Mercer University School fo Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts

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

about Mercer University School of Medicine

Secondary Deadline: January 14, 2019
Secondary Fee: $90
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates:

Mission

To educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia.

Vision

To be a recognized leader in educating primary care, rural and community-based health professionals by:

  • Improving access to quality health care for Georgia residents
  • Enhancing the health status of Georgia residents
  • Providing an outstanding medical and health science education in an environment that emphasizes professionalism, achievement, discovery, diversity, and inclusion.

Values 

  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Respect and Honesty
  • Service

2019-2020

All prompts have a 230-word limit.

1. Please provide below an alternate e-mail address (different from the one listed on the Primary AMCAS Application) to which we can send you correspondence related to your application.

2. Please provide a cell phone number at which you can be contacted in reference to your application.

3. Please address any institutional action, including honor code or conduct code violations, from your time as an undergraduate and graduate student.

4. If you wish to discuss your perceptions of your academic readiness for the rigors of a medical school curriculum or explain poor grades in college coursework or MCAT scores to the Admissions Committee, please do so below.

5. What is your understanding of the practice of rural medicine?

6. Do you consider yourself to have been raised or to be residing in an area that is medically underserved or in a county that consists of medically underserved populations? By medically underserved we mean populations vulnerable to poor health due to difficulties accessing adequate health care services. This may be due to factors including but not limited to: education level; poverty; being uninsured or underinsured; lack of a usual source of care other than the emergency department; belonging to a socially marginalized group with poorer health outcomes; cultural or language barriers to receiving quality medical care; distance or lack of transportation to needed medical care. Please explain.

7. The mission of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) is to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the health care needs of medically underserved and rural areas of Georgia. Summarize your work and learning experiences that you believe reflect congruence with this mission. Based on your understanding of our mission, where and what do you envision yourself doing after completion of medical school and residency?

8. If you wish to, please briefly explain below to the Admissions Committee experiences, attributes or qualifications you believe are unique to you that can add to the diversity of the educational environment at MUSM.

9. Please explain to the Admissions Committee factors that you could not highlight above that would help the Admissions Committee better understand your unique circumstances. If you would like to briefly highlight any substantial updates with regard to your application (example, volunteer experiences) that have occurred after you submitted the Primary AMCAS Application, please summarize them below.

2017-2018

1. Do you consider yourself to have been raised rural? Please explain.

2. Do you consider yourself to have been raised or to be residing in an area that is medically underserved or in a county that consists of medically underserved populations? By medically underserved we mean populations vulnerable to poor health due to difficulties accessing adequate health care services. This may be due to factors including but not limited to: education level; poverty; being uninsured or underinsured; lack of a usual source of care other than the emergency department; belonging to a socially marginalized group with poorer health outcomes; cultural or language barriers to receiving quality medical care; distance or lack of transportation to needed medical care. Please explain.

3. Upon completion of undergraduate medical education and residency, what do you envision yourself doing?

4. The mission of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) is to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Summarize your work and learning experiences you believe reflect congruence with this mission. There is no need to elaborate on relevant experiences listed in your primary application but please include references to them as appropriate, and summarize them here.

5. If you wish to, please briefly explain below to the Admissions Committee experiences, attributes or qualifications you believe are unique to you that can add to the diversity of the educational environment at MUSM.

6. Please explain to the Admissions Committee factors that you could not highlight above that would help them better understand your unique circumstances. If you would like to briefly highlight any substantial updates with regard to your application (example, volunteer experiences) that have occurred after you submitted the primary AMCAS application, please summarize them below.

2016-2017

*230 words max per essay

1. The mission of the Mercer University School of Medicine is to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. How do you plan to contribute to healthcare in rural or underserved Georgia?

2. Please describe a service or volunteer activity that you feel best prepared you for the mission of our school?

3. The recruitment of a diverse student body is a major goal of Mercer University School of Medicine’s Admissions Committee. Students learn from each other as well as from faculty, and being part of a diverse student body affords additional learning opportunities for every student. Please tell us what facets of your life and education to date would contribute to the achievement of this goal. Such facets might include your early education, socioeconomic status, culture, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and life or work experiences.

4. What ethical dilemmas do you foresee that you might encounter in a medical practice in rural and underserved Georgia? Please describe one such incident and how you might resolve it.

5. Would you consider yourself disadvantaged as compared to the ‘average’ medical school applicant?

6. Please explain to the Admissions Committee other factors that would help them better understand your unique circumstances? (i.e. poor grades, MCAT score, missing information, life circumstances, legal difficulties, additions to your AMCAS application since it was completed, etc.)

7. Residency Verification Form (Attached) Must be notarized.

8. Passport sized photo

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