that time. This space is limited to 700 characters.
    4. List any academic honors or awards you have received since entering college. This space is limited to 600 characters.
    5. Briefly describe your most rewarding experience or some achievement of which you are particularly proud. This space is limited to 900 characters.
    6. Are there any areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you? If so, please comment. This space is limited to 1100 characters.

    Medical College of Ohio
    1. Briefly discuss any extenuating circumstances which you feel are pertinent to your application (poor grades, course withdrawals, etc).
    2. The Medical College of Ohio is committed to excellence in education which prepares graduates to deliver quality health care. Developing cultural competence is an important goal in our curriculum. Cultural competence is defined as an awareness, understanding and ability to use specific methods to deal effectively with cultural issues and its role in health and health care. Please discuss a life experience in which you feel you demonstrated cultural competence.

    Mount Sinai
    1. What makes you special, someone who will add to the Mount Sinai community? (suggested 250 words or less)
    2. Indicate the reasons for your specific interest in Mount Sinai. (suggested 200 words or less)
    3. Describe your past and current research activities indicating the nature of the work, where it was done, the time period involved, and the research mentor. If you have published any abstracts or papers, please provide the citations. Describe your current expectation with respect to your career in biomedicine and how the MSTP training fits into those goals.

    New York University
    1. If there is any information you wish to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee regarding a physical or emotional problem that you feel may have affected your scholastic performance, please indicate below. (You may enter up to 1500 characters.)

    Ohio State University
    1. Please describe your interest in attending The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health and the unique qualities that you would bring to the entering class. (2750 characters or less)
    2. Please describe your motivation for a career in medicine and experiences you have had that helped confirm this desire. (2750 characters or less)

    Pittsburgh, University of
    1. Describe a personal experience which resulted in a substantial moral or ethical dilemma. What was the outcome? We are reluctant to accept assertions that you have never encountered such a situation. Please do not address cheating in an academic setting. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
    2. The recruitment of a diverse student body is a major goal of the University of Pittsburgh's Medical School Admissions Committee. Please tell us whether facets of your life and education to date would contribute to the achievement of this goal. Such facets might include your early education, socioeconomic status, culture, race/ethnicity and work experience. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)

    Pritzker, University of Chicago
    1. Relate an experience in which you felt you truly helped someone. (1300 Characters)
    2. If you have been involved in research, what did you learn that makes this type of experience worth recommending to others? (1300 Characters)
    3. Tell us about a difficult or challenging situation that you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills that you called upon to resolve the dilemma, and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice. (2400 Characters)
    4. Most individuals live by a system of values and beliefs which serve as a guiding principle for daily living. What influences have been particularly important to you? Please describe both values and influences. (2400 Characters)

    Stanford
    1. The Committee on Admissions regards the diversity of an entering class as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the school. The Committee on Admissions strongly encourages you to share unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine. (Please limit your answer to 2,000 characters including spaces.)
    2. What do you see as the most likely practice scenario for your future medical career? Choose the single answer that best describes your career goals.
    a. Fulltime private practice, with the option to engage in teaching and collaborations in clinical research projects with an academic institution and other public service activities
    b. Fulltime employee of a government or non-governmental organization engaged in Health Policy planning such as the World Health Organization, Office of the Surgeon General or the Food and Drug Administration
    c. Fulltime faculty member of a Medical School or Research Institute engaged in research activities and teaching
    d. Fulltime Public Health Officer for county, state or federal government
    e. Fulltime Hospital or Insurance Company administrator (Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross of California)
    3. Why do you feel you are particularly suited for this career? What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces.)
    4. In 2003, the Stanford School of Medicine implemented a new curriculum to better integrate the scientific basis of medicine with clinical practice. A key element of this curriculum is a requirement for in-depth didactic and scholarly activities through participation in a scholarly concentration of your choice. Details of the curriculum and scholarly concentrations are available at http://med.stanford.edu/md/curriculum, which we ask you to review prior to answering the last essay questions. How will the Stanford curriculum, and specifically the requirement for a scholarly concentration, help your personal career goals? (Please limit your answer to 1,000 characters including spaces.)

    Tufts
    1. Is there an personal reason or circumstance/history that motivates you to attend TUSM in particular or to study in Boston, as opposed to attending another school or studying in another city? (Directions state that a simple “no” is typical and acceptable.)

    Vanderbilt University
    1. Autobiography: Write a brief autobiography. As completely and precisely as possible, give a picture of yourself, your family, and events you consider important to you. In doing so, identify the values that are of greatest importance to you. If you have completed your undergraduate education, please comment on what you have done or have been doing since graduation. (2000 word limit)
    2. Skills: In addition to preparing you to be an excellent physician, Vanderbilt is committed to educating leaders and scholars in clinical practice, basic research, clinical research, education, and health policy. Describe any skills or experiences that have prepared you for one or more of these broader missions. (500 word limit)
    3. Research: Discuss the scholarly work or research you have done of which you are most proud. What did you find? What might be the consequences of your work (500 word limit)

    University of Virginia
    1. Why are you interested in attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine? (Limit your response to 300 words.)
    2. Briefly describe yourself and your medical career as you see it ten years from now. (Limit your response to 300 words.)
    3. What do you think will be your greatest personal challenge as a physician, and how will you address this? (Limit your response to 300 words.)

    Wash U.
    1. Have you had any personal experience or relationship with Washington University? If yes, please explain (maximum 1800 characters).
    2. If you have already completed your education or if you do not plan to be a full-time student during the current academic year, describe in chronological sequence your previous and/or planned activities since graduation. (max 1800 characters)
    3. (optional) Do you have unique experiences or obstacles that you have overcome that were not covered in your application about which you would like to inform our Admissions Committee? (maximum 3000 characters)

    Weill, Cornell
    1. If you are not attending college during the upcoming academic year, what are your plans? Please limit your statement to less than 200 words.
    2. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Please limit your statement to less than 200 words.

    Yale
    1. 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.
  25. gujuDoc

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    Just read someone post in the "I got my first secondary" thread that RWJ has no secondary essays. Thought I'd throw that in here.

    You can give credit for this to the girl who posted in the thread I'm referring too.
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    Nakhrewali Go Bears!

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    Yup. I just checked my email about an hour ago. RWJMS has no secondary essays. This makes my life a lot easier. :rolleyes:
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    wakebord99 Ugh.. I Need SLEEP!!!

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    There are two UMDNJ schools.........

    UMDNJ---RWJMS
    UMDNJ---NJMS

    And actually a third UMDNJ that is a DO school, but that can be left for the pre DO forum.

    The two MD schools don't have essays affiliated with them. At least, RWJ doesn't as I and someone else pointed out. I don't think NJMS has one either.
  29. ravin

    ravin Senior Member

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    tigress queen of the jungle

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    Okay dudes and dudettes, the posts at top are updated with all available secondary questions. Thanks everybody for the additional info.
  31. kcruz

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    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if your secondary essays for University of Chicago can discuss topics you have already discussed in your personal statement. I understand I wouldn't just copy and paste sentences from my ps, but if I can further explain something I have already mentioned.

    Thanks!

    p.s. Tigress THANK YOU :)
  32. Hoberto

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    So, I got my Ohio State 2° today:

    1. Please define altruism and provide an example or two where you exhibited altruistic behavior in your past activities.
    (600 words or less)

    This next one jives with what's on the list already.
    2. In the space provided, describe your motivation for a career in medicine and experience you have had that helped confirm this desire.
    (600 words or less)
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    JTHURMA Senior Member

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    Do you know if UAB has sent out secondary requests yet?
  35. JTHURMA

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    I haven't gotten one... then again, I'm out of state, and from looking through the archives of SDN, apparently they take their time sending secondaries to just about everybody.
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    I haven't received anything from uab yet and i'm instate, so i don't think they have sent them out yet
  37. eena

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    I am reapplying to the schools where I am currently waitlisted. This year one of the secondary applications contains a question on how I have heard of the school. Shhould I include in my response to this question the fact that I am a reapplicant to the school?

    Also, any GENERAL ADVICE on how to answer 'how have you heard of our school' type of questions?

    Thanks.
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    Guys if you have X number of secondaries to do, can anyone tell me an estimate of how many unique essays you will actually have to write? In other words how much recycling can you do? I haven't been able to gather all of my prompts together to figure this out on my own yet, but I would like an idea.
  39. Overeducated

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    FYI, question 3D above is NOT on the 2006 Supplemental Application for U Chicago (Pritzker) as far as I can tell.
  40. tigress

    tigress queen of the jungle

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    thanks :)
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    Anyone know what the secondary app from University of Wisconsin (not Medical College of Wisc) is like? Thanks
  42. shadowskillet14

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    I got my USC secondary today. It's pretty much the same as what we have in the thread.
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    anyone got

    evms - eatern virginia med school
    iowa
    nymc
    st. louis
  44. SailCrazy

    SailCrazy I gotta have more cowbell

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    Northwestern's app has changed too: The infamous "Why Northwestern?" question (in bold above) is gone. Here is what I received:
    Northwestern Secondary:
    Essay #1
    Describe the distinguishable characteristics you possess and tell us how you think these characteristics will enhance your success as a FSM medical student and future physician.
    (Limit your response to about 400 words)

    Essay #2
    Describe a time when you faced personal adversity that was not school related. What coping strategies did you employ/develop? If you believe you have not had such an experience(s), feel free to tell us anything more you'd like the Committee on Admissions to know about how you deal with personal challenges (e.g. financial, relationship, family, employment).
    (Limit your response to this space or about 400 words.)

    Essay #3
    Please select either a), b), or c) to answer:
    a. If, by the time you enter medical school, you have not been (or, will not have been) enrolled as a full-time student in a formal education program for more than 6 months at any time, please list the dates below and describe what you did (or, will be doing) during your time away from formal education.
    b. If you have been enrolled in formal education and have spent a semester or more overseas, please describe what you did and its influence on your personal development.
    c. If you have been enrolled in formal education but option b) does not apply to you, please describe in detail an out-of-the-classroom activity that has influenced your personal development.
    (Limit your response to this space or about 300 words.)
  45. pseudoknot

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    Boston University has an optional essay this year:

    The following essay question is intended to provide you with an opportunity to expand and elaborate upon the information provided in other parts of your application. Our goal is to learn something about you as a person, to get a sense of who you are and what you are about, beyond the basic facts of your academic work and your life history as it is otherwise available to us. We do recognize, however, that most of our applicants are applying to many medical schools and that the cumulative work of the application process is substantial. Therefore, this essay is optional. We do hope that you will write the essay, but if you feel that this essay will duplicate information you have provided elsewhere or that we can get an accurate picture of you without it, please do not feel obligated to write it. If you have provided us with a comprehensive understanding of your life history, your academic work, your nonacademic pursuits, and your personal strengths, you will not be penalized in any way for choosing not to write this essay.

    Query on Professionalism

    The concept of professionalism in medicine has become an issue of great interest in the last several years. While there are many definitions of professionalism, the following commentary sets out the key points:
    Medicine is not a trade to be learned, but a profession to be entered. A profession is characterized by a specialized body of knowledge that its members must teach and expand, by a code of ethics and a duty of service that put patient care above self-interest, and by the privilege of self-regulation granted by society. [Snyder L, et. al. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142;560-582.]

    Please write a 250-500 word reflection on the concept of professionalism in medicine and the traits by which it is constituted. Focus your comments on ways in which you have been challenged by your own life experiences en route to a career in medicine, as well as on ways in which your own experiences have shaped your understanding of the profession of medicine and your own determination to undertake the obligations inherent in this career. Use this essay to provide us with insights that are not reflected in your AMCAS Personal Statement or other parts of your application.
  46. Pithlit

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    Anyone seen a secondary from UNC?
  47. mustangsally65

    mustangsally65 Sally 2.0

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    I hope peterock doesn't mind if I quote him:

    I got the UNC secondary last year as well, but I can't find it to give the exact wording. Don't know what this year's secondary is gonna be like. Hope this helps!
  48. Pithlit

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    Well, at least it gives me an idea of what to expect. Thanks sally. :D Oh, but if somebody has gotten a secondary this year I would be interested to see it. :p
  49. IAMS

    IAMS in the scheme of things

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    St. Louis University questions

    1. Please list the year/s of any previous application:

    2. Is any member of your family a student or graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine?
    Yes No

    3. Were you a full time undergraduate student during the 2005-2006 academic year?
    Yes No

    4. Do you wish to include any comments, other than your AMCAS personal statement, to the Admissions Committee?
    Yes No

    5. Were you ever the recipient of any action (e.g. dismissal, disqualification, suspension, etc.) by any college for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violations?
    Yes No

    6. I have read and understand the academic and technical standards and can comply with those requirements.
    Yes No

    Saint Louis University School of Medicine is in compliance with all requirements of our teaching hospital affiliates.
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    University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

    A) Describe the important experience(s) in your life which you feel began the process that motivated you to enter the career of medicine.

    B) Please explain why you are applying to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

    All secondary materials sent by SNAIL MAIL.
    All essay responses to be TYPEWRITTEN.

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