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.

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.

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