University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts

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

2018-2019

The secondary starts with questions re possible convictions and previous matriculations, with 750 characters each for explanations.

If relevant, explain prior matriculations or encounters with the law. Be honest but try to discuss what you learned from the experience and the circumstances of the mistake you made, without making excuses.

If you will not be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program between now and matriculation, provide a thorough explanation of all activities planned between now and your matriculation into medical school (Fall 2019). (1000 characters)

Describe what you will be doing during the year of application if you will not be enrolled in school. Highlight how you will be bettering yourself as a prospective doctor (gaining some tangible skills). Describe the experience you will be gaining. For each experience, explain how this will help you grow and become a better medical school candidate, which is the most important goal of the gap year in the admissions committee’s eyes. Do not repeat what is in your primary application. This is a key to all secondaries. If you use a prior experience from the AMCAS primary (which can be difficult to avoid given the nature of some secondary questions), try to adopt a new angle or describe a different aspect of the experience than has been presented before. Consider using an anecdote to spice up the answer.

Briefly describe what specific resources or opportunities offered by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine you intend to utilize as a medical student and explain how these are consistent with your own interests. Please consider the uniqueness of our opportunities, our institution, our city, and/or our mission. (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 city provides in terms of clinical experience and social experience as well. Be sure to consider the mission statement of the program and other background information detailed here.

The University of Cincinnati is highly committed to selecting and cultivating students who can transform the field of medicine through the use of their distinct talents and attributes. Please tell us how you offer “diversity of thought” to our incoming class. Please also consider sharing unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background that represent the diversity that you bring. (2000 char)

Start by brainstorming what is unique about your background. Is it your place of birth, your family, your culture, or you path to medicine? Also consider prior adversity you have had to overcome and how that has shaped your values. Consider 1-2 of these experiences and weave a story about them which show your unique characteristics. Specifically answer how this can contribute to your medical school class and the diversity of thought within it. Consider the effect you might have on your peers, professors and patients.

2017-2018

Briefly describe what specific resources or opportunities offered by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine you intend to utilize as a medical student and explain how these are consistent with your own interests. Please consider the uniqueness of our opportunities, our institution, our city, or our mission. (2000 characters)

The University of Cincinnati is highly committed to selecting and cultivating students who can transform the field of medicine through the use of their distinct talents and attributes. Please tell us how you offer “diversity of thought” to our incoming class. Please also consider sharing unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background that represent the diversity that you bring. (2000 characters)

2016-2017

1. Were you ever the recipient of an institutional action (i,e. disciplined, probation, suspended, or dismissed) by any college, university, or medical school for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violation, even though such action may not have interrupted your enrollment or required you to withdraw? If yes, please explain fully below. (750 char)

2. Have you ever participated in a pre-conviction program or been convicted of, pled guilty, or no contest to: a felony and/or criminal offense (include information even if charges have been dropped or dismissed)? If yes, please explain below. (1000 char)

3. Have you ever been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to, any moving traffic violations (moving violations include speeding tickets)? If yes, please explain fully below. (750 char)

4. Have you ever matriculated at or attended any medical school as a candidate for the M.D. degree? If yes, please explain below. (750 char)

5. If you will NOT be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (e.g., you are completing a gap year) between August 2016 and June 2017, please click the button below. Then, in 1000 characters, provide a thorough explanation of all activities planned between now and your matriculation into medical school (Fall 2017). (1000 char)

6. Briefly describe why you wish to enroll at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. If applicable, please include any personal connection that you have to the University of Cincinnati, our medical school, the Cincinnati area, or our academic health center. (1000 char)

7. If the healthcare profession did not exist and we did not need healthcare providers, what other occupation(s) would you find personally desirable and why? (1500 char)

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