SUNY Upstate School of Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts

These are the secondary application essay prompts for State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate School of Medicine. To put your best foot forward and maximize your chance of an interview invitation, visit our secondary application editing page.

about State University of New York Upstate School of Medicine

Secondary Deadline: December 1, 2022
Secondary Fee: $110
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates:

2022-2023

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please provide a brief statement indicating your plans for the upcoming academic year:

2. You might consider yourself disadvantaged if you grew up in an area that was medically or underserved or had insufficient access to educational opportunities. Do you consider yourself within this description? If you answer Yes please explain your particular circumstances regarding why you consider yourself a disadvantaged applicant.

3. If you are interested in Primary Care, are you interested in receiving more information about potential scholarship opportunities?

4. We understand that the COVID-19 crisis disrupted many aspects of our lives. Please share if you had any curricular impacts during this time, for example, change to pass/fail courses or to online coursework or if you anticipate any deficiencies in experiences as a result of COVID-19.

5. Please upload an essay, under 500 words, answering the following question:
Upstate Medical University is strongly committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for the patients we serve and all who work at, study at, or visit our campus. As a potential partner in this effort, please describe your commitment to eliminating health inequities, discrimination, or other forms of social injustice. (500 words)

2019-2020

All prompts have a 1,500 character limit.

1. Has anyone in your family graduated from the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University?

2. Please indicate the last MCAT exam you have taken and/or are you planning to take any upcoming MCAT exams and if so, when? Please remember that the deadline for completing your application is December 1. 

3. Have you completed your baccalaureate degree? If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year. If you haven’t completed your baccalaureate degree yet, will you be doing so this academic year

4. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point?

All prompts have a 1,500 character limit.

2017-2018

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year:

2. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point?

3. Are there any areas of weakness in your application that you would like to clarify for the Admissions Committee? Yes/No
If yes, please describe:

(1800 characters for all)

2016-2017

Regular admissions prompts (word/character limit not stated)

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year.

2. What medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point?

3. Are there any areas of weakness in your application that you would like to clarify for the Admissions Committee?

Rural Medicine prompts (no character limit specified)
1. Why do you consider yourself suited to rural medical practice?
2. If you have lived in a rural community, please describe it and indicate how long you have lived there.
3. Describe your understanding of an issue or challenge facing rural communities now or in the future.
4. Describe any relevant medical encounters that either you or your family has experienced. How has this influenced your desire to practice rural medicine?
5. What are your future career goals?

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