University of Illinois College of Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts

These are the secondary application essay prompts for University of Illinois 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

1. (if not enrolled in school) Please state your current activities and/or employment status (limited to 3500 characters in length)

2. Describe a stressful situation that you have experienced. Please detail your reaction, how you managed the situation, and what you learned that will help you handle a similar circumstance in the future.

3. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply.

A) Simulation

B) Research in healthcare delivery

C) Basic science research

D) Interdisciplinary collaboration

E) Healthcare disparities

F) Academic medicine

G) Global Health

H) Community Health (urban/rural)

Provide a short, 300-500 words, statement on your interest and how you see it influencing your learning.

Please begin your statement with the letter(s) representing the area(s) of interest enclosed in parentheses as a programmatic cue. Separate multiple areas of interest with a comma.

For example, your essay would begin as follows, if you chose Simulation and Research in healthcare delivery: (A,B) …

If you choose just one additional area of interest: (A) …

4. Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don’t exceed 150 words)

If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate ‘Not Applicable’

For the second essay prompt there is another option (I) Innovation.

2017-2018

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

2016-2017

If you select that you are not currently enrolled in a college/university it asks: “Please state your current activities and/or employment status.” 3500 character limit.

1. Describe a situation in which you were really stressed. Tell us how you dealt with it. Please detail your reaction(s), and how it affected you. If this situation, or a similar one, were to happen again, how would you handle it? (250 words limit)

2. Describe a hobby or activity other than something in medicine, in which you have a keen interest. Why? (250 words limit)

2015-2016

1. Describe a situation in which you were really stressed. Tell us how you dealt with it. Please detail your reaction(s), and how it affected you. If this situation, or a similar one, were to happen again, how would you handle it? (DO NOT EXCEED 250 words)

2. Describe a hobby or activity other than something in medicine, in which you have a keen interest. Why? (do not exceed 250)

3. Optional: Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don’t exceed 150 words) If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate ‘Not Applicable’

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