Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Washington School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

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

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

2017 – 2018

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

2016 – 2017

  • An autobiographical statement which should include:
    The origin and development of your motivation to be a physician
    Your prior experiences in health care
    Steps taken to explore a career in medicine
    Your eventual goals as a physician and other issues of importance
  • The Personal Comments section of the AMCAS application may be used to satisfy this requirement, or an additional autobiography may be submitted with your secondary materials. Your AMCAS personal statement will already be on file with our office. (250 words)
  • 3 additional short essays (250 word limit each)
  • How have your experiences prepared you to be a physician?
  • How do your experiences match the mission and values of the University of Washington School of Medicine?
  • What perspectives or experiences do you bring that would enrich the class?
  • What obstacles to your goals have you experienced and how have you dealt with them?
  • For re-applicants: From your most recent application until now, how have you strengthened your application?

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

University of Washington School of Medicine Secondary Essay

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

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 Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.71
Median MCAT = 510
Applications = 8607
Interviewed = 800
Matriculated = 270

Learn more about this school:

U Washington–UW
Office of Admissions
Box 356340
Seattle, WA 98195-6340 USA
(206) 543-7212
(206) 616-3341

Medical School Admissions Guide

Dr. Jessica Freedman, a former Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty member, offers concrete guidance to help applicants distinguish themselves in the medical school admissions process. Read full personal statements and applications by students who were accepted to medical school! This book includes examples of application entries, “most meaningful” experiences, personal statements, secondary essays, and letters of intent.

This is comprehensive and up to date guide offers realistic advice for applicants on many topics including:

  • Where to go to college if you are premed
  • When to take the MCAT
  • Whom to ask for letters of reference
  • How to write a personal statement
  • How to write application experience entries
  • How to write “most meaningful” experience application entries
  • What medical schools look for in applicants
  • Medical school admission requirements
  • What applicants can do to market themselves most effectively
  • How medical school admissions committees decide whom to interview
  • What to do if you are “waitlisted”
  • Deciding where to apply and attend

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*Data collected from MSAR 2017-2018, 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, and institution website.

Disclaimer: The information on this page was shared by students and/or can be found on each medical school’s website. MedEdits does not guarantee it’s accuracy or authenticity.


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