Florida State University Secondary Essay Prompts

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about Florida state University College of medicine

Secondary Deadline: December 15, 2023
Secondary Fee: $30
FAP Waiver: Yes
CASPer Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

Mission

The Florida State University College of Medicine will educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations.

The FSU College of Medicine will lead the nation in preparing compassionate physicians to deliver the highest quality 21st Century patient-centered medicine to communities of greatest need. 

2023-2024

A. Personal Background (500 words)​
1.Please provide a description of your family. (Optional)
2.Please provide a description of where you grew up (i.e. rural area, large city, etc.) (Optional)
3.Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.). (Optional)
4.What is a unique trait, experience, or interest that we would not normally learn about you? (Optional)
5.If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you are comfortable voluntarily sharing with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Many applicants will not need to answer this question. Examples might include significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine. (Optional)



B. Self Critical Analysis
(500 words)
​1.Why are you choosing to apply to the FSU College of Medicine? Please be specific describing what is particularly attractive about FSU COM.
2.What do you feel are your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine? (Optional)
3.If you have previously interviewed or applied to the College of Medicine, what steps have you taken to improve your application? (Optional)

C. Additional Questions (500 words)​
1.In what field/specialty of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now? Please list no more than three (3) specialties.
2.Write a short statement describing how you envision using the specialty/ties you listed above to advance our mission.
3.The Admissions Committee understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted applicants in various ways. If you wish to inform the committee as to how these events have affected you and have not already done so elsewhere in your application, please use this space to do so. (Optional)

D. Florida Resident (200 characters)​
1.The Florida State University College of Medicine accepts very few out-of-state applicants. Except under rare circumstances, out of state applicants are considered for admission only if their county of residence is geographically contiguous with the State of Florida, or if they can demonstrate significant ties to the State of Florida.
a.Is Florida currently your legal State of residence? (Yes/No)
b.Has it ever been your legal state of residence? (Yes/No)
c.If “yes,” please briefly explain: (Optional)
d.If you have never been a Florida resident or are not currently residing in Florida
(answered “no” to both questions above), please briefly describe any significant ties that you have to the State of Florida (Examples of significant ties include- but are not limited to- attending college within Florida; having strong family ties to Florida, owning property in Florida, etc.) (Optional)

E. Disclosures (500 characters)​
1.Have you ever been charged with a violation of the law which resulted in, or is still pending could result in, probation, community service, a jail sentence, or the revocation or suspension of your driver’s license (including traffic violations which resulted in a fine of $200 or more)? If “yes”, please explain. (Optional)
2.Have you ever been or are you now under investigation for any academic or legal/conduct problems at any undergraduate or graduate institution? If “yes”, please explain. (Optional)

2022-2023

500 word limit per prompt

1. Please provide a description of your family. (Optional)

2. Please provide a description of where you grew up (i.e. rural area, large city, etc.) (Optional)

3. Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.). (Optional)

4. What is a unique trait, experience, or interest that we would not normally learn about you? (Optional)

5. If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you are comfortable voluntarily sharing with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Many applicants will not need to answer this question. Examples might include significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine. (Optional)

6. Why are you choosing to apply to the FSU College of Medicine? Please be specific describing what is particularly attractive about FSU COM.

7. What do you feel are your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine? (Optional)

8. How do you feel you will contribute to the success of the FSU College of Medicine and our unique mission? (Optional)

9. If you have previously interviewed or applied to the College of Medicine, what steps have you taken to improve your application? (Optional)

10. In what field/specialty of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now? Please list no more than three (3) specialties.

11. Write a short statement describing how you envision using the specialty/ies you listed above to advance our mission.

 

2021-2022

Please limit your answers to 500 words per question.

Please provide a description of your family. (Optional)

Please provide a description of where you grew up (i.e. rural area, large city, etc.) (Optional)

Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.). (Optional)

What is a unique trait, experience, or interest that we would not normally learn about you? (Optional)

If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you are comfortable voluntarily sharing with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Many applicants will not need to answer this question. Examples might include significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine. (Optional)

B. Academic Background and Pre-Medical Course Requirements

Choose the appropriate response for each required prerequisite. As a reminder: All prerequisites must be completed with a “C” or better and BEFORE matriculating at the FSU COM.

English (or other writing intensive course): 6 credit hours
Completed with a “C” or better
In Progress
College Mathematics (Statistics is recommended): 6 credit hours
Completed with a “C” or better
In Progress

Biology with Lab: 8 credit hours
Completed with a “C” or better
In Progress

Organic Chemistry with Lab: 4 credit hours
Completed with a “C” or better
In Progress

Physics with Lab: 8 credit hours
Completed with a “C” or better
In Progress

Biochemistry (MUST require at least one Organic Chemistry course as a pre-requisite; lab is recommended): 3 credit hours
Completed with a “C” or better
In Progress

Please enter your ACT and or SAT scores if you have taken these exams. (Optional)

Have you previously attended FSU or applied for admission? (Not to the College of Medicine) (Optional)
Yes
No

C. Self-Critical Analysis

Please limit your answer to 500 words per question.

Why are you choosing to apply to the FSU College of Medicine? Please be specific describing what is particularly attractive about FSU COM.

What do you feel are your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine? (Optional)

How do you feel you will contribute to the success of the FSU College of Medicine and our unique mission? (Optional)

If you have previously interviewed or applied to the College of Medicine, what steps have you taken to improve your application? (Optional)

D. Additional Questions

Please answer the following additional questions.

In what field/specialty of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now? Please list no more than three (3) specialties.

Write a short statement describing how you envision using the specialty/ies you listed above to advance our mission.

COVID-19: The Admissions Committee understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted applicants in various ways. If you wish to inform the committee as to how these events have affected you and have not already done so elsewhere in your application, please use this space to do so. Optional

E. Florida Residency

The Florida State University College of Medicine accepts very few out-of-state applicants. Except under rare circumstances, out of state applicants are considered for admission only if their county of residence is geographically contiguous with the State of Florida, or if they can demonstrate significant ties to the State of Florida.

Is Florida currently your legal State of residence?
Yes
No

Has it ever been your legal state of residence?
Yes
No
N/A – Answered “yes” to previous question
If “Yes”, please briefly explain: (Optional)

If you have never been a Florida resident or are not currently residing in Florida (answered “no” to both questions above), please briefly describe any significant ties that you have to the State of Florida (Examples of significant ties include- but are not limited to- attending college within Florida; having strong family ties to Florida, owning property in Florida, etc.) (Optional)

2020-2021

Please limit your answers to 500 words per question.

1) Indicate your significant travel experiences and include the circumstances. (500 words)

2) Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.) (500 words)

3) Identify any other traits, habits, experiences, interests, etc., that a professor or advisor would not normally learn about you. (500 words)

4) For both mother and father, give the following:
Where they were raised
4-5 traits that would describe him/her to a stranger
Traits you get from him/her
Your rapport with him/her
His/her hobbies or interests
(500 words)

5) Give names, ages and a few brief comments about your brothers and sisters. (500 words)

6) In what field of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now? (500 words)

7) Write a critical analysis of your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine and the realization of your professional ambitions. (500 words)

2019-2020

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

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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