Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Minnesota Medical School

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, MN.

2016 – 2017

  1. Beyond what you have written in your AMCAS Personal Comments and the Experience section, please describe your medically related experience(s) and how they have contributed to your understanding of medicine and your motivation to pursue this career? (character limit 900)
  2. Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (character limit 900)
  3. The University of Minnesota strives to ensure diverse educational experiences appreciating individual differences by creating learning environments that promote acceptance, respect and inclusivity. Please describe your experiences with diversity and diverse groups of people by reflecting on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (character limit 900)
  4. We invite you to share information about important aspects of your personal background and identity as they relate to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, information about your culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (character limit 900)
  5. Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota? (characters – min: 1, max: 900)
  6. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. (character limit 900)
  7. Briefly describe what you are currently doing. If you have already graduated, please indicate what you have been doing since graduation, and what your plans are for the coming year? (character limit 900)
  8. Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application. (character limit 900)
  9. Please talk about what you might do if you are ultimately not accepted to medical school. (character limit 900)
  10. What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss or highlight any aspect of your journey to medicine that you may or may not have already presented in your application. (character limit 900)
  11. If you are a re-applicant to the University of Minnesota Medical School, how has your current application changed or what additional information would you like to highlight for the Admissions Committee? (character limit 900)

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