Secondary Essay Prompts for the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY.

2018 – 2019

  • If there were periods longer than 3 months, from the time you graduated from high school to now, when you were not employed full-time or in college full-time, please briefly describe your activities. (Limit 150 words)
    • This is a straightforward response. For traditional applicants (rising seniors), this is an opportunity to explain unusual circumstances or gaps in time. For non-traditional applicants, this is an opportunity to talk about any gaps in time and also what you have done since graduation. Situations to comment on would include: periods when you were ill, periods when you were studying for the MCAT, periods where you were looking for work.
  • If you are not attending college full time as of September 15, please describe your activities for the period September 15 to July 1. (Limit 150 words)
    • This is for our gap year students to explain how you are filling your time since graduation. Be specific – include jobs, internships or research, volunteering, and hobbies. You can mention any goals you have for your gap year.
  • If you are not from the 5 boroughs of New York City, describe what personal, urban experiences prepare you to live and study in New York City, and what will be your personal support system. (Limit 150 words)
    • The reader wants to know that you will be comfortable in Brooklyn. If you haven’t lived in an urban area, this would be a place to talk about why you would like to! You should talk about close friends or family members who live in the area who will be able to guide you about the ins and outs of living in that area.
  • If you had a completed application to the College of Medicine in a prior application cycle, please highlight any changes since your previous application in a list with dates. (Limit 150 words)
    • This question is specific to reapplicants. Use this space to give details on how you spent your application year, or subsequent years since you last applied (jobs, research, volunteering, anything productive!) Answer in the format they request (CV type).
  • If you have a specific reason why you wish to attend SUNY Downstate or a medical school in New York City, please explain. (Limit 150 words)
    • This is an ideal place to talk about any connections to Downstate that you have – any friends, mentors, letter writers, colleagues that have talked to you about Downstate. This is also where you can mention something you are drawn to: curriculum, patient population, type of classmate, type of teacher, location.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

  • The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center 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 State University of New York Downstate Medical Center 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 State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and how do you think your education at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)
  • If there were periods longer than 3 months, from the time you graduated from high school to now, when you were not employed full-time or in college full-time, please briefly describe your activities. (Limit 150 words)
  • If you are not attending college full time as of September 15, please describe your activities for the period September 15 to July 1. (Limit 150 words)
  • If you are not from the 5 boroughs of New York City, describe what personal, urban experiences prepare you to live and study in New York City, and what will be your personal support system. (Limit 150 words)
  • If you had a completed application to the College of Medicine in a prior application cycle, please highlight any changes since your previous application in a list with dates. (Limit 150 words)
  • If you have a specific reason why you wish to attend SUNY Downstate or a medical school in New York City, please explain. (Limit 150 words)

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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.

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.76
Median MCAT = 514
Applications = 5268
Interviewed = 1067
Matriculated = 196

Learn more about this school:

SUNY-Downstate Coll of Med
Student Admissions Office, MSC 60
Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY 11203 USA

(718) 270-2446

(718) 270-4775

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