West Virginia University School of Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts

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

about West Virginia University School of Medicine

Secondary Deadline: January 1, 2019
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Optional
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes


The West Virginia University School of Medicine is a connected community of students, teachers, staff, practitioners and researchers who value health and wellness. We support a culture of purpose, accountability, honesty and gratitude that prepares our learners to be resilient and confident as they care for people, conduct research and transform lives.


All 150 words:

Why did you choose to apply to West Virginia University School of Medicine?

Choose 4 of the following:

1. Tell us one unique fact about yourself

2. Every accepted student to the Class of 2023 will bring varied experiences to enhance the learning environment. If accepted, what can you teach your classmates; and in turn, what are you hoping to learn from them?

3. Advocacy in medicine can come in many forms. Please describe a situation when you advocated for someone else.

4. Name a character to whom you can relate from any book and tell us why

5. While shadowing physicians, you have likely witnessed excellent role models. In some instances, you may have witnessed a negative doctor-patient encounter. If you have witnessed a negative encounter, please describe how you would have handled the situation differently if you were the physician.

6. Students are a crucial part of the medical team, and often students bring innovative ideas to challenging situations. Please provide a creative solution to a major health issue in West Virginia.


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


1. As a future physician, it is important that you are able to communicate in an accurate and concise manner. Please answer 4 out of the 5 essays below. Each answer must be 150 words or less.

2. Why have you chosen to apply to WVU SOM? What opportunities do you foresee yourself taking advantage of during your time here?

3. Describe the community in which you spent the majority of your early development. What core values did you receive there and how will these translate into the contributions that you will make in medical school and beyond?

4. What has been your most humbling experience, and how will that experience affect your interactions with your peers and patients?

5. Describe a situation where you have chosen to advocate for someone who is different from yourself. How do you see advocacy linked to your role as a physician?

6. Describe a situation where you had to overcome adversity; include lessons learned and how you think it will affect your career as a future physician.


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

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