Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.

2018 – 2019

Short answer questions:

The following questions allow the Admissions Committee to become acquainted with you as an individual. Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

  1. What is the most fun you’ve had lately?
  2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be?
  3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations?
  4. Describe a situation in which you didn’t get something you felt you deserved.

Essay question:

If you had the power to change anything, what would it be? Please answer the question in 150 words or less.

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

2017 – 2018

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

2017 – 2018

Short-answer:

  1. What is the most fun you’ve had lately?
  2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be?
  3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations?
  4. Describe a situation in which you didn’t get something you felt you deserved.

Essay:

  1. Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were.

2016 – 2017

MedEdits advises against using outdated prompts for the current season.

  • Do you believe that you are a member of a group that is under-represented in medicine? (Yes/No)
  • Have you ever previously applied to any medical school ( M.D. , D.O., international)? (Yes/No)
  • Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were true.
    Please answer the question in 200 words or less.
  • All the following questions should be answered in 3-5 sentences:
  1. What’s the most fun you’ve had recently?
  2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be?
  3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations?
  4. Describe a situation in which you feel you didn’t get something you deserved.

Secondary essay webcast with Dr. Jessica Freedman, founder and president of MedEdits Medical Admissions.  Read more about Dr. Freedman.

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

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.

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.78
Median MCAT = 517
Applications = 8099
Interviewed = 728
Matriculated = 184

Learn more about this school:

Keck SOM of U So California
Office of Admissions
Los Angeles, CA 90033 USA
(323) 442-2552
(323) 442-2433

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