Secondary Essay Prompts for the West Virginia University School of Medicine
Below are the secondary essay prompts for the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WI.
2018 – 2019
Why did you choose to apply to West Virginia University School of Medicine?
Choose 4 of the following:
- Tell us one unique fact about yourself
- Every accepted student to the Class of 2023 will bring varied experiences to enhance the learning environment. If accepted, what can you teach your classmates; and in turn, what are you hoping to learn from them?
- Advocacy in medicine can come in many forms. Please describe a situation when you advocated for someone else.
- Name a character to whom you can relate from any book and tell us why
- While shadowing physicians, you have likely witnessed excellent role models. In some instances, you may have witnessed a negative doctor-patient encounter. If you have witnessed a negative encounter, please describe how you would have handled the situation differently if you were the physician.
- Students are a crucial part of the medical team, and often students bring innovative ideas to challenging situations. Please provide a creative solution to a major health issue in West Virginia.
150 word counts
Below are the secondary essay prompts for the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
2017 – 2018
- The West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia University School of Medicine and how do you think your education at West Virginia 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
- As a future physician, it is important that you are able to communicate in an accurate and concise manner. Please answer 4 out of the 5 essays below. Each answer must be 150 words or less.
- Why have you chosen to apply to WVU SOM? What opportunities do you foresee yourself taking advantage of during your time here?
- Describe the community in which you spent the majority of your early development. What core values did you receive there and how will these translate into the contributions that you will make in medical school and beyond?
- What has been your most humbling experience, and how will that experience affect your interactions with your peers and patients?
- Describe a situation where you have chosen to advocate for someone who is different from yourself. How do you see advocacy linked to your role as a physician?
- Describe a situation where you had to overcome adversity; include lessons learned and how you think it will affect your career as a future physician.
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