Secondary Essay Prompts for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.


  1. If you have already received your bachelor’s degree, please describe what you have been doing since graduation, and your plans for the upcoming year. (limited to 700 characters.)
  2. If you interrupted your college education for a semester or longer, please describe what you did during that time. (limit to 700 characters)
  3. List any academic honors or awards you have received since entering college. (limit to 600 characters.)
  4. Briefly describe your single, most rewarding experience. Feel free to refer to an experience previously described in your AMCAS application. (limit to 900 characters.)
  5. Are there any areas of medicine that are of particular interest to you? If so, please comment. (limit to 1100 characters.)
  6. Briefly describe a situation where you had to overcome adversity; include lessons learned and how you think it will affect your career as a future physician. (limit to 900 characters.)
  7. If applicable, describe a situation where you were not in the majority. What did you learn from this experience? (limit 1100 characters.)
  8. The Admissions Committee values hearing about each candidate for admission, including what qualities the candidate might bring to the School of Medicine if admitted. If you feel there is information not already addressed in the application that will enable the Committee to know more about you and this has influenced your desire to be a physician, feel free to write a brief statement in the space below. You may address any subject you wish, such as being a first generation college student, or being a part of a minority group (whether because of your sexual orientation, religion, economic status, gender identity, ethnicity), or being the child of undocumented immigrants or being undocumented yourself, etc. This question is optional and you will not be penalized if you choose not to answer it. (1100 characters)
  9. If applying to the dual MD/MBA program, please describe your reasons for wishing to obtain this degree. (limited 1100 characters.)

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