Weill Cornell Medical College 2020-21 secondary application essay questions
Weill Cornell Medical College’s Dean explains their mission with three key words: care, discover and teach.
Here are the prompts (all have a 1500 character limit).
WCMC essay #1
Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College.
First, know WCMC’s mission and values. Know their plans for the future. When writing your reasons for applying to WCMC, be sure to explain your fit to their mission and vision. They see health care as a global enterprise that embraces diversity and social justice.
In addition to “care, discover and teach” as key goals for their medical college, WCMC also values research as the pathway for “discovery.” The future of research will include innovation facilitated by interdisciplinary collaboration. For instance, research partnered with technology could move a research discovery out of the lab and directly to patient care. WCMC prides themselves on getting research discoveries to the bedside quickly. If you are entrepreneurial, this is where you could explain in just what way your entrepreneurial interests contribute to the future of medicine.
WCMC essay #2
Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it.
This secondary prompt is a common one. Since medicine is rife with challenges, WCMC is looking to see how you resolve a challenge or conflict. This is a leadership skill. Do you see a challenge as an opportunity? Do you see a challenge as a moment for growth? Tell them about one of these challenges. Only one. Whether you rose to the challenge out of necessity or due to a surprising circumstance, show how and why you rose to it. Be sure to explain the outcome. Strong leaders reflect on their decisions and actions. Be mindful of your tone for this prompt. Avoid pity. Avoid self-flattery. Stay level-headed.
WCMC essay #3 (optional)
If applicable, please tell us about any special circumstances related to COVID-19 that could help us understand you better.
An applicant should answer this prompt only if there’s a real situation, personally, academically or professionally, that arose due to COVID-19. If you do have a story that speaks toward “special circumstances related to COVID-19,” conclude reflectively, conclude with a realization of growth, or conclude with a new passion, opportunity or interest that presented itself because of COVID-19.
WCMC essay #4 (optional)
If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2020-2021) academic year, what are your plans?
It is in your best interest to answer this question if you have a gap year. It’s critical to demonstrate engagement with healthcare and medicine during this time. You could work for pay in a related medical arena, shadow, volunteer, join a relief organization, earn an EMT license or attend graduate school – or several of these. Most applicants who have a gap year load this time with relevant work in healthcare. Conclude with “the value” of these experiences. Since we are in the midst of a pandemic, any and all activity to assist in this pandemic in your gap year should be represented in your application. If you haven’t included this information in your activities, be sure to explain involvement in COVID-19 efforts here.
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Weill Cornell Medicine 2020-21 application timeline
|Deadline for AMCAS application||October 15, 2020|
|Deadline for secondary application and all additional application materials||November 16, 2020|
Source: Weill Cornell Medicine website
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