WCMC has seven core values that they emphasize: Integrity, Mission Driven, Vision, Excellence, Customer Service, Accountability and Teamwork. In upholding these high standards, they are ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as #16 in Research and #58 for Best Primary Care. Students are taught in small groups with a focus on problem-based learning. Clinical experience is integrated in the first years of study. They have an impressive range of research opportunities and global health programs available. Given the structure of their curriculum, they will be looking for students with a sophisticated level of critical thinking skills.
Weill Cornell Medical College 2014 Essay Questions:
• Two short essays are required with a limit of 200 words.
• Applicants should use single line spacing and 12 point size font.
• Responses should be constructed strategically to highlight an applicant’s strengths.
The following essays are required in the Secondary Application:
Why Cornell? (200 words)
To provide the strongest response to this question, review the whole range of educational opportunities available at WCMC. The complete list of special M.D. programs they offer is listed on their website. Demonstrate how well you know their school and how much research you have done by establishing a clear understanding of what they offer that will most benefit you by helping you reach your career goals. Since space is limited, keep this essay focused and select only the most relevant and important reasons why you want to attend their medical school.
What is a challenge you faced and overcame? (200 words)
In selecting an experience to share, choose one in which you exercised a high level of agency and critical thinking skills to create a clearly successful outcome. This could be a personal or professional obstacle. Outline how and why the obstacle was so challenging and demonstrate why the choices you made, based on your thought process, allowed you to navigate the situation to create the best short and long term outcomes for you and anyone else involved.
AMCAS Application Due October 15, 2013
Notification of Acceptance Begins in Early March
School Begins Third Week of August 2014
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Alicia Nimonkar is 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.