Secondary Essay Prompts – University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, SC.

2019 – 2020

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Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, SC.

2018 – 2019

  1. Please provide any information regarding personal challenges/hardships that you have overcome. (If not applicable, this question may be left blank.)
  2. What traits, experiences, challenges, family or personal circumstances, interests, etc. make you unique and would bring added value and diversity to the learning environment at USCSOM Greenville?
  3. If you are not a South Carolina resident, what relationships, bonds, or interests do you have to this state? (If not applicable, this question may be left blank.)

Please address the following question in a short essay of 500 words or less (either type or copy and paste into the text box):

One of the Guiding Principles of the USCSOM Greenville is to “produce physicians competent not only in medical knowledge, technical skills and patient care, but also in compassion, collaborative interpersonal communication, professional responsibility and ethical behavior.” Patients sometimes complain that physicians are “aloof”, “don’t seem to care” or “lack compassion”. How, especially in a busy and often hectic setting, can a physician best demonstrate his or her compassion and genuine concern for a patient? How might compassionate patient-centered care improve patient outcomes?

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

Secondary essay webcast with Dr. Jessica Freedman, founder and president of MedEdits Medical Admissions.  Read more about Dr. Freedman.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of South Carolina 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.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.8
Median MCAT = 508
Applications = 3448
Interviewed = 376
Matriculated = 100

Learn more about this school:

University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville
607 Grove Road
Greenville, SC 29605-5611 USA
(864) 455-8201
((864) 455-5267

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