Secondary Essay Prompts for the Duke University School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC.

2017 – 2018

  • Describe the community in which you were nurtured or spent the majority of your early development with respect to its demographics. What core values did you receive and how will these translate into the contributions that you hope to make to your community as a medical student and to your career in medicine? What improvements do you think might make the described community better? 600 words
  • Describe a situation where you have chosen to advocate for someone who is different from yourself. What does advocacy mean to you and how has your advocacy developed? How do you see it linked to your role as a physician/leader? What risks, if any, might be associated with your choice to be an advocate? 600 words
  • What has been your most humbling experience and how will that experience affect your interactions with your peers and patients? 600 words
  • What qualities will you bring to the practice of medicine? 600 words
  • Describe a situation where you failed. What did you learn from the experience? Describe at least one functional impact of the experience. 600 words
  • What role has research had in your preparation for medicine? 250 words

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