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University of Utah School of Medicine Secondary Questions

Here are the secondary prompts for University of Utah School of Medicine.

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1. Tell us why you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. How does our program align with your personal and professional goals? What can you contribute to our exceptional learning experience? (300 words)

2. Describe how health disparities have impacted you, your community, and/or the communities you have served? What lessons have you learned and how do you plan to use this knowledge to address health equity as a medical student at our program and as a future physician? (300 words)

3. (for reapplicants) “Upon reflection and self-assessment, please share with us your areas of demonstrated growth since your previous application. Please highlight examples of your continued commitment to medicine.” (300 words)

More essays will appear if applying to RUUTE or population health tracks.


For non-Utah residents: “Explain why you chose to apply to the University of Utah School of Medicine. Please indicate if you have a connection to the state of Utah.” Keep answer to 1000 characters.

If you are interested in becoming a RUUTE Scholar, a 3300 character essay answering – What does rural and underserved mean to you?

This optional essay allows you the opportunity to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you. You may use this space to reflect upon your experiences during this time period. Keep the answer to 1500 characters.

If you are a reapplicant: “Explain what you have done to strengthen your application. 500 characters.

If you marked that you will not be enrolled in courses from 2020-2021 explain your activities. 1000 characters.


There were no essay prompts for the 2019-2020 cycle.


There were no essay prompts in the secondary application for the 2018-2019 cycle.

2017 – 2018

There were no essay prompts in the secondary application for the 2017-2018 cycle.

2016 – 2017

“How would you navigate uncertainty from the perspectives of either a patient, a physician, or medicine?” (2650 characters)

2015 – 2016

The essay question is an opportunity for you to present yourself and your motivations for pursuing a career in medicine to the Admissions Committee. Please describe the concept of professionalism. (2000 Char)

2014 – 2015

Tell us about a difficult or challenging situation that you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills that you called upon to resolve the dilemma, and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice.

At the University of Utah School of Medicine, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, and opinions. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community?


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