UC Davis School of Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts

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

2018-2019

Essays

Limit your response to 500 characters for the next 3 questions:

Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee.

Do not feel compelled to answer this question, but if there is a portion of the application which needs clarification it is reasonable to do so. If there is a negative portion of the application which has an explanation for the reason, go ahead and provide it. Be sure to not sound like a victim and not to make excuses, but be honest in description of the circumstances and reasons for this issue. One possible example is if you had any health issues requiring you to withdraw from a class and receive an incomplete. Be sure to state what you learned from the experience and how you improved upon it thereafter.

Do you have a connection to Northern or Central California? (Y/N)
If you answered ‘yes’ to having a connection to Northern or Central California, please explain below. If you answered ‘no’ type ‘not applicable’.

Answer as applicable to your background. Feel free to describe personal family connections or a prior experience with the area. Incorporating a desire to give back to the community can make your essay stronger. UC Davis has a very strong primary care presence in the medical school and residency so a desire to serve the community will reflect well upon you. Make it genuine though, and do not concoct an answer which is not true or legitimate.

Experiences Section

500 characters or less:

At UC Davis School of Medicine we realize that each applicant brings diversity and perspective from a broad range of experiences. In this section we give you the opportunity to describe in detail the 3 extracurricular activities or experiences that have been most influential in leading you to a career in medicine. We realize that many applicants have identified key experiences in the main application. However, some do not and others identify less than 3. We apologize for any redundancy – feel free to reproduce the comments from your Primary application and expand on them as appropriate.

This is a difficult question because the key is to answer effectively while not repeating what was stated in the primary application. Although the prompt allows for redundancy, your application will be stronger if the same concepts are not repeated. Choose an experience you feel strongly about and then try to think about how you could explain its importance from a fresh angle. Perhaps there was a deeper or different lesson it taught you than what you previously described. Tie the experience to a tangible skill you gained or lesson you learned which will help you impact the medical profession. How does that experience make you unique and a good contribution to the diversity of the school?

2017-2018

Essays

Limit your response to 500 characters for the next 3 questions:

Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee.
Do you have a connection to Northern or Central California? (Y/N)
If you answered ‘yes’ to having a connection to Northern or Central California, please explain below. If you answered ‘no’ type ‘not applicable’.

Experiences Section

750 characters or less:

At UC Davis School of Medicine we realize that each applicant brings diversity and perspective from a broad range of experiences. In this section we give you the opportunity to describe in detail the 3 extracurricular activities or experiences that have been most influential in leading you to a career in medicine. We realize that many applicants have identified key experiences in the main application. However, some do not and others identify less than 3. We apologize for any redundancy – feel free to reproduce the comments from your Primary application and expand on them as appropriate.

2016-2017

Essays
Limit your response to 500 characters for the next 3 questions:
1. Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee.
2. Do you have a connection to Northern or Central California? (Yes or No)
3. If you answered ‘yes’ to having a connection to Northern or Central California, please explain below. If you answered ‘no’ type ‘not applicable’.

Experiences Section
750 characters or less:
Briefly describe this activity and its significance. How did it prepare you for a medical career? Include any supporting information (e.g. your contribution to the project or accomplishment as well as links to any publication, etc)

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