Tufts describes their fundamental mission as promoting human health, with an emphasis on leadership and clinical care. They are looking for students with a strong background in the fundamentals of science who also want to apply that work in a clinical setting. The school’s curriculum emphasizes patient contact early on along with full integration of the sciences.
Because Tufts’ medical school is focused on classes where there is a dynamic environment with a great deal of peer-to-peer work, you should emphasize your ability to lead and contribute to a medical school class.
Tufts 2017 Secondary Application Essays:
1. Do you wish to include any comments (in addition to those already provided in your AMCAS application) to the Admissions Committee at Tufts University School of Medicine?
You can use this space to write about anything not in the AMCAS. Be sure you do not repeat your personal statement. This is a good place to indicate anything specific about Tufts or about your personal background.
2. Do you consider yourself a person who would contribute to the diversity of the student body of Tufts University School of Medicine?
For this question, you should consider diversity of race, ethnicity, language, family background, economic circumstances, and education or past experience. Consider how you might interact with a diverse group of medical students and contribute to your class.
3. Do you have any withdrawals or repeated coursework listed on your transcript(s)?
Explain anything in your academic history that fulfills this question. Be honest and do not make excuses.
4. Did you take any leaves of absence or significant breaks from your undergraduate education? (Do not include time off after graduation.)
Include information about what you did during your time off. Include volunteer work.
5. Is any member of your family a graduate of TUSM or a current member of our faculty?
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***
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Jessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She spent two years guiding students through the medical school application process at Columbia’s Postbac Program and teaches writing at all levels.