Secondary Essay Prompts for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ.

2018 – 2019

  • If you have participated in any program(s) affiliated with NJMS (i.e. summer programs, research, high school programs, internships, volunteering, graduate school, etc.), please indicate below. Please provide name(s) and date(s) of program participation:
  • If you have any relatives currently enrolled or who have graduated from NJMS please provide name(s), relationship to you and graduation year in the space provided below:
  • If you have any other connections to NJMS, or Rutgers University, please provide details below:
  • If you previously applied to NJMS through AMCAS or an accelerated program, please provide the following: Program name(s) and Application year(s):
  • Please indicate below if you previously met with either Dr. Heinrich or Ms. Rivero (prior to July 1, 2018). With whom did you meet and date(s):
  • NJMS recognizes the importance of diversity in the medical profession. We understand that the applicant pool is multidimensional and as such we would like to learn more about you:
    • How do you self-identify Racially
    • How do you self-identify Ethnically
    • How do you self-identify Culturally
  • Integrity is a core value at NJMS. Please share your thoughts on Integrity. Additionally, we seek students who are self-aware, resilient and adaptable. Discuss a personal or professional challenge you have experienced and how you resolved it.
  • NJMS is committed to fostering a collaborative and cohesive environment. With this in mind, how will you contribute to our medical school community?
  • Please discuss any additional information you feel may help us in our review of your candidacy. Feel free to elaborate on any gaps (educational or experiences), discrepancies in academic history, institutional actions, etc.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

2017 – 2018

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

2016 – 2017

  • We value qualities of integrity, humanism, diversity, and cultural competency in our student body. What would you bring to our medical school community? Please limit to 1500 characters.
  • Please discuss additional information not addressed in your application that you feel is important for the screening committee to know in reviewing your application (i.e. personal experiences, examples of resilience, discrepancies in academic history, etc…).
  • If there is any other information you feel enriches your candidacy, please feel free to share it here.
  • If you don’t currently reside in NJ, please share connections (if any) you may have.
  • If you will not be a full time student between June 2016-August 2017, please describe in detail your planned activities, including chronology and time commitment.

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Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Secondary Essay and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Secondary Application

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Secondary Application

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.

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.74
Median MCAT = 514
Applications = 4638
Interviewed = 679
Matriculated = 178

Learn more about this school:

Rutgers New Jersey Med School
Office of Admissions
185 South Orange Avenue C-653
Newark, NJ 07103 USA
(973) 972-4631
(973) 972-7986

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*Data collected from MSAR 2017-2018, 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, and institution website.

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