UPSOM places special emphasis on their collaborative problem-based curriculum and the fact that their medical students begin interacting with patients in their first year of medical school. Providing the best care to patients through research, education, leadership and diversity is central to their mission. In your own background, how can you demonstrate your commitment to service? Have you experienced the patient side of medicine yourself or through family members? How have these unique life experiences and the communities you have served contributed to your unique development and identity?
University of Pittsburgh 2016 Secondary Application Essay Questions:
• Two short essays with 250 word limits are required.
• Applicants should use single line spacing and 12 point size font.
• Responses should be constructed strategically to highlight all of an applicant’s strengths and how they relate to the mission and values of UPSOM.
Application Tip: Check out the UPSOM admissions committee procedures and criteria:
The following are required in the Secondary Application:
1. Tell us about a challenging problem you faced and how you resolved it. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
Given UPSOM’s focus on one-on-one patient interactions, use an experience in which you were able to resolve a professional conflict. Emphasize the role that you played in finding a solution and the skills you employed to identify and implement a positive outcome that was mutually beneficial for all parties involved. I recommend using an issue that has a clear positive resolution and one that is not personal in nature.
2. UPSOM is a culturally diverse and talented community. How would you enrich/enliven the UPSOM community? The essay should discuss material that is not included in the rest of your application. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
To best address this essay, take your time to make a long list of your unique qualities, talents and experiences—the longer the better. Cross out those items that you have already included in your personal statement. Identify your top three on the list—as they relate to UPSOM’s mission and goals. Explain how those three identifiers will allow you to connect with the community and how they represent you an individual.
*Strong recommendation: Submit within two weeks after receipt.
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Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted.com advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.