Brown Alpert Medical School is the only medical school in the state of Rhode Island. For this reason, it offers unparalleled access to all types of clinical settings and hospitals. It has seven teaching hospitals near its medical school campus. Its mission is “The pursuit of health to benefit society.” First and second year medical students can volunteer at the Brown Student Community Clinic. It is ranked as #35 for research and #32 for primary care, according to U.S. News and World Report. The secondary application consists of three required essays.
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Brown Alpert Medical School 2016-17 Secondary Application Essay Questions:
1. Summarize your activities during the 2016-2017 academic year. Describe how your activities are preparing you for a medical career. (2000 characters)
Using an updated copy of your CV or resume and a copy of your AMCAS activities, make a comprehensive list of your current commitments. Include everything within the time frame for which they are requesting information. You can include activities that you are planning, as long as you are certain that you will follow through with them. You can always bring an updated copy of your CV or resume to the interview, especially if your plans change. Be thorough. Include everything you’re doing while applying.
2. How will your unique attributes (e.g., cultural or socioeconomic background, lifestyle, work experiences) add to the overall diversity of the Alpert Medical School community? (2000 characters)
Using their guidelines, “cultural or socioeconomic background, lifestyle, work experiences,” make a list. What has been unusual for you in these areas? Often it is hard to identify this information by yourself, you may want to talk to a friend, premed advisor, or consultant for ideas. Using your list, identify those that have resulted in definite skills or abilities that you can share with your medical school class. Focus on those areas that benefit you as well as others.
3. What are your aspirations for your medical practice? Fast-forward to 15 years in the future: where do you imagine yourself? (3000 characters)
If this question stumps you, I recommend reviewing the CV or life story of a doctor or mentor whom you admire. Often, it’s hard to know what our goals should be when we don’t know what is possible. Give yourself time to read biographies and CV’s of those who inspire you to come up with ideas for your future. Have fun with this one, but set realistic goals!
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***
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