Eastern Virginia Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts

These are the secondary application essay prompts for Eastern Virginia Medical School. To put your best foot forward and maximize your chance of an interview invitation, visit our secondary application editing page.


Briefly describe your exposure to medicine (2000 char)

The challenge for this prompt is not to simply repeat the experiences listed in your primary application and personal statement. Try to come at your medical experiences from a new angle. Consider anecdotes you did not touch on before. Maybe you have encounters with medicine in your earlier life which you did not discuss. When talking about your more recent experiences that were surely in your primary app, try to bring out a new theme that paint the picture of your interest in medicine.

What do you think you will like best about being a physician? (2000 char)

To answer this question consider the following components of medicine which can be discussed as a personal favorite:

1 | Intellectual stimulation and lifelong learning
2 | Interpersonal interaction making each day different
3 | The opportunity to meaningfully help people by guiding them through particularly difficult and vulnerable times
4 | Creative thinking, problem-solving and innovation of research

Discuss what appeals to you most and explain why.

What do you think you will like least about being a physician? (2000 char)

This is a difficult question to answer. My recommendation would be to choose something which is a minor concern about medicine and discuss it honestly, but do not make it out to be a huge deal. Discuss how you think you could make this issue work in the long term and that it will not be too bothersome to you in the big picture.

Describe yourself and your medical career as you see it ten years from now. (2000 char)

Picture yourself once you have completed your training. What are your goals at that time? It is not imperative to choose a specialty as admissions committees understand that not all students will have an answer to this yet. What you can consider first is would you like to work in an academic setting (university with medical students and residents and a greater focus on research) or private practice. Do you want to focus on medical education, research, patient care, or global health? Think about the big themes of medicine and where your goals fit into them.

Please indicate your reasons for applying to EVMS. (2000 char)

The first step to answering this question is doing some research on the program website to understand some of its nuances. Is it very strong in a particular field of research, or perhaps in community clinical work for the underserved? If one of these aspects aligns with your strengths or interests, explain how you are a great fit for this reason. Outline how these opportunities will help you grow toward your career goals as you envision them. Think about the opportunities the location provides in terms of clinical experience and social experience as well. Be sure to tailor your answer to the unique aspects of EVMS.


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


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

Disclaimer: The information on this page was shared by students and/or can be found on the medical school’s website. Med School Insiders does not guarantee the accuracy of the information on this page.

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