Secondary Essay Prompts for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA.

2019-2020

  • Imagine that you are volunteering as a medical assistant in a pediatric clinic. Due to several walk-in urgent cases the clinic has fallen behind schedule about an hour. You are getting the intake information and vitals on a child when the parent becomes visibly angry and starts cursing about the amount of time they have waited to be seen. The parent demands that you get the pediatrician immediately but you know that she is currently doing a medical procedure in the next room. How would you handle this situation?
  • (2000 characters)

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 Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

2016 – 2017

  • Imagine that you are at a social gathering and your neighbor comes over to congratulate you on your acceptance to medical school. She goes on to ask you about your opinion on childhood vaccinations. She is worried about vaccinating her baby because of some of the things that she has read about vaccines. How would you respond to her? (You may use any resources for your answer.) (2000 characters)

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Secondary Essay

Virginia Commonwealth University 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.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.74
Median MCAT = 511
Applications = 8770
Interviewed = 635
Matriculated = 216

Learn more about this school:

Georgetown University SOM
Office of Admissions
Richmond, VA
(804) 828-9629
(202) 687-3079

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