Charles R. Drew/UCLA Secondary Essay Prompts

These are the secondary application essay prompts for Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program. To put your best foot forward and maximize your chance of an interview invitation, visit our secondary application editing page.

About Charles R. Drew/ UCLA

Secondary Deadline: 28 days after receipt of the supplemental application invitation. 
Secondary Fee: $0
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes

Mission 

The mission of the College of Medicine is to provide education, research and clinical service in the context of community engagement in order to train physician leaders who promote wellness, who provide care with excellence and compassion, and who are committed to transforming the health of diverse and underserved communities.

2023-2024

1. The university’s vision statement is “Excellent health and wellness for all in a world without health disparities”. Describe how you envision yourself contributing to the CDU vision statement. (1200 characters)

2. Describe your commitment to transforming the health of diverse and underserved communities. (800 characters)

3. Detail the key motivational factors in your decision to apply to the CDU MD Program. (1200 characters)

4. Please describe a personal experience in which you have encountered discrimination. (800 characters)

5. How will you utilize your medical knowledge and skills to contribute positively to your community after completing medical school? (800 characters)

2022-2023

1. Have you experienced an uneven performance in grades and academic achievement? If so, please explain. What did you do to improve? (800 characters maximum)

2.If you are currently not a full-time student, please list and describe your current activities. (800 characters maximum)

3.Describe the role you play in your immediate family. (800 characters maximum)

4.Describe your community and socioeconomic environment. (800 characters maximum)

5.Describe the most significant community, public service, and leadership activities you have been involved in over the last six years. (800 characters maximum)

6.Describe how your experience, community, and family background impact your understanding of underserved communities. (800 characters maximum)

7.Other than healthcare access, what are some of the most important healthcare issues confronting under-resourced communities? How would you address them? (800 characters maximum)

8.Please describe how your experiences and personal attributes contribute to the mission of Charles R. Drew University. (800 characters maximum)

9.Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic or parking violation? If the answer is yes, please explain. (800 characters maximum)

10.Please share the degree to which COVID-19 has caused disruptions in any of the following areas of your life that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider: Academic, Research, Volunteer, Work, Personal Life, Financial Situation, Family. (1200 characters maximum)

11.Please provide any additional information, which will give the Admissions Committee greater insight into you as an applicant. (800 characters maximum)

12.How did you hear about our program?

2021-2022

1. Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity in your life. 800 char

2. What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated? 800 char

3. What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful? 800 char

4. Has there been or will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? Yes 300 char or No

5. What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important? 300 char

6. What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates and advisor. 300 char

7. Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth. 500 char 

8. Describe your work experience: 4000 char

2020-2021

The secondary application essay prompts from this medical school application cycle are the same as above.

2019-2020

1. Have you experienced any uneven performance in grades and academic achievement? If so, please explain.
(Response limited to 800 characters)

2. If you are currently not a full time student, please list and describe your current activities.
(Response limited to 800 characters)

3. Describe the role you play in your immediate family.
(Response limited to 800 characters)

4. Describe your community and socioeconomic environment.
(Response limited to 800 characters)

5. List the most significant community, public service, and leadership activities you have been involved in over the last six years. (Response limited to 800 characters)

6. Describe how your experience, your community, and family background impact your understanding of the
underserved communities. (Response limited to 800 characters)

7. Other than healthcare access, what are some of the most important health care issues confronting underserved
communities? How would you address them? (Response limited to 800 characters)

8. Please describe how your experiences and personal attributes contribute to the mission of Charles R Drew
University. (Response limited to 800 characters)

9. Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic or parking violation? If the answer is yes, please
explain. (Response limited to 800 characters)

10. Please provide any additional information, which will give the Admissions Committee greater insight into you as an applicant. (Response limited to 800 characters)

11. How did you hear about our program?
(Response limited to 800 characters)

2018-2019

The secondary application essay prompts from this medical school application cycle are the same as above

2017-2018

The secondary application essay prompts from this medical school application cycle are the same as above

2016-2017

The secondary application essay prompts from this medical school application cycle are the same as above

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