Secondary Essay Prompts for the Ohio State University College of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH.

2019 – 2020

  • Required essay for those applying to regular MD, MD/PhD and primary care track:
    • The mission statement of The Ohio State University College of Medicine is to “improve people’s lives” through innovation in research, medical education, and patient care. Please describe how your past experiences predict your potential to contribute in two of these three areas. (250 words or less)
  • Required essay for those applying to regular MD, MD/PhD and primary care track:
    • The OSU COM Admissions vision statement states that the admissions committee will assemble a class that displays “diversity in background and thought.” Why is “diversity in background and thought” a desirable characteristic for a medical school’s student body? (250 words or less)
  • Additional required essay for those applying to primary care track:
    • Describe the experiences you have had and any additional influences on your decision to apply to the OSU Primary Care Track three year program. (250 words or less
  • Additional required essay for those applying to primary care track:
    • Why are you interested in a Family Medicine specific accelerated program? (250 words or less)

2018 – 2019

REQUIRED ESSAY FOR THOSE APPLYING TO REGULAR M.D., M.D./PhD AND THE PRIMARY CARE TRACK: The mission statement of The Ohio State University College of Medicine is to “improve people’s lives” through innovation in research, medical education, and patient care. Please describe how your past experiences predict your potential to contribute in two of these three areas. (250 words or less)

REQUIRED ESSAY FOR THOSE APPLYING TO REGULAR M.D., M.D./PhD AND THE PRIMARY CARE TRACK: The OSU COM Admissions vision statement states that the admissions committee will assemble a class that displays “diversity in background and thought.” Why is “diversity in background and thought” a desirable characteristic for a medical school’s student body? (250 words or less)

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ESSAY ONLY FOR THOSE APPLYING TO THE PRIMARY CARE TRACK: Describe the experiences you have had in Primary Care and the influences they have had on your decision to apply to the Primary Care Track three year program. (500 words or less)

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ESSAY ONLY FOR THOSE APPLYING TO THE PRIMARY CARE TRACK: “Health Is Primary” is a communications campaign to advocate for the values of family medicine, demonstrate the benefits of primary care, and engage patients in our healthcare system. The aim is to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans. How do you plan to reflect the values of Family Medicine in your future career? (250 words or less)

2016 – 2017

  1. The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s mission is to “improve people’s lives through innovation in research, education and patient care.” Briefly describe how you aspire to further this mission, in whole or in part, as a medical student or as an alumnus of this College. Please limit to 250 words.
  2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr made the following statement: “Of all the injustices in the world, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Describe how you would like to contribute to ensuring quality healthcare for all people. Please limit to 250 words.

REQUIRED ESSAYS ONLY FOR THOSE APPLYING TO THE PRIMARY CARE TRACK:

  1. Describe the experiences you have had in Primary Care and the influences they have had on your decision to apply to the Primary Care Track three year program. Please limit to 500 words.
  2. “Health Is Primary” is a communications campaign to advocate for the values of family medicine, demonstrate the benefits of primary care, and engage patients in our healthcare system. The aim is to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans. How do you plan to reflect the values of Family Medicine in your future career? Please limit to 250 words.

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

Ohio State University College of Medicine Secondary Essay

Ohio State University College 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.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

Ohio State University College of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.85
Median MCAT = 516
Applications = 7145
Interviewed = 670
Matriculated = 197

Learn more about this school:

Ohio State University COM
Admissions Office
Columbus, OH 43210-1238 USA
(614) 685-3053
(614) 247-7959

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