Temple University has several campus locations in Pennsylvania. The school emphasizes hands-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.
Temple University’s 2017 Secondary Application Essay Questions:
1. What is the nature of your special interest in Temple University 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 characteristics that you appreciate about Temple. Then, write specifically about each one and why you would like to participate.
2. How do you plan on contributing to the TUSM 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.
3. Please describe the nature of your special interest in your first ranked Clinical/Regional campus.
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.
4. What are your plans for the current year- June 2016 until June 2017?
Explain to the AdCom what you are doing during the gap year. Include volunteer and other experiences to give the full picture.
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***
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Jessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She spent two years guiding students through the medical school application process at Columbia’s Postbac Program and teaches writing at all levels.