PapaGuava

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Secondary prompts:
1. Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee?

(Maximum 75 words)

2. Explain why you decided to apply to the Penn State College of Medicine.

(Maximum 75 words)

3. Write a short paragraph describing a significant experience you have had working in a team setting.

(Maximum 250 words)

4. Write a short statement describing how you envision using your medical education to advance care for under-represented or marginalized populations.

(Maximum 250 words)

University Park Program, If yes, please briefly describe (maximum 250 words) a past experience where you were immersed in a situation in which you needed to adapt, collaborate, and grow as an individual and a team member in order to succeed.
Good luck to everyone applying!

Interview Feedback: Pennsylvania State University
 
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Mar 27, 2019
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Secondaries yet, anyone?
 

HighYieldOnly

premed killa -> killa docta?
Jun 22, 2019
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bearboi

average dude who works hard
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Secondary received, OOS @PapaGuava

Prompts are as follows:
1. Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee?

(Maximum 75 words)

2. Explain why you decided to apply to the Penn State College of Medicine.

(Maximum 75 words)

3. Write a short paragraph describing a significant experience you have had working in a team setting.

(Maximum 250 words)

4. Write a short statement describing how you envision using your medical education to advance care for under-represented or marginalized populations.

(Maximum 250 words)

University Park Program, If yes, please briefly describe (maximum 250 words) a past experience where you were immersed in a situation in which you needed to adapt, collaborate, and grow as an individual and a team member in order to succeed.
 

sundayko

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Dec 30, 2017
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@bearboi @sundayko Were you verified early on? I submitted my application the first day it opened and still haven't heard anything
I submitted for verification on 5/30 and was verified on 6/4. I'm sure they are just sending out the secondaries in batches as suggested by others.
 
Dec 28, 2018
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Secondary received. OOS verified 6/3
 

nli53

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Oct 1, 2016
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Secondary received OOS
 
Jun 28, 2019
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Anyone seeing an incomplete status on their recommendation section even though they're pretty sure that AMCAS got it ages ago?
Yup I have the same error. Every other school has received my letters thru amcas so i assume psu problem
 
Jul 16, 2019
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Anybody else having issues copying and pasting into the boxes for the essays?
I think that happens when you are over the word count! Sometimes microsoft word says my essay is "X" characters... but in the online app it was more than that because they count characters differently. Try pasting MOST of it... then for the last part type it in word by word until you run out of characters.... then you'll see how many words you need to cut out! :)
 
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I think that happens when you are over the word count! Sometimes microsoft word says my essay is "X" characters... but in the online app it was more than that because they count characters differently. Try pasting MOST of it... then for the last part type it in word by word until you run out of characters.... then you'll see how many words you need to cut out! :)
Yup that was the problem lol thanks so much! It was weird because it would only past the first few lines rather than everything up to the word limit
 

limeyguydr

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May 16, 2018
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IS. Secondary received and submitted
 

notthrowingawaymyshot

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Mar 1, 2017
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Secondary just received! OOS verified 6/25
 

AnMDtoB

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Apr 25, 2017
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Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee?

People without serious financial/personal adversity challenges should just say no to this, correct?
 
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Is there a unique aspect of your application that should be considered by the admissions committee?

People without serious financial/personal adversity challenges should just say no to this, correct?
Also tempted to say No...curious if anyone actually has
 

AnMDtoB

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Also tempted to say No...curious if anyone actually has
That was my plan - like if they wanted us to say what was the strongest part of our app I think they would have worded it differently
 
May 25, 2019
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That was my plan - like if they wanted us to say what was the strongest part of our app I think they would have worded it differently
On the other hand...they could have made it an optional essay
 

AnMDtoB

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May 15, 2019
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Secondary received! OOS
 
Feb 26, 2019
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OOS, secondary recieved today 07/18
 
May 24, 2019
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So I'm also having the whole "no letters submitted" thing despite AMCAS submitting them weeks ago. How long do you think I should wait before contacting admissions about this?
 

AnMDtoB

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Apr 25, 2017
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So I'm also having the whole "no letters submitted" thing despite AMCAS submitting them weeks ago. How long do you think I should wait before contacting admissions about this?
I think PSU just hasn't downloaded letters yet given how long it took them to send out their secondary (they haven't gotten any of mine either, but all of my other schools have)
 
Aug 24, 2018
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Does anyone feel that growing up rural is unique enough for the first prompt?
 

PierreMD

Humble applicant :)
Jul 4, 2019
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Another OOSer with 2ndary today
 

AnMDtoB

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Apr 25, 2017
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Aug 24, 2018
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AnMDtoB

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Apr 25, 2017
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I figured it was a stretch. It feels weird because it asks about the application and not ourselves.
Yeah, plus PA itself is mostly rural
 

perfect weather

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Can someone share more details about the University Park Program?