Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine 2020-21 secondary application essay questions
Mayo Clinic secondary essay #1
Why are you specifically interested in pursuing your medical education at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine? Please tell us in a few sentences why you are interested in the top choice track you indicated. (500 words)
First, one needs to answer this prompt with clear knowledge of the mission and focus of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Mayo strives to be the best medical school in the nation. They want to know how an applicant fits their mission. Mayo ranked #6 Best Medical School in Research in 2020-21, and research at each of their three campuses varies. And, they want to know why you are specifically interested in their program. Stay very specific.
Mayo Clinic secondary essay #2
We are all differentiated from or connected to one another by individual inflections that constitute our diversity. Explain how your relationship with your own diversity and to the diversities of others manifests in your personal and professional activities. (500 words)
The first sentence of this prompt is a dictum, a statement that asserts a general truth or principle, often authoritatively. Therefore, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is letting you know how they frame and define diversity as a core value of their schools of medicine. (The word “inflections” in this prompt likely means “variations.”)
Who are you? What makes you “you?” How is diversity a core value in your life? How do you demonstrate diversity as a core value in your life? Have you benefitted from, been challenged by, excluded or denied access from an opportunity because of a distinctive background, identity, or lifestyle? How did you handle this problem? What did you do to gain access to opportunity? Have you helped someone else gain access to opportunity? Since there is plenty of room to answer this prompt well, definitely answer this prompt in two ways: personally and professionally.
Mayo Clinic secondary essay #3
Share with us your thoughts about the relevance – or not – of diverse learning environments in which you wish to learn medicine. (500 words)
Diversity is a universal value among U.S. medical schools. How are diverse learning environments in medical school germane? What learning happens there? Applicants need to explain how diverse medical school experiences promote diversity, inclusion and equity in patient care, or how diverse learning environments in medicine shed light on health care inequities that are race-based, gender-based, and socioeconomically based – therefore highlighting the leadership work for current and future doctors – to rectify inequities – and to begin doing so structurally and systemically. How do Mayo’s diverse learning environments enrich medical education? Pick one and write about it.
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Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine 2020-21 application timeline
|AMCAS application deadline||October 1st|
|Deadline to post MCAT scores to AMCAS application||October 15th|
|Deadline to submit transcripts||October 15th|
|Deadline to submit secondary application and fee||November 15th|
|Deadline to submit letters of recommendation||November 15th|
Source: Mayo Clinic website
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