Tufts describes their fundamental mission as promoting human health, with an emphasis on leadership and clinical care. They are looking for students with a strong background in the fundamentals of science who also want to apply that work in a clinical setting. The school’s curriculum emphasizes patient contact early on along with full integration of the sciences.
Because Tufts’ medical school is focused on classes where there is a dynamic environment with a great deal of peer-to-peer work, you should emphasize your ability to lead and contribute to a medical school class.
Tufts Medical School 2019-2020 secondary application essay questions
Tufts Medical School essay #1
Do you wish to include any comments (in addition to those already provided in your AMCAS application) to the Admissions Committee at Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters)
You can use this space to write about anything not in the AMCAS. Be sure you do not repeat your personal statement. This is a good place to indicate anything specific about Tufts or about your personal background that relates to your med school application. Some applicants use this space to write about a personal experience that is particularly relevant and not included elsewhere.
This is a great place to say why you want to attend Tufts Medical School.
Tufts Medical School essay #2
Please briefly describe your plans for the coming year. Include in this explanation if you will be a student, working, conducting research, volunteering, etc. (1000 characters)
1000 characters is approximately 200 words, not a lot. Discuss what you plan to do in the upcoming year that most shows your fit with the Tufts Mission and Values. If you are a rising senior, will you have any leadership positions? What do you hope to accomplish in those roles? What research, if any, will you do? What community service will you do? Where will you participate as a clinician?
If you are taking a gap year, show, as Jennifer Welch discusses in this podcast, that it’s going to be a growth year. What will you accomplish at work? How will you immerse yourself in different populations? Will you work as a scribe (excellent clinical exposure)? Will you participate in a research project? Be included as an author?
Highlight your plans that show your commitment to medicine as Tufts sees it and shows that you will be a valuable member of Tufts incoming class.
Tufts Medical School essay #3
Do you consider yourself a person who would contribute to the diversity of the student body of Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters)
For this question, you should consider diversity in all its forms: race, ethnicity, language, family background, economic circumstances, education, and past experience. Consider how you might interact with a diverse group of medical students and contribute to your class. It is not enough to simply say that you are diverse; you need to explain how that makes you a better applicant. If you are struggling to come up with ways in which you are diverse, I encourage you to interpret the question broadly and explain how your experiences make you a unique and worthwhile applicant who is going to contribute a unique background, perspective, or experience to Tuft’s class.
Tufts Medical School essay #4
Do you have any withdrawals or repeated coursework listed on your transcript(s)? (1000 characters)
Explain anything in your academic history that answers this question. Be honest and do not make excuses. I always suggest that applicants respond to this question precisely.
Tufts Medical School essay #5
Did you take any leaves of absence or significant breaks from your undergraduate education? (Do not include time off after graduation.)
Include information about what you did during your time off. Include volunteer work. If you took time off due to difficulties or personal problems, explain how you overcame them and show that they no longer exist or that you have learned how to deal with them effectively. End on a positive note.
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Tufts Medical School application timeline
|AMCAS Application Due||November 1st|
|Secondary Application Due||January 15th|
|Interview Invitations Sent Out||September – March|
*Strong recommendation: Submit within two weeks after receipt.
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