Secondary Essay Prompts for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

2019 – 2020

  • Please use keywords or phrases, separated by commas, to identify your research interests more specifically. Do not use tabs or add lines by hitting the enter key. There is a limit of 500 characters.
  • List your research experiences chronologically, starting with the most recent. For each experience, please provide clear information about the time commitment. (For instance, if you worked continuously in one lab for a year, putting in full time hours during the summer, and part time hours during the school year, you might state: “full time (about 50 hours a week) from mid May until the end of August, continuing part time (about 10 hours a week) from September to April”. Note that if you worked two summers in the same lab, but did *not* work in that lab at all during the school year, these should be listed as two separate research experiences.)
  • For each experience, indicate whether your mentor will provide a letter of recommendation. Please note that letters are a significant aspect of your application. We encourage you to solicit at least 3 letters which will specifically address your research ability and potential. Included in these should be letters from mentors who have guided you through your most significant research experiences. If you do not solicit a letter from an individual with whom you have had an extensive research experience, please provide an explanation in the comments section.
  • If you have publications as a result of your research, please provide the full citations here. If you do not have any publications at this time, please indicate that in the box (eg by typing “no publications yet”). Please note there is an 8,000 character limit.
  • Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

2018 – 2019

MD:

  1. Have you taken any online courses for credit?
  2. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?
  3. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? If you answer yes, a 1,000 char prompt to elaborate appears.
  4. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?
  5. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) (1000 characters if you answer yes)
  6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters if yes)
  7. Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates
  8. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.
  9. Sexual and Gender Identity (optional)

 

Do you identify as (please check all that apply):

 

  • Heterosexual/Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Asexual
  • Queer
  • Other

 

Do you identify as (please check all that apply):

 

  • Cisgender
  • Transgender
  • Gender non-conforming
  • Gender non-binary
  • Other
  • Please let us know if you have a preferred name and/or preferred Gender Pronouns.

 

MSTP:

 

Additional pages to check your preferred research group at the time of application (History and Sociology of Medicine, Anthropology, and Business/Economics have further requirements). Also a 500 character box to list keywords related to your research interests.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

2016 – 2017

  • Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe; each line allows 100 characters. (Please do not list awards from high school or earlier.)
  • Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? If yes, please limit to 500 characters to describe your plans.
  • Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? If yes, limit to 1000 characters to describe.
  • Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) If yes, limit to 1000 characters.
  • Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? If yes, limit to 1000 characters.
  • Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. Limit your response to 1,000 characters.

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

University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman 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 Pennsylvania Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.88
Median MCAT = 520
Applications = 6200
Interviewed = 801
Matriculated = 159

Learn more about this school:

Perelman School of Medicine
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Jordan Medical Education Center, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5162 USA
(215) 898-8001
(215) 573-6645

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