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Secondary prompt:
1. This should be a true autobiographical statement. Topics to be included are family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, undergraduate years, and, if applicable, what you’ve done since completing your bachelor’s degree. 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. (6000 char)

2. Please select from one of career pathways listed below. In addition to this selection, please provide a brief description of your future career goals. (400 char)


Academic Medicine (Working as a faculty member at a School of Medicine either as a clinician, a clinician-educator, or a clinician investigator. This could be in any field of medicine)
Primary Care and/or work in underserved communities (Working as a general internist, a pediatrician, or a family medicine physician and/or spending the majority of your time working in a community currently underserved by the medical profession)
Public Health, administrative leadership in medicine (Pursuing an MPH and/or working for a public health department or organization; working in health care policy; working as a hospital administrator)
Specialist in private practice (Working in a private practice or managed care setting as a subspecialist. Examples include cardiologist, infectious disease specialist, obstetrician, orthopedic surgeon, general surgeon, anaesthesiologist, radiologist)
Other/undecided



Optional:

1. Please describe your interest in the PRIME-HEq program. Topics to include are longitudinal experiences that you’ve had with underserved communities, including the type of community that you’ve worked with and your level of involvement. Additionally, you should discuss the length of time that you’ve spent working in these communities. (4800 char)

2. Please describe your interest in Global Health. The term Global Health can have many meanings; for our purposes, we find the definition provided by Koplan et. al. in their 2009 Lancet publication useful: “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide”. In your essay, be sure to describe any personal or professional experiences that have shaped your interests, and how Global Health issues have influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine. (4800 char)

3. Please describe your interest in the MAS-Clinical Research program. Topics to include are your previous experience with clinical and/or translational research, your role within the research group, and what you envision for a career that includes clinical and/or translational research. A letter of recommendation from the individual supervising your previous experience is helpful but not required.

4. Have you been convicted of any criminal offense (excluding speeding and non-moving traffic offenses)? (500 char)

5. Option to add additional MMEs among activities you started after applying. (100 char/MME)
Good luck to everyone applying!

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Tan2597

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Anyone hear anything about the secondaries?
 

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Secondary received @PapaGuava

1. This should be a true autobiographical statement. Topics to be included are family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, undergraduate years, and, if applicable, what you’ve done since completing your bachelor’s degree. 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. (6000 char)

2. Please select from one of career pathways listed below. In addition to this selection, please provide a brief description of your future career goals. (400 char)


Academic Medicine (Working as a faculty member at a School of Medicine either as a clinician, a clinician-educator, or a clinician investigator. This could be in any field of medicine)
Primary Care and/or work in underserved communities (Working as a general internist, a pediatrician, or a family medicine physician and/or spending the majority of your time working in a community currently underserved by the medical profession)
Public Health, administrative leadership in medicine (Pursuing an MPH and/or working for a public health department or organization; working in health care policy; working as a hospital administrator)
Specialist in private practice (Working in a private practice or managed care setting as a subspecialist. Examples include cardiologist, infectious disease specialist, obstetrician, orthopedic surgeon, general surgeon, anaesthesiologist, radiologist)
Other/undecided



Optional:

1. Please describe your interest in the PRIME-HEq program. Topics to include are longitudinal experiences that you’ve had with underserved communities, including the type of community that you’ve worked with and your level of involvement. Additionally, you should discuss the length of time that you’ve spent working in these communities. (4800 char)

2. Please describe your interest in Global Health. The term Global Health can have many meanings; for our purposes, we find the definition provided by Koplan et. al. in their 2009 Lancet publication useful: “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide”. In your essay, be sure to describe any personal or professional experiences that have shaped your interests, and how Global Health issues have influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine. (4800 char)

3. Please describe your interest in the MAS-Clinical Research program. Topics to include are your previous experience with clinical and/or translational research, your role within the research group, and what you envision for a career that includes clinical and/or translational research. A letter of recommendation from the individual supervising your previous experience is helpful but not required.

4. Have you been convicted of any criminal offense (excluding speeding and non-moving traffic offenses)? (500 char)

5. Option to add additional MMEs among activities you started after applying. (100 char/MME)
 
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Secondary received @PapaGuava

1. This should be a true autobiographical statement. Topics to be included are family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, undergraduate years, and, if applicable, what you’ve done since completing your bachelor’s degree. 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. (6000 char)

2. Please select from one of career pathways listed below. In addition to this selection, please provide a brief description of your future career goals. (400 char)


Academic Medicine (Working as a faculty member at a School of Medicine either as a clinician, a clinician-educator, or a clinician investigator. This could be in any field of medicine)
Primary Care and/or work in underserved communities (Working as a general internist, a pediatrician, or a family medicine physician and/or spending the majority of your time working in a community currently underserved by the medical profession)
Public Health, administrative leadership in medicine (Pursuing an MPH and/or working for a public health department or organization; working in health care policy; working as a hospital administrator)
Specialist in private practice (Working in a private practice or managed care setting as a subspecialist. Examples include cardiologist, infectious disease specialist, obstetrician, orthopedic surgeon, general surgeon, anaesthesiologist, radiologist)
Other/undecided



Optional:

1. Please describe your interest in the PRIME-HEq program. Topics to include are longitudinal experiences that you’ve had with underserved communities, including the type of community that you’ve worked with and your level of involvement. Additionally, you should discuss the length of time that you’ve spent working in these communities. (4800 char)

2. Please describe your interest in Global Health. The term Global Health can have many meanings; for our purposes, we find the definition provided by Koplan et. al. in their 2009 Lancet publication useful: “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide”. In your essay, be sure to describe any personal or professional experiences that have shaped your interests, and how Global Health issues have influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine. (4800 char)

3. Please describe your interest in the MAS-Clinical Research program. Topics to include are your previous experience with clinical and/or translational research, your role within the research group, and what you envision for a career that includes clinical and/or translational research. A letter of recommendation from the individual supervising your previous experience is helpful but not required.

4. Have you been convicted of any criminal offense (excluding speeding and non-moving traffic offenses)? (500 char)

5. Option to add additional MMEs among activities you started after applying. (100 char/MME)
Do you know what "MME" means?
 

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By the way, the second required essay is stated to mainly be used for interviews, so they can match you with faculty in your scope of interest. I wouldn't spend much time on writing that one.
 

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Just got secondary! IS LizzyM 76
 
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Secondary just now! OOS, LizzyM 83
 

Tan2597

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Just got the secondary!!
 

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Got the secondary for MSTP. For any other MSTP applicants who are OOS, how are you approaching the question "If you are an out-of-state applicant, please let us know if there are specific reasons for your interest in the UCSD School of Medicine"

Does this seem at all optional? Because in the autobiographical essay, they literally ask us to add why we are interested in MD/PhD training at UCSD.
 

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Got the secondary for MSTP. For any other MSTP applicants who are OOS, how are you approaching the question "If you are an out-of-state applicant, please let us know if there are specific reasons for your interest in the UCSD School of Medicine"

Does this seem at all optional? Because in the autobiographical essay, they literally ask us to add why we are interested in MD/PhD training at UCSD.
Well the question is apparently not optional...time to try to repeat myself without sounding like I'm repeating myself
 
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Received secondary and follow up email with FAQ, OOS. This prompt is very daunting to me.......
 
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How are you guys approaching the autobiographical sketch
 
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For people applying to the MSTP are you checking the box for this: Independent advanced degree and Ph.D. programs: Besides UCSD's NIH supported Medical Scientist Training Program there are a number of other pathways leading to a graduate degree. Medical students may opt to pursue advanced training leading to a M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in any of the UCSD science or engineering programs. These are individually developed for medical students on a case-by-case basis.
 
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For the "OTHER UCSD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS" section, if you're an MSTP applicant do we check the "Independent advanced degree and Ph.D. programs" box? Or the "I am not currently interested" box? I'm confused based on the wording
 

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For people applying to the MSTP are you checking the box for this: Independent advanced degree and Ph.D. programs: Besides UCSD's NIH supported Medical Scientist Training Program there are a number of other pathways leading to a graduate degree. Medical students may opt to pursue advanced training leading to a M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. in any of the UCSD science or engineering programs. These are individually developed for medical students on a case-by-case basis.
For the "OTHER UCSD DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS" section, if you're an MSTP applicant do we check the "Independent advanced degree and Ph.D. programs" box? Or the "I am not currently interested" box? I'm confused based on the wording
I selected not currently interested, it seems like that is a separate program which is not the NIH-funded MSTP
 

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How are you guys approaching the autobiographical sketch
I split my essay up into childhood, high school, college, and post-grad, and highlighted key interests and tensions in each section that shaped my development into the person and applicant I am now.
 

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I split my essay up into childhood, high school, college, and post-grad, and highlighted key interests and tensions in each section that shaped my development into the person and applicant I am now.
That’s a good strategy. I might try breaking it down too.

Did you use all 6000 char?
 

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That’s a good strategy. I might try breaking it down too.

Did you use all 6000 char?
Yep! I'm like 2 characters under right now lol. But I also had to write a whole additional paragraph about why I am interested in the MD/PhD at UCSD, which added about 1000 characters to my total.
 
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Secondary received 07/10!
 
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Got the secondary for MSTP. For any other MSTP applicants who are OOS, how are you approaching the question "If you are an out-of-state applicant, please let us know if there are specific reasons for your interest in the UCSD School of Medicine"

Does this seem at all optional? Because in the autobiographical essay, they literally ask us to add why we are interested in MD/PhD training at UCSD.
Can you post all of the MSTP secondary questions?
 

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Can you post all of the MSTP secondary questions?
The MSTP prompts are the same as the MD prompts posted above, except the autobiography has the additional note: “Please note: if you are applying to the MD/PhD program, please include why you are specifically interested in seeking MD/PhD training at UCSD.” (still 6000 characters total)

Also all OOS applicants have an additional prompt: If you are an out-of-state applicant, please let us know if there are specific reasons for your interest in the UCSD School of Medicine. (1000 characters)

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Received the secondary today and AMCAS was verified yesterday, that was fast
 

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Secondary received today! IS
If you received a secondary, then UCSD must be alright with your metrics? They didn't see any red flags on your primary?
 
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Secondary received 7/10 and submitted 7/14! After payment, I got an email immediately telling me my application was complete and being sent to review.
 
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