Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque, NM.


  1. At the UNM School of Medicine we are committed to building a dynamic, productive and positive learning environment in addition to promoting cross cultural and cross racial understanding among students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions and backgrounds. Share any unique or challenging factors in your background, such as the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity and life and work experiences. What would you as an individual bring to our medical community? Please limit to 2000 characters.
  2. There are multiple paths that lead to medical school and many obstacles along the way. Please describe the unique path that has led you to medicine as well as any obstacles or adversity that you had to overcome in achieving this goal. How will this experience affect your career as a physician? Please limit to 2000 characters.
  3. While providing healthcare as a physician is often a rewarding career, it is also a profession that entails addressing constant challenges. What do you see as the most significant issues the medical profession will face in the next 20 years, and what are some potential solutions for these problems? Please limit to 2000 characters.
  4. Part of the goal of the UNM School of Medicine is to address the healthcare disparities that face New Mexico. Once you become a physician, how do you foresee yourself helping to address the healthcare challenges that affect communities in the State of New Mexico? Please limit to 2000 characters.

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University of New Mexico School of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

University of New Mexico School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.74
Median MCAT = 507
Applications = 1464
Interviewed = 300
Matriculated = 103

Learn more about this school:

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Office of Admissions, MSC09 5085
Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA
(505) 272-4766
(505) 925-6031

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  • What medical schools look for in applicants
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