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What are Some Common Secondary Application Topics?


There are many difficult secondary application questions but here are some common ones:


-Why do you want to attend X school?

-Describe yourself (autobiographical).

-What fields of medicine are you interested in and why?

-Describe a personal challenge and how you over came it.

-What makes you distinct? How will you add to the diversity of our school?

­-What challenges do you foresee as you pursue a medical career?

-Describe an important experience. Why was it important?

­-If you are taking time off after college, what are you doing? Why?

-What would you do in X situation?

-What is your greatest achievement?

-What is your greatest non-academic achievement?

-How will our school help you achieve your goals?

-How do you cope?

-Where do you see yourself in ten years?

-Describe any elements of your application that might be concerning to the Admissions Committee.

-Optional information


*If this section is given, consider responding by answering the “why our school” question (unless that question is already given). You can also include any significant experiences that you have had since turning in your primary application. It is always best to write something in this section even though it is technically optional.


Secondaries can make or break an application. With numerous essays, generic questions, and deadlines, secondary applications for medical school can be overwhelming.
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