Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY.

2016 – 2017

  1. How would you describe your ability to use unscheduled time during the day for learning?
  2. What competencies and qualities should a physician possess for practice in the 21st century?
  3. Describe the most significant community service activity in which you have participated. How did it affect you?
  4. Describe an experience or situation which made you feel grateful.
  5. In providing patient care, should physicians maintain emotional distance or empathize with patients’ emotional states? As a physician, how would you deal with your own emotions?
  6. Describe a situation in your undergraduate education when you felt alive and engaged in learning.
  7. Please share unique, personally important, and/or challenging facts about your background, such as the quality of your early education environment, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or life or work experiences. Please discuss how such factors have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine.

For out of state students only:

  • Essay
    This is an opportunity to describe more about yourself to the Admissions Committee. The Personal Comments section of the AMCAS application is not an acceptable substitute. In the essay, please address the following points:
  • Reasons for selecting a medical careers
  • Things you have done to prepare yourself for a medical education and career;
  • Personal characteristics and other accomplishments and experiences that you feel help qualify you for the practice of medicine; and,
  • Why you chose to apply to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
  • Please elaborate on any Kentucky ties: personal, familial, etc.

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