The Lewis Katz School of Medicine has several campus locations in Pennsylvania. The school emphasizes hand-on, collaborative learning, community service, and the intersection between research and clinical care. It is one of the top ranked research-oriented schools. Temple also features a “simulation center” where students take a hands-on approach to clinical work.
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University 2022-2023 secondary application essay questions
- There is a 2,000 character limit per essay question, including spaces.
- All questions are required
LKSOM secondary essay #1
What is the nature of your interest in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine?
Here, you should describe particular programs at Temple that interest you. Review their website and materials and make a list of about 3 or 4 specific characteristics that you appreciate about Temple. Then, write specifically about each one and why you would like to participate.
LKSOM secondary essay #2
How do you plan on contributing to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Community?
LKSOM seeks an engaged student body with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and interests to enhance the medical school experience for everyone. Please use the space below to describe what makes you unique as an applicant, an obstacle that you had to overcome, or how you will contribute to the LKSOM community.
For this prompt, make a list of your unique characteristics that might not be evident from the rest of your application. Be sure to include anything that might highlight diversity of experience or background. Then, choose the most compelling and write an essay where you specifically explain what your unique quality is and why it will contribute to the community, keeping in mind the values of the medical school and mission.
LKSOM secondary essay #3
Tell us about your special interest in the campus you selected.
Because Temple has multiple campuses, you should rank your choices and write why you are interested in your first-choice campus. The main campus is in Philadelphia. You can cite reasons relating to special programs, proximity to family, or group dynamics.
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LKSOM secondary essay #4
What are your plans for the current year – June 2022 until June 2023?
Explain to the adcom what you are doing during the gap year. Include volunteer and other experiences to give the full picture. If you are still in school, mention that, including additional or continued volunteer work. If you are taking the MCAT, mention that too.
LKSOM secondary essay #5
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us.
Please use this space to describe to us how you were impacted academically, personally or professionally by COVID-19.
It is true, COVID-19 has derailed the majority of volunteer work, shadowing, academic research, internships and MCAT plans for medical school applicants. The good news is you’re not alone.
Medical schools want to know how future students’ application requirements may have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s likely this prompt is a place for LKSOM to easily and uniformly locate information on how applicants were affected by COVID-19s. That’s practical. So, stay clear and categorize in the manner they ask: personal, professional and educational.
Also, consider that this prompt offers a brief opportunity to place in context the effect of a public health crisis that no one could foresee, perhaps in your concluding comment. Avoid self-pity. Avoid woe-is-me. Convey instead how you, a future doctor, adjusted and further engaged the crisis. How did you step up to the pandemic, in whatever practical or innovative way? Did you organize students to deliver groceries to vulnerable people in your neighborhood? Did you involve yourself in the vaccination efforts or contact tracing? If your clinical volunteer work was cancelled, did you participate remotely in a hotline or crisis prevention center? Any of these activities are worth mentioning as part of how you were affected by and responded to the pandemic.
Watch: What is the LKSOM adcom looking for in secondary applications?
Jacob Ufberg, Associate Dean of Admissions, shares what the admissions team hopes to learn about applicants when they review secondaries:
Click here to listen to the rest of the interview.
LKSOM Letters of Recommendation
LKSOM participates in the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation Program. Letters can be sent to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application or Interfolio. All letters should be on letterhead and contain the letter writer’s signature.
If LKSOM is designated as a recipient of the letter on the AMCAS application, AMCAS will release the electronic copy to LKSOM. All letters designated for LKSOM must be received before your application will go under review.
LKSOM will consider letters of recommendation from a premedical committee, a packet from a school letter compilation service, or three (3) individual letters.
If submitting a compilation packet or individual letters, we prefer, but do not require, two (2) letters from professors with whom you completed course work from the AMCAS course classification of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
– We welcome letters from research experiences, but prefer them in addition to the requested science letters from professors with whom you completed coursework.
– One (1) additional letter is required from a non-science professor, work experience, or service activity.
– A premedical committee letter does not need a specific number of science/non-science letters.
At any point in the application process, you are welcome to submit additional letters to support your application and encouraged to use the AMCAS letter service to transmit these letters.
When done, thank those who wrote letters for you.
Situational Judgment Test
All applicants to the MD program are required to complete an online assessment, CASPer, to assist with the selection process. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that are important for success in our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant selection. LKSOM will not use DUET or Snapshot for the entering 2023 application cycle.
Check out our CASPER tips here.
Applying to Lewis Katz School of Medicine? Here are some stats:
LKSOM average MCAT score: 511
LKSOM average GPA: 3.72
LKSOM acceptance rate: 4.5%
U.S. News ranks LKSOM #68 for research and #88 for primary care.
Check out the Med School Selectivity Index for more stats.
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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University 2022 – 2023 application timeline
|AMCAS application deadline||December 15|
|Transcript submission to AMCAS||December 29|
|Supplemental including fee, and letters||January 16|
Source: Lewis Katz School of Medicine website
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***