Secondary Essay Prompts for the Boston University School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Boston University School of Medicine Boston, MA.

2018 – 2019

Educational History:

  • Did you go on to college directly after high school?* Yes/No. If no, explain (1400 characters)
  • Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree?* (Post bac work is NOT considered undergraduate. If attending a post bac program prior to entering medical school, the answer is NO and should be explained.) If you took gap year(s), please use this space to explain what you have been doing prior to applying to medical school. Yes/No. If no, explain: For example, attending post bac or other graduate program, working, traveling, etc. (1400 characters)
  • If you have spent more than 4 years as an undergraduate, please explain below. (You may skip this question if you have graduated within 4 years.) (1400 characters)
  • Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. For example, have you lived in another country or experienced a culture unlike your own, or worked in a field that contributed to your understanding of people unlike yourself? Or, have you experienced advanced training in any area, including the fields of art, music, or sports? This is an opportunity to describe learning experiences that may not be covered in other areas of this application or your AMCAS application. It is not necessary to write anything in this section. (2000 Characters)

Optional Section:

  • Optional Essay: Use the space below to provide additional information you feel will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine. This should include only information NOT already included in your AMCAS or other sections of the BUSM Supplemental Application. Most applicants leave this blank. (3000 characters)

Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center Connection: List any personal connection(s) you have at Boston University School of Medicine or Boston Medical Center, or any other part of Boston University. Please provide Name, Department, and Relationship below (2-3 sentences) (200 characters)

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Boston University School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

  • The Boston University 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 Boston University 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 Boston University School of Medicine and how do you think your education at Georgetown will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)

2017 – 2018

  • Did you go on to college directly after high school? If no, explain (1400 characters)
  • Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree? If no, explain (1400 characters)

Optional:

  • If you have spent more than 4 years as an undergraduate, please explain below. (1400 characters)
  • Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. (2000 characters)
  • Use the space below to provide additional information you feel will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine. (3000 characters)
  • This section may be used by re-applicants who wish to highlight specific areas of their application or to outline specific changes since their last application. (3000 characters)
  • There are also boxes to explain lack of committee letter or substitute letters (2000 characters each)

2016 – 2017

MedEdits advises against using outdated prompts for the current season.

  • Did you go on to college directly after high school? Limit response to 1400 characters.
  • Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree? If no, explain. Limit response to 1400 characters.
  • If you have spent more than 4 years as an undergraduate, please explain below (You may skip this question if you have graduated within 4 years.). Limit response to 1400 characters.
  • Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. For example, have you lived in another country or experienced a culture unlike your own, or worked in a field that contributed to your understanding of people unlike yourself? Or, have you experienced advanced training in any area, including the fields of art, music, or sports? This is an opportunity to describe learning experiences that may not be covered in other areas of this application or your AMCAS application. It is not necessary to write anything in this section. Limit response to 2000 characters.
  • Optional: Use the space below to provide additional information you feel will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine.This should include only information NOT already included in your AMCAS or other sections of the BUSM Supplemental Application. Most applicants leave this blank. Limit response to 3000 characters.

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Boston University School of Medicine Secondary Essay

Boston University School of Medicine Secondary Application

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.

Boston University School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.83
Median MCAT = 518
Applications = 10578
Interviewed = 1151
Matriculated = 172

Learn more about this school:

Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord St.
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-358-9600
Email: bumccorporatecomm@bu.edu
Medical School Website

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*Data collected from MSAR 2017-2018, 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, and institution website.

Disclaimer: The information on this page was shared by students and/or can be found on each medical school’s website. MedEdits does not guarantee it’s accuracy or authenticity.

*Data collected from MSAR 2018-2019 and institution website.
Disclaimer: The information on this page was shared by students and/or can be found on each medical school’s website. MedEdits does not guarantee it’s accuracy or authenticity.

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