Secondary Essay Prompts for the Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ.

2018 – 2019

This school requires CASPer (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) as part of the medical school secondary application.

Related: CASPer Test Prep 2018-2019: The Facts

If applicable, please comment on any science grade(s) listed on your application for which you received grades lower than a B. If applicable, please comment if there is a downward trend in your science and/or total grade point average (GPA). (optional) (250 char)

Please let us know how you prepared for your most recent MCAT. If you have taken the MCAT more than once let us know if you prepared differently for prior tests. (optional) (250 char)

Provide a very short reflection of what you have learned about your preferred strategies for pursuing knowledge in areas of interest to yourself. (250 char)

If you have taken time off during your undergraduate training or if you have already graduated, please provide information to explain this time by providing a line-by-line description of activities or explanation delineated by month/year to month/year. (optional) (500 char)

Were you, or are you, employed during the school year? If so please let us know the type of work, hours worked, etc.(optional) (500 char)

Is there anything you would like to share to clarify your application? (optional) (500 char)

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

2017 – 2018

  • The Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 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 Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 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 Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and how do you think your education at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)

2017 – 2018: NJMS Secondary Application

Full questions and directions can be found at the NJMS Secondary Application webpage.

  1. Please indicate if you have an interest in any of the following Dual Degree programs:
    MD/MPH     MD/MBA     MD w/Thesis     MD/PhD
  2. Have you previously participated or are you currently participating in any programs affiliated with NJMS? Yes No, GSBS Mini-Med NERA-MedPrep Research Programs SMART SMDEP/SHPEP Summer Youth Scholars Program (SYSP) Other Program
  3. Do you have any relatives currently attending or who have graduated from NJMS?
  4. Do you have any other connection to NJMS, UMDNJ, or Rutgers?
  5. Have you applied to NJMS before, either through AMCAS or an accelerated/combined degree program?
  6. Prior to July 1, 2017, have you met with either Dr. Heinrich or Ms. Rivero?
  7. We value qualities of integrity, humanism, and passion and are committed to fostering a climate for diversity and inclusion. We feel these factors are critical to your growth as a future physician-leader. How will you contribute to our medical school community? *Please see the important MedEdits note below.
  8. Please discuss any additional information you believe important for the screening committee to know about you. Feel free to elaborate on any special circumstances, personal examples of resilience, discrepancies in academic history, etc.
  9. Please share any other information you feel uniquely enriches your candidacy for admission to NJMS:
  10. If you don’t currently reside in NJ, please share connections (if any) you may have.
  11. If you will not be a full time student between June 2017-August 2018, please describe in detail your planned activities, including chronology and time commitment.
  12. Are you the first in your immediate family who will/has graduate(d) from a four year college?
  13. Are you the first in your immediate family who will attend medical school?
  14. How do you self-identify: Asian, Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin, Black, White, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Other

Rutgers Medical School Admissions 

Question number 7 is a classic admissions question.  How will you contribute to our medical school community?  See our secondary essay resource center homepage to read an example answer to this type of question.

Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.68
Median MCAT = 513
Applications = 3907
Interviewed = 583
Matriculated = 170

Learn more about this school:

Rutgers, RWJ Medical School
Office of Admissions
Piscataway, NJ 08854-5635 USA
(732) 235-4576
(732) 235-5078

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