Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Alabama School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL.


  • Do you consider yourself rural? If “yes”, describe life experiences that illustrate this.
  • If you are a reapplicant, describe how you have improved your overall credentials for the current application year, specifically addressing any concerns raised in feedback you received from the Admissions Committee.
  • Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class.
  • Non-Alabama residents: Describe any experiences you have had related to the state of Alabama or UAB Medical Center.
  • All Applicants: If the area you spent most of your life before college differs from where you currently consider your permanent address, please explain.
  • Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now
  • Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application.

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University of Alabama School of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of Alabama School of Medicine Secondary Essay

Topics covered in this presentation:

  • When should I submit my secondary essays?
  • Pay attention to the word/character limits.
  • Can I recycle secondary essay prompts for multiple schools?
  • Identify topics that you left out of your primary application.
  • And, much more.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL.

2017 – 2018

  • The Alabama School of Medicine strives to ensure that its students become respectful physicians who embrace all dimensions of caring for the whole person. Please describe how your personal characteristics or life experiences will contribute to the Alabama School of Medicine community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1000 characters)
  • Is there any further information that you would like the Committee on Admissions to be aware of when reviewing your file that you were not able to notate in another section of this or the AMCAS Application? (1000 characters)
  • Why have you chosen to apply to the Alabama School of Medicine and how do you think your education at Alabama will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)

University of Alabama School of Medicine Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.86
Median MCAT = 509
Applications = 3940
Interviewed = 456
Matriculated = 186

Learn more about this school:

Medical Student Services/Admissions
VH 100
Birmingham, AL 35294-3412 USA
(205) 934-2433
(205) 934-8740
Medical School Website

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