With excellent ratings in research and primary care, UPENN is looking for students with strong communication skills who can articulate their motivations to study medicine and serve as community leaders. Providing further information and insight in this secondary application about the reasons why you are motivated to study medicine at UPENN will be important. Even better, if those motivations illuminate character and how your life goals have shaped you as a person and leader, you will impress the adcom.
University of Pennsylvania 2013 Medical School Essay Question:
• One short essay with a 1,000 character limit is required.
• Applicants should use single line spacing and 12 point size font.
• Responses should be constructed strategically to highlight all of an applicant’s strengths, especially to demonstrate how they align with the UPENN mission statement and goals.
The following are required in the Secondary Application:
Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.
Since this secondary question requests a short essay, be succinct in your response. Start by doing your research on UPENN; read their mission statement, standards for admission, and basic requirements. Check out the structure and focus of their curriculum. What excites you about their school? Do you have a connection to their location? Do they offer any special programs or specialties that you are interested in? In what ways are the school’s goals similar to your own? How will their faculty, curriculum, or special programs better prepare you for a career in medicine?
Applicants must complete the on-line American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application at www.aamc.org between June 1 and October 15.
Applications will be processed upon the receipt of the following required materials:
• supplemental application
• non-refundable application/processing fee
• MCAT scores
• required letters of recommendation
All required materials must be received by November 15 in the Office of Admissions. Required letters of recommendation must be received at AMCAS by 5:00 p.m. EST (not postmarked).
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Alicia Nimonkaris an Accepted.com advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.