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University of Minnesota Medical School Secondary Questions

Here are the secondary prompts for University of Minnesota Medical School.

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2020-2021

All prompts have a limit of 1500 characters unless otherwise specified:

Tell us about a time when you recovered from a non-academic setback. How did you identify the setback and what steps did you take to recover?

Tell us about a time when you played a role in improving a process. How did you identify the areas for improvement and what steps did you take to change the process?

Tell us about a time when you observed, personally experienced, or acted with implicit or explicit bias. If you observed or personally experienced implicit or explicit bias what did you do to address this situation or what would you do in the future? If you were implicitly or explicitly biased how did you become aware of this and what did you do to address the situation or what will you do in the future? Through either situation we are interested in what you learned.

Please tell us about your identity. How has your identity impacted the development of your values and attitudes toward others, particularly those with values different from your own? Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine.

Why do you want to go to medical school in the state of MN? (This question seeks to understand why you are interested in the state of MN not the University of Minnesota.)

What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss an aspect of your journey to medicine that you have not already presented in your application. You may also update us with any current experiences that were not included in your AMCAS application. (900 char.) OPTIONAL

If you are not submitting an MCAT score with your application briefly explain why. This question is required of any applicant who will ultimately not include an MCAT score in their application. OPTIONAL

2020 has proven to be unprecedented times and uncharted territory in global health. Please feel free to share with us your thoughts and experiences with navigating Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This could include the barriers you have faced in applying to medical school this cycle, feelings of complicated grief and loss, thoughts on the role of health care professionals, challenges associated with racial health inequities as more Black and Brown people are disproportionately impacted, or other reflections on living through a global pandemic crisis. OPTIONAL

Right now is a watershed moment in American history and this country’s reckoning with race, racism, racial injustice, and especially anti-Black hatred. If you feel comfortable, we welcome you to please share with us your reflections on, experiences with, and greatest lessons learned about systemic racism that is receiving international attention with the murders of numerous Black, Indigenous, and People of Color including but not limited to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Vanessa Guillen, Rayshard Brooks, and Elijah McClain. OPTIONAL

2018-2019 

1. Please describe your experiences with intentionally expanding your cultural awareness in an effort to promote acceptance, respect, and inclusivity. (1500 Characters)

2. Reflect on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others, particularly those with values different than your own. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (1500 Characters)

3. Beyond what you have shared in question two, please share information about important aspects of your personal background or identity as it relates to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, cultural context, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race/ethnicity, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (This question is not required.)(900-1500)

4. If you have a specific interest in the study or practice of medicine please share it here. Please include specific experiences that have informed your interest. (This question is not required.) (900-1500)

5. Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (1500 Characters)

6. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus. (1500 Characters)

7. Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota?

8. If you selected OTHER, please provide a brief explanation as to why.

9. If you are a non-resident applicant, do you have any special or significant ties to the state of MN? (Non-resident applicants are not required to have ties to MN and this question is not required.)

10. Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application. (300 characters)

11. Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony?

12. If YES, you must include a full explanation below.

13. What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss or highlight any aspect of your journey to medicine that you may or may not have already presented in your application. Â You may also update us with any current experiences that were not included in your AMCAS application. (This question is not required.) (900-1500)

14. If you are a re-applicant, how has your current application changed or what additional information would you like to highlight for the Admissions Committee? Re-applicant refers to having applied to any medical school in the past. (This question is not required unless you are a re-applicant.) (900-1500)

2017-2018

1. The University of Minnesota strives to ensure diverse educational experiences that promote acceptance, respect and inclusivity. Please describe your experiences with diversity and diverse groups of people. Reflect on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine.
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2. Please share information about important aspects of your personal background or identity as it relates to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, cultural context, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race/ethnicity, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (This question is not required.)

*3. Tell us about your most significant accomplishment to date.
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*4. Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it.
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*5. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities campus.
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*6. Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota? Yes No Other

7. If you selected OTHER, please provide a brief explanation as to why.
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8. If you are a non-resident applicant, do you have any special or significant ties to the state of MN? (Non-resident applicants are not required to have ties to MN and this question is not required.)
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*9. Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application.
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10. Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor and/or felony?* Yes No

11. If YES, you must include a full explanation below.

12. What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss or highlight any aspect of your journey to medicine that you may or may not have already presented in your application. You may also update us with any current experiences that were not included in your AMCAS application. (This question is not required.)
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13. If you are a re-applicant, how has your current application changed or what additional information would you like to highlight for the Admissions Committee? Re-applicant refers to having applied to any medical school in the past. (This question is not required unless you are a re-applicant.)
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Good luck to everyone applying!

2016-2017

*1. Beyond what you have written in your AMCAS Personal Comments and the Experience section, please describe your medically related experience(s) and how they have contributed to your understanding of medicine and your motivation to pursue this career? (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*2. Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*3. The University of Minnesota strives to ensure diverse educational experiences appreciating individual differences by creating learning environments that promote acceptance, respect and inclusivity. Please describe your experiences with diversity and diverse groups of people by reflecting on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*4. We invite you to share information about important aspects of your personal background and identity as they relate to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, information about your culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*5. Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota? (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*6. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*7. Briefly describe what you are currently doing. If you have already graduated, please indicate what you have been doing since graduation, and what your plans are for the coming year? (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*8. Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*11. Please talk about what you might do if you are ultimately not accepted to medical school. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*12. What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss or highlight any aspect of your journey to medicine that you may or may not have already presented in your application. (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

*13. If you are a re-applicant to the University of Minnesota Medical School, how has your current application changed or what additional information would you like to highlight for the Admissions Committee? (characters – min: 1, max: 900)

2015-2016

Duluth

Q1: In what ways do you fit the goals of this school? (800 characters)

Q2: How familiar are you with life in a rural setting or American Indian community? (800 characters)

Q3: What are some of the professional and personal advantages and disadvantages of a rural family medicine practice? (800 characters)

Q4: How have you familiarized yourself with the field of medicine? (800 characters)

Q5: How have your volunteer experiences influenced your life goals? (800 characters)

Q6: Briefly describe your career plans in the event that you do not attend medical school. (800 characters)

Q7: Have you ever struggled with being honest and compassionate at the same time? Describe the situation, the struggles and, if there was one, the resolution. (800 characters)

Q8: Describe an experience you have had working in a team (other than a sports team), what role you played, and your comfort level with that role. (800 characters)

Q9: What does lifelong learning mean to you? (800 characters)

Q10: What are your recreational and leisure activities? (800 characters)

Q11: Medical school can be stressful. What coping skills have you used in the past to deal with stressful situations? (800 characters)

Q12: Please use this space to update the information contained in your AMCAS application. Indicate grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation dates, additions to your extracurricular activities, and anything else you feel the Committee should know. (800 characters)

Q13: Please describe what you are currently doing. If you have already graduated please indicate what you have been doing since graduation and what your plans are for the coming year. (800 characters)

Q14: FOR REAPPLICANTS ONLY: What have you done to improve your application to medical school? (800 characters)

Q15: Describe your ties to the state of Minnesota. (800 characters)

Twin Cities

Q1: Beyond what you have written in your AMCAS Personal Comments and the Experience section, please describe your medically related experience(s) and how they have contributed to your understanding of medicine and your motivation to pursue this career? (1500 characters)

Q2: Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (1500 characters)

Q3: The University of Minnesota strives to ensure diverse educational experiences appreciating individual differences by creating learning environments that promote acceptance, respect and inclusivity. Please describe your experiences with diversity and diverse groups of people by reflecting on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (1500 characters)

Q4: We invite you to share information about important aspects of your personal background and identity as they relate to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, information about your culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (900 char)

Q5: Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota? (300 char)

Q6: Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. (1200 char)

Q7: Briefly describe what you are currently doing. If you have already graduated, please indicate what you have been doing since graduation, and what your plans are for the coming year? (1200 char)

Q8: Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application. (300 char)

Q9: Have you considered alternate career options to fulfill your commitment to providing healthcare other than medicine? (900 char)

Q10: Please talk about what you might do if you are ultimately not accepted to medical school.(900 char)

Q11: What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee?(900 char)

 

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