OHSU is Oregon’s only health center, and the school focuses on training med students to serve throughout the state. The goal is to advance health care delivery and leadership throughout the state.
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) 2018-19 Secondary Application Writing Prompts:
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #1
What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 characters)
For this essay, you should think about your career goals and what kind of patients you hope to work with — the category can be defined in terms of socio-economic class, language, ethnicity, immigration status, age, medical conditions, etc. Then think about experiences, either clinical or personal, where you have interacted with people who might have similar qualities. Then, you should give a specific example and explain what you learned about interacting with them.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #2
What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 characters)
I encourage applicants to think about what will be difficult about being a physician. Then, you should explain what the challenge is as well as how you plan to overcome this challenge, which can include instances where you have dealt with similar pressures. You should give a challenge and not avoid this question, which is trying to assess how you will deal with difficulties.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #3
Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience. (1500 characters)
Make a list of times when you have had to show resilience, or the ability to recover from a setback. Then, choose one where you are able to explain how you overcame the setback. I suggest that you should consider not only how you dealt with the challenge (including reaching out to others) but also include how you have used your own resilience to help others. Two thoughts on this questions: 1) I would encourage you to think about resilience beyond “I worked harder” and 2) I would choose an example that isn’t repetitive of the other essays in this series and that has some stakes involved. It can be a personal, academic, or work-related challenge.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #4
Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted. (1500 characters)
First, applicants will notice that these essays are similar, so it’s important to remember not to repeat from question to question. Here, you should think about a time when what you received did not match your expectations. This can be an award or promotion, or some other opportunity. It can also be a personal moment. Academic example can work, but I suggest that applicants avoid writing about not getting the A grade they wanted.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #5
Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 characters)
In this response, you should think about a moment when you received criticism or other feedback from someone that wasn’t what you wanted to hear. Then, walk through the steps you took after receiving the feedback. This would include your initial reaction, your contemplation of the feedback (in which you assess the value of the feedback), and then your implementation of change. It’s important to make sure this story isn’t about arguing with someone, but rather about taking into account a viewpoint that isn’t necessarily what you agreed with or expected.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #6
Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 characters)
As with all diversity questions, this is open-ended on purpose. You may, of course, write about diversity in terms of your own personal experience, socio-economic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other identity. You can also write about diversity of experience, which might include your own family or upbringing, being a caretaker, etc. Finally, you can write about an experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and how that has helped you appreciate diversity overall.
Additional Essay Questions for MD/PhD Applicants:
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #7
What specifically interests you in the OHSU MD/PhD program? (1500 characters)
For this questions, you should give specific reasons for your interest. I suggest about three. You should cite specific programs or other factors about the program that interest you.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #8
Please list 3-5 faculty members at OHSU whose research is of interest to you. (1500 characters)
Here, you should respond to the question directly with the names of faculty members and provide a brief explanation (within character limits) explaining why.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #9
Thinking about one of your research projects, how could the results affect the way we diagnose and treat patients? If your research is non-biomedical, describe how it advances scientific knowledge. (1500 characters)
For this question, choose one of your research projects that excites you and explain how the results can impact patients or scientific progress more generally. Most important, be specific. Give an example if you can.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #10
List publications and grants.
For this question, you can give a bulletpoint list. You can also include expected publications.
OHSU School of Medicine Essay #11
Please tell us the graduate program at OHSU you are most interested in (this is not binding)
You should respond to this question honestly and give a specific reason for your interest.
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OHSU School of Medicine 2018-19 Application Timeline
|Submit AMCAS Application||May 31 – October 15|
|Secondary Applications Become Available||Middle of July|
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