*Note: Baylor College of Medicine applications are now submitted solely through the TMDSAS application. Only MD/PHD will use the AMCAS application platform.
Review the Principles for BCM prior to writing your secondary essays. Baylor College of Medicine places special emphasis on recruiting students from diverse backgrounds and from ethnicities that are underrepresented in medicine. Highlight your personal connections, volunteer work, and leadership roles in medically underserved communities.
Baylor College of Medicine 2022-23 secondary application essay questions
Baylor College of Medicine essay #1
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.
- Clinical Research
- Healthcare/disparities/medical underserved communities
- Academic Medicine
- Community Health
- Simulation in medical education
- Health systems science
(connected to #1) What knowledge, skills and attitudes have you developed that have prepared you for this career path? (1000 characters)
BCOM wants to know how you’re suited for their programs. Their expectation is that in choosing up to two areas of interest, you have spent some quality time engaged in the interests you choose. Introduce the experience (what was it?), explain your responsibilities, and what you learned, how this experience deepened your awareness of inequity, how this experience impacted patient care, or how this experience showed you what twenty-first century medicine will entail. Provide an insightful vision of medicine and its complexities, disparities, or innovations to convey that they are true, active interests of yours.
Baylor College of Medicine essay #2
Are you planning to matriculate into medical school immediately after completing your undergraduate education? If not, please explain what activities and/or careers you have pursued in the time between your college education and your application. (limit not stated)
Most matriculating first year medical students have taken a gap year. A gap year is often regarded as an opportunity to deepen one’s preparedness for medical school. Your involvement in some type of physician-oriented work, research, clinical work, or patient care should be a deeply committed use of your time. Many applicants work full-time in research during their gap year while also volunteering. Some applicants work as EMTs, patient care aides, or techs. Others work at institutes (the National Institutes of Health [NIH], for instance).
If you work in non-healthcare-related employment out of necessity, explain the circumstances, tell a story that reveals your responsibilities beyond being a dutiful premed student. Are you caring for a sick relative? Has your family faced financial hardship? Are you a parent of young children? These stories should convey your fortitude, maturity and unflinching resolve to be responsible and still become a doctor.
If you work in non-healthcare-related employment and are seeking a career change, many schools of medicine are open to this. In this circumstance, “why medicine?” becomes a critical question to address in the personal statement, as the schools will be looking for true dedication and conviction. One way to demonstrate this conviction is to describe volunteer work oriented to patient care, wellness, or altruism.
In addition, career-changers may be able to show that a first career has already developed skills and qualities important in medicine. For example, a teacher explains concepts and an engineer evaluates and solves problems. Additionally, as non-traditional applicants, career-changers are desirable applicants because they have experience being steadfastly employed in a professional capacity and have grown from the experience.
Baylor College of Medicine essay #3
Indicate any special experiences, unusual factors or other information you feel would be helpful in evaluating you, including, but not limited to, education, employment, extracurricular activities, prevailing over adversity. You may expand upon but not repeat TMDSAS or AMCAS application information. (2,000 characters.)
Using a timeline you have created of your life that includes all significant events and/or an updated copy of your resume or CV, check off the items you have already covered in your primary application. Create a list from the remaining items that you have not covered which are related to clinical, research, work, or leadership in community service. Are there any items that relate to how you have overcome adversity? Strategically selecting the activities or events that will reveal more about you as a person, create an outline using this short list. Free-write to cover as much detail as you can from your outline. After taking a break, edit the material to ensure you have a clear introductory sentence, solid body with explanations, and a concise conclusion that sums up your experiences.
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Baylor College of Medicine 2022-23 application timeline
|Supplemental Application Deadline for M.D./PH.D.||November 1|
|Supplemental Application Deadline for M.D. only||November 15|
Source: Baylor College of Medicine website
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***