University of Pittsburgh 2021-2022 secondary application essay questions
UPSOM places special emphasis on their collaborative problem-based curriculum and the fact that their medical students begin interacting with patients in their first year of medical school. Providing the best care to patients through research, education, leadership and diversity is central to their mission. In your own background, how can you demonstrate your commitment to service? Have you experienced the patient side of medicine yourself or through family members? How have these unique life experiences and the communities you have served contributed to your unique development and identity?
Pitt Med secondary essay #1
Tell us about a challenging problem you faced and how you resolved it. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
Given UPSOM’s focus on one-on-one patient interactions, use an experience in which you were able to resolve a professional conflict. Emphasize the role that you played in finding a solution and the skills you employed to identify and implement a positive outcome that was mutually beneficial for all parties involved. I recommend using an issue that has a clear positive resolution and one that is not personal in nature.
Pitt Med secondary essay #2
UPSOM is committed to building a diverse and talented community that will train physicians in delivering culturally competent, person-centered care, and promoting a supportive, collaborative learning environment. To achieve this, we want our fellow students to recognize health disparities and advocate for health equity. We are interested in combating all forms of systemic barriers, and would like to hear your thoughts on opposing specifically: systemic racism, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, and misogyny. How will you contribute? (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
This prompt replaces a broader prompt about diversity. This prompt is quite specific. Racism, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination and misogyny can all be systemic: a self-reinforcing, discriminatory component built into an institution’s structure, policy, procedures, or organizational heirarchy, whether intentionally or unintentionally. How do you view your role in combating this problem? Have you advocated for someone who was the subject of discrimination? What did you do? What can be done to create inclusive, culturally competent healthcare? Some workplaces, including hospitals and universities, have begun hiring Diversity and Inclusion Officers to precisely assess and change how things get done and how people are hired, creating action steps that dismantle systemic discriminatory processes, establishing new, equitable priorities when hiring and promoting people. Where do you fit in with these values? What can someone expect from you?
Pitt Med secondary essay #3
Please write about anything else you would like to add to your application, or anything you would like to emphasize to the Admissions Committee. (Limit your response to 250 words or less.)
Applicants may write about a hardship they encountered, if it is not addressed in another part of the application. Some applicants might explain a circumstance associated with an aberrant grade on a transcript, without blame, without complaining. Other applicants may write about a job opportunity or volunteer commitment that arose since submitting their AMCAS application. You may even respond with a positive situation. Perhaps explain some aspect of your talent that is not represented in the primary application: will you judge a 4H competition, ride a bull, officiate at a wedding, play in a summer orchestra, run a marathon, have paintings displayed at a gallery opening, publish a short story, travel to provide humanitarian relief?
Applying to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine? Here are some stats:
UPSOM average MCAT score: 516
UPSOM average GPA: 3.80
UPSOM acceptance rate: 4.6%
U.S. News ranks UPSOM #13 for research and #34 for primary care.
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UPitt School of Medicine application timeline 2021 – 2022
|AMCAS deadline||October 15th|
|Supplemental application deadline||November 15th|
***Disclaimer: Information is subject to change. Please check with individual programs to verify the essay questions, instructions and deadlines.***
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