With excellent ratings in research and primary care, UPENN’s Perelman School of Medicine 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 the way your life goals have shaped you as a person and leader, you will impress the adcom.
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine 2018-19 Secondary Application Essays:
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #1
Have you taken any online courses for credit?
You should answer this question directly and honestly, giving your grades on the courses.
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #2
Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?
You should answer this question directly and honestly, providing the award, awarding organization and year of the award.
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #3
Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (If you answer yes, a 1,000 character prompt to elaborate appears.)
If you have already graduated from college, you should explain what you were doing over the last year. Everyone should describe plans for the gap year, including positions for which you plan to apply. Include planned or actual volunteer work.
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #4
Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?
For this question, you should respond if you have done any volunteer, paid or academic work outside of the U.S. This would include overseas missions and study abroad programs. For each activity, provide a brief explanation, including the amount of time you were abroad and the general scope of your activities there. This response should be direct and to-the-point.
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #5
Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) (1000 characters if you answer yes.)
This question is left open-ended. You should respond if you a) have particular circumstances or challenges related to your journey to medical school or personal life or b) have a part of your personal background that you want to reveal to the admissions committee. This essay can take the form of a brief diversity essay. There is a later essay about “why Penn,” so you should avoid answering that question here.
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #6
Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters if yes)
If you answer yes to this question, you should briefly explain what those hardships were and how they impacted your journey to medical school (etc. frequent moves, working during school, etc.).
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #7
Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates.
You should answer this question briefly with the information requested.
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #8
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 Perelman’s faculty, curriculum, or special programs better prepare you for a career in medicine?
Perelman School of Medicine Essay #9 (Optional)
Do you identify as (please check all that apply):
Do you identify as (please check all that apply):
- Gender non-conforming
- Gender non-binary
Please let us know if you have a preferred name and/or preferred Gender Pronouns.
This question should be answered in a straight-forward fashion.
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Perelman School of Medicine 2018-19 Application Timeline
|October 15 (11:59pm EDT)||AMCAS applications due|
|November 15 (11:59pm EST)||Supplemental applications and other required materials (supplemental fee, MCAT score, letters of recommendation) due|
|March||Admission decisions released|
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***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. Want Jessica to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!