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 early patient contact 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 2022-2023 secondary application essay questions
Tufts secondary 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? Please explain briefly. (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. Others write about a personal circumstance, an opportunity or job offer that arose since having submitted the AMCAS primary application.
This is also a great place to say why you want to attend Tufts Medical School.
Tufts secondary 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 episode, 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 secondary essay #3
How might you 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, gender identity, sexuality, ability 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 to describe your individuality, 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 secondary essay #4
Given how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the world these past few years, please contextualize how your experiences have been affected which might include your personal, professional and educational journey. (1000 characters)
It is true, COVID-19 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.
Tufts wants you to explain how you were affected, broken down into three categories:
Personally (Were you or your family affected? Did you or someone in your home get sick? Did you or someone in your home have to quarantine?)
Professionally (Did you lose your job as a scribe, a scientist, a caregiver, a lab manager during a gap year during which you planned to work? Did your workplace rapidly shift their practice to “safe distancing” and amped up disinfecting routines? What new opportunities surfaced?)
Educationally (Did your Winter or Spring 2020 grades convert to Pass/Fail grades? How has this changed your transcripts and GPA? Did you have to stop shadowing a physician? Did you have to delay taking the MCAT?)
If you were personally affected, definitely explain this, briefly. There’s no room in this prompt to write an involved story. (It has a 1000-character limit.)
It’s likely this prompt is a place for Tufts to easily and uniformly locate information on how applicants were affected by COVID-19, across applications. 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 engaged the crisis. How did you step up to the pandemic, in whatever innovative way?
Tufts secondary essay #5
Do you have any withdrawals or repeated coursework listed on your transcript(s)? Please explain briefly. (1000 characters)
Provide logical explanations for Ws and repeated coursework in a manner that demonstrates paying attention to your academic performance as a value and means to an academic goal. Don’t elaborate on any personality conflicts or situational anxiety. Repeated coursework can reflect positively on your motivation as a student, in it could demonstrate that you wanted more time with challenging curriculum or wanted to demonstrate more accurate competency than was reflected in the first time taking the class.
Tufts secondary essay #6
Did you take any leaves of absence or significant breaks from your undergraduate education? (Do not include time off after graduation.) Please explain briefly. (1000 characters)
Sometimes students take leaves of absence for medical reasons, personal reasons (typically a family issue like illness, hospitalization or trauma), or occasionally for financial reasons (needing to work). Keep the explanation matter of fact, straight forward, and reasonable.
Tufts secondary essay #7
We understand that many applicants encounter academic hardships along the way. Please comment on any academic difficulties that you have encountered since completing high school (grades and MCAT scores) and that you believe might adversely affect your likelihood of medical school acceptance. We believe that such difficulties offer an opportunity for growth and would appreciate learning how your experiences have affected your approach to academics. If you have not encountered any difficulties, you may answer ‘No’. (1000 characters)
Some applicants address dyslexia or learning accommodations they needed, and the manner in which they learned to prevail academically. Some address an unexpected challenge of adjusting to college life, this typically looks like lower grades freshman year, though with progressive and clear improvements in grades thereafter. Others tell a story about a life situation that arose and caused them to take time off to work, to heal, to grieve – the key to telling a story like this is to conclude with returning stronger which should be evident on your transcript.
Tufts secondary essay #8
Have you ever been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to, a Misdemeanor crime, excluding 1) any offense for which you were adjudicated as a juvenile 2) any convictions which have been expunged or sealed by a court, or 3) any misdemeanor convictions for which any probation has been completed and the case dismissed by the court (in states where applicable)? (1000 characters)
If you have pled guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor crime, you must answer this question truthfully and directly. Do not be evasive. Own the mistake. Keep in mind, admission committees are fully aware of the life lessons of youth, so it would be best to conclude briefly with what that experience taught you.
Do not answer this question if your circumstances are covered by an exclusion; your answer should simply be “no.”
If your answer to this question is yes, though the prompt doesn’t ask for an explanation, it would be best to provide a brief description of the crime, whether or not you were found guilty, pled guilty or entered a plea of “no contest,” and what you’ve done since then to walk the line. Have you been sober for sixteen months? Do you volunteer for a crisis hotline? Are you an active member of a support group?
Applying to Tufts Medical School? Here are some stats:
Tufts average MCAT score: 514
Tufts average GPA: 3.71
Tufts acceptance rate: 4.0%
U.S. News ranks Tufts #56 for research and #45 for primary care.
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Tufts Medical School application timeline 2022 – 2023
|Deadline to complete Early Decision AMCAS application||August 1|
|Deadline to complete Early Decision Secondary Application||September 1|
|Deadline to complete regular AMCAS application||November 1|
|Deadline to complete regular Secondary Application||January 15|
|All applicants have received either an invitation to interview or a letter of regret||March 31|
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***
Dr. Mary Mahoney, Ph.D. is the Medical Humanities Director at Elmira College and has over 20 years of experience as an advisor and essay reviewer for med school applicants. She is a tenured English Professor with an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in Literature and Writing from the University of Houston. For the last twenty years, Mary has served as a grad school advisor and essay reviewer for med school applicants. Want Mary to help you get Accepted? Click here to get in touch!