University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Secondary Essay Prompts

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

2018-2019

For MSTP:

Please describe the research that you would like to do as an MSTP student at the University of Wisconsin to prepare you for a career as a researcher and leader in medicine. This may include specific scientists, laboratories, facilities or programs. (Limit response to 500 words.)

For MSTP applicants, this will likely not be a challenging question to answer as research will be a huge part of your prior experience and your future career goals. The key here is to be specific. Do your research on existing labs, mentors, and research opportunities at the University of Wisconsin and detail those which interest you. Tie them to your prior experiences and your future career goals. If you discuss topics which were touched on in your primary application, try to approach your prior research experience from a new angle, perhaps employing anecdotes to convey a point. Make sure you answer how these opportunities will prepare you for a career in research and leadership in medicine, as the prompt asks.

For all:

Optional Essay
The Admissions Committee takes many factors into consideration when reviewing your application. A successful applicant is frequently one who communicates what makes them exceptional and why they will become an outstanding physician. You are invited but not required to provide additional information in this essay.

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 skills you have gained or life experiences you have had which give you a unique perspective and ability. Consider 1-2 of these traits and weave a story about them which show your unique characteristics. Specifically answer how this can contribute to your medical school class; consider the effect you might have on your peers, professors and patients.

Some applicants tell us about hardships and challenges that they have faced in their lives and how these experiences have helped them become caring and compassionate individuals. Other applicants use this space to emphasize a particular passion they have related to their future career in medicine. If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, you may want to tell us why you are interested in the University of Wisconsin or about a special connection that you may have to our state or people who live here.

You have 4 potential options in answering this questions:

  1. Focus on prior adversity or hardship you have faced. What did you learn from the experience and how did it help you grow? Be sure to remain positive and not to paint yourself as a victim.
  2. What is a particular passion or love you have? Consider art, music, sports, or other creative outlets which make you unique. How are these skills or principles translatable to a career in medicine.
  3. Do some research on the school 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 location provides in terms of clinical experience and social experience as well. Answer why this program in particular.
  4. Discuss personal connections you have to the program.


Our goal is to gain insight into you as a unique applicant. You may include anything in this essay that you feel is relevant. (Limit response to 500 words.)

As this prompt is terribly broad, think through your primary and the above secondary questions and consider if there is a strength or side of you which you have not yet detailed. Be creative and answer if appropriate.

2017-2018

The Admissions Committee takes many factors into consideration when reviewing your application. A successful applicant is frequently one who communicates what makes them exceptional and why they will become an outstanding physician. You are invited but not required to provide additional information in this essay.

Some applicants tell us about hardships and challenges that they have faced in their lives and how these experiences have helped them become caring and compassionate individuals. Other applicants use this space to emphasize a particular passion they have related to their future career in medicine. If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, you may want to tell us why you are interested in the University of Wisconsin or about a special connection that you may have to our state or people who live here.

Our goal is to gain insight into you as a unique applicant. You may include anything in this essay that you feel is relevant. OPTIONAL (500 words.)

2016-2017

1) The Admissions Committee takes many factors into consideration when reviewing your application. A successful applicant is frequently one who communicates what makes them exceptional and why they will become an outstanding physician. You are invited but not required to provide additional information in this essay. Some applicants tell us about hardships and challenges that they have faced in their lives and how these experiences have helped them become caring and compassionate individuals. Other applicants use this space to emphasize a particular passion they have related to their future career in medicine. If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, you may want to tell us why you are interested in the University of Wisconsin or about a special connection that you may have to our state or people who live here. Our goal is to gain insight into you as a unique applicant. You may include anything in this essay that you feel is relevant. (Limit response to 500 words.)

2) Only for previous applicants to the UW MD program. Individuals who are reapplying are required to submit a statement indicating what has changed since the previous application to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health MD program (e.g., additional academic work, new letters of recommendation, work and volunteer experience, life changes, etc.). Please limit your response to 500 words.

Disclaimer: The information on this page was shared by students and/or can be found on the medical school’s website. Med School Insiders does not guarantee the accuracy of the information on this page.

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