Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Vermont College of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, VT.

2018 – 2019

This school requires CASPer (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) as part of the medical school secondary application.

Related: CASPer Test Prep 2018-2019: The Facts

2018 – 2019

  1. Please reflect on a difficult and challenging non-academic experience you have faced. Include a description of the stressful event, how you dealt with it and what you have learned about others and yourself through this process. (500 words max)
  2. The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont strongly values diversity. Larner COM recognizes that diversity extends beyond chosen and unchosen identities, and encompasses the entirety of an individual’s experiences. These experiences embody many dimensions that include (but are not limited to) the personal, familial, geographic, intellectual, economic, professional, linguistic, and societal domains. Thus, each and every member of the Larner COM community brings a unique perspective to a shared goal of training compassionate and competent physicians.

With this in mind, please reflect on your own diverse experiences and how those will allow you to successfully participate in teams and engage in active learning with your peers at the Larner COM. When composing your response please consider how these experiences impacted your understanding of others and yourself as well as any new insights gained. (500 words max).

  1. Additional Comments (optional): (500 words max)

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

2016 – 2017

  • Diversity Statement
    The University of Vermont College of Medicine values diversity as a driver of excellence. We actively seek diversity and inclusion within our academic community of students, faculty, and staff, as well as those we serve through teaching, research, patient care and community engagement. We are committed to building an educational community made up of members with diverse talents, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds.
    In reflecting on your personal background, talents, opinions and life experiences, how might you contribute to the overall diversity of the UVM COM community (3000 characters maximum)
  • Additional Short Answer Essay Topics (different from last year!)
    Please write a short response to one of the following prompts. For either question, when composing your essay, please consider the personal growth you experienced, an impact you may have had on others or a transformation you may have experienced (3000 characters maximum).
  • Topic 1:
    In your journey towards a career in medicine, what experience do you think most convinced you that you want to serve others as a physician?
  • Topic 2:
    There are many different types of teams. Effective teams are composed of people with diverse life experiences and varying viewpoints. Reflect on an experience you have had working on a team.

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

University of Vermont College of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of Vermont College 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 Vermont College of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.73
Median MCAT = 511
Applications = 5857
Interviewed = 617
Matriculated = 119

Learn more about this school:

College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Office of Admissions
Burlington, VT
(802) 656-2156

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