Secondary Database

West Virginia University School of Medicine Secondary

Here are the secondary prompts for the West Virginia University School of Medicine.


Why did you choose to apply to West Virginia University School of Medicine?

Choose 4 of the following:

1. Tell us one unique fact about yourself

2. 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?

3. Advocacy in medicine can come in many forms. Please describe a situation when you advocated for someone else.

4. Name a character to whom you can relate from any book and tell us why

5. 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.

6. 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.

all 150 word counts

2017 – 2018

Same as previous year

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.

2015 – 2016

In medicine, one needs resilience in some situations to persevere. Describe a time when you have demonstrated resilience to achieve your goals. (250 words)

Part of the Hippocratic Oath is to “do no harm” What does this mean? (250 words)

Other than a family member who has been the most influential person in your life and why? (250 words)

If you had a $1000 to give to a charity, which would you choose to give the money to and why? (250 words)

2014 – 2015

Imagine a world in which illness and injury do not exist. All hospitals and medical schools have closed because there is no longer a need. What would you choose to do with your life in such a world? (1/2 page single spaced)

Can you describe a time when you failed despite your best efforts? How would you handle it differently now? (1/2 page single spaced)

Other than a family member, who has been the most influential person in your life and why? (1/2 page single spaced)

You are the Chair of the Committee on Admissions: What would you consider to be the most important feature or component of a candidate’s application? (1/2 page single spaced)


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