Sample Med School Secondary Essay Questions

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In a previous blog post we discussed specific strategies for tackling medical school application secondary essays. Today we are going to list several past sample secondary essay questions so you can get a sense of the type of questions you may actually received. 

First a very important note: The following are questions from previous application cycles and secondary essay questions change frequently. Therefore, we highly recommend that you always check with each school's official admissions office directly to make sure you have the correct set of questions.

Sample Secondary Med School Essay Questions:

Baylor College of Medicine Secondary Essay Questions:

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

Boston University Medical School Secondary Essay Questions:

  • "Did you go on to college directly after high school?" (1400 character limit) Read more…

Why putting all your eggs in one basket is more likely to bring you both academic success and long-term career satisfaction.

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(This was written by one of our senior admissions experts, Ian Garner, and our CEO, Behrouz Moemeni. Even though we have written this for our students, we believe this post really applies to anyone, in any field, at any stage of their academic and career life. Unless you’re a Buddhist monk, in which case you probably won’t be reading this anyway!)

Eggs vs. Baskets Dilemma

We want to give you an easy way to stand head and shoulders above the thousands of other professional school (and job) applicants you’re competing with. Anybody can do this, and it doesn’t take more time. In fact, it might save you time while making you a better candidate and allow you to have greater long-term career satisfaction and overall happiness in life.

Toronto Blue Jays signed infielder Darwin Barney in early 2017. Barney's an all-singing, all-dancing 29-year old who can play any infield position and won a Gold Glove a few years ago. The Jays are going to hand over $3,000,000 for the privilege.

But the Jays’ top batter, Edwin Encarnacion, left for Cleveland. Encarnacion doesn’t have the look of a top athlete. He’s on the heavy side. He’s barely broken a sweat in half a decade with the Jays. You’ll never see Encarnacion dive for a ball or spin into a graceful throw like Barney. In fact, he can’t field at all. All he does is hit. For this overweight, cumbersome drag, Cleveland is coughing up $20,000,000 - almost seven times more than our multitalented friend Barney is going to make! Read more…

How To Get Into Harvard Med School - BeMo Med School Spotlight™

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Harvard Medical School: Mission Statement, Curriculum, Research, Admissions Requirements & Statistics

Mission statement

“To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease”

Academic Curriculum

  • Years I & II: Foundational Pathways
  • Years III & IV: Advanced, Tailored Pathways Read more…

How To Get Into UCLA Med School (David Geffen School of Medicine) - BeMo Med School Spotlight™

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UCLA Medical School: Mission Statement, Curriculum, Research, Admissions Requirements & Statistics

Mission statement

"The faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, seek to prepare our graduates for distinguished careers in clinical practice, teaching, research, and public service. Recognizing that medical school is but one phase in a physicians education, we must create an environment in which students prepare for a future in which scientific knowledge, societal values, and human needs are ever changing. "

  • Create world leaders in health and science
  • Discover the basis for health and cures for disease
  • Optimize health through community partnerships
  • Heal humankind one patient at a time
  • Excellence and Integrity
  • Discovery and Innovation
  • Service and Respect
  • Teamwork and Compassion Read more…

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