Secondary Essay Prompts for the California Northstate University School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Northstate University School of Medicine in Elk Grove, CA.

2018 – 2019

(Required) Why have you chosen to apply to CNUCOM? (250 words maximum)

(Required) In the medical profession, you will be exposed to students, faculty, colleagues, and patients of various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. How has your involvement with diverse populations prepared you for potentially four years in Elk Grove, the greater Sacramento area, and the rest of the Central Valley? (250 words maximum)

(Required) What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing medicine? What have you learned as a result?

(Required) In which direction would you like to see healthcare progress over the next decade? (250 words maximum)

(Optional) If your education has not been continuous since high school, please explain why. Examples of discontinuities include time taken off while obtaining your undergraduate degree, in addition to gap years. (250 words maximum)

(Optional) If you have previously applied to medical school, what have you accomplished since that time that would warrant your admission now? (250 words maximum)

(Recommended) Is there anything you would like the Admissions Committee to know that is not reflected elsewhere in your application? (250 words maximum)

They state a 250 word limit but the text box seems to cap it at 1785 characters for all of the prompts except the second one, which has a cap of 1750 characters.

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

2017 – 2018

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

2017 – 2018

Why have you chosen to apply to CNUCOM?

  • In the medical profession, you will be exposed to students, faculty, colleagues, and patients of various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. How has your involvement with diverse populations prepared you for potentially four years in Elk Grove, the greater Sacramento area, and the rest of the Central Valley? (250 words maximum)
  • [Required] What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing medicine? What have you learned as a result? (250 words maximum) Myself, sometimes you have to just perservere
  • [Required] In which direction would you like to see healthcare progress over the next decade? (250 words maximum)
  • [Optional] If you have previously applied to medical school, what have you accomplished since that time that would warrant your admission now? (250 words maximum)
  • [Recommended] Is there anything you would like the Admissions Committee to know that is not reflected elsewhere in your application? (250 words maximum)

2016 – 2017

MedEdits advises against using outdated prompts for the current season.

  • If you were enrolled in less than 12 units/credits for more than 4 semesters/6 quarters during your undergraduate education, please provide a brief explanation.
  • Please explain why you want to become a physician. Provide any experiences you had that have led you to this pursuit. Please limit to 250 words.
  • In the current state of medical care, teamwork is critical for success. Please explain your understanding of what teamwork is; and identify your experiences of teamwork. Please limit to 250 words.
  • In the medical profession you will be exposed to students, faculty, colleagues and patients from varying cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Please explain how diversity has played a role in your life and education, and how would you apply this to your profession? Please limit to 250 words.
  • Summarize information that may provide the Admissions Committee with a deeper understanding of your personal strengths and/or accomplishments not previously reflected in your AMCAS application. Please limit to 250 words.

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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.

California Northstate University School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.64
Median MCAT = 513
Applications = 5585
Interviewed = 359
Matriculated = 94

Learn more about this school:

California Northstate University
Office of Admission
Elk Grove, CA 95757 USA

(916) 686-7300

(916) 686-7310

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