Secondary Essay Prompts for the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago, IL.

2017 – 2018

  1. In the space provided, please discuss challenges in your journey to applying to medical school. (100 words)
    • Think about life. Think about situations or events that popped up and derailed or deterred you along your journey to this point and how you handled or managed these events and ultimately incorporated that change or growth into the person you are today. This response is about “resilience” as medical educators have found that resilient students are better equipped to handle the training and the difficulties inherent in it. 
    • It is completely appropriate to talk about difficult family circumstances, financial circumstances, academic issues, tough decisions, and forks in the road. Admissions committees are open to hearing about your own experience of illness, including depression and anxiety, and how you have become healthy. Depending on who reads your application, there may be some risk to detailing this so we recommend that you discuss this with an advisor or mentor and disclose only if you are now healthy and functioning well (and there is evidence of this) and if you are willing to openly discuss this during an interview – and have it as part of your file should be matriculate there.
  2. In the space provided, please include a statement that specifically address how, if admitted to our program, your admission would contribute to the diversity of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science community. (100 words)
    • Given the word count here, choose a few strengths or interpersonal characteristics or attributes that sum up your background – your highlight reel, if you will. Diversity covers so much territory, you can decide! Since they ask for a “statement” use action words that convey decisiveness.

2016 – 2017

  1. Why did you choose to apply to the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science? Please limit your response to 100 words or fewer.
    Optional: We encourage you to submit an optional diversity statement that specifically addresses how, if admitted to our program, your admission would contribute to the diversity of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Community. This optional statement may be considered for admission and/or scholarship purposes. Please limit your response to 100 words or fewer.

    • This response wants you to connect yourself to the school. This is the place to say what you know about the school (and whether you have family members, mentors, etc who have recommended you apply there because of their own experience). If you do not have a personal connection, talk about what attracts you to the curriculum, student body, environment/location, or clinical/research opportunities. I always encourage students to look at a map. What is close by? Any interesting companies or head quarters? Near to more rural opportunities ? Adjacent to urban areas? Who lives near the campus?
    • Optional: We encourage you to submit an optional diversity statement that specifically addresses how, if admitted to our program, your admission would contribute to the diversity of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Community. This optional statement may be considered for admission and/or scholarship purposes. Please limit your response to 100 words or fewer.

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