Burrell College at New Mexico State University Secondary Application

Burrell College at New Mexico State University Secondary Essay Prompts

(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at updatesecondaries.com)

Prompts have been updated April 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • What draws you to the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine? If admitted, what do you see yourself becoming involved in?
  • If you could strengthen one area of your application, what would it be? What have you done, or what do you plan to do, to address it and improve going forward?

Primary Deadline: March 31, 2021
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $80
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: No
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates:

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University Mission:

Para la gente y el futuro: For the people and the future, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University (BCOM) is dedicated to improving the health of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico through culturally humble undergraduate, graduate and continuing osteopathic medical education, research and clinical service to the community.

BCOM is focused on increasing diversity in the physician workforce and fostering a practice of life-long learning, compassion, respect and excellence in its students.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University Vision:

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will be regionally and nationally recognized for significantly impacting physician workforce needs of the Southwest and access to quality medical services. BCOM will be a leader in increasing workforce diversity, particularly among Native American and Hispanic populations.

Older Essays:

Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)

  • Why do you think BCOM is the place for you and what qualities do you feel you would bring to BCOM that would help develop and foster the climate of our school? | How to Answer Secondary Prompts about “Why Us” | How to Answer “Why Should We Accept You?” in Your Secondaries 
  • Tell us about a time you were under a lot of pressure. What was going on, and how did you get through it? | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays | How to Write About Red Flags in Your Secondary Essays
  • Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours. What were the challenges you encountered, and what did you learn from the situation.
  • Answer one of the following questions:
    – Discuss a time in which you failed at something other than an academic experience and how you responded to that failure. Reflecting back, would you change how you initially responded? Do you feel like you learned anything from the experience?
    – What does advocacy mean to you? Describe a situation in which you chose to advocate for someone different from yourself. How do you see this linked to your role as a physician and what risks, if any, do you feel might be associated with your choice to be an advocate?
  • The following question is optional and will not impact your admissions decision.
    You may provide us with a video of no more than 2 minutes duration that will help us understand you better. To submit the video you created, please paste into the box below a valid YouTube video URL. The video will need to be marked Public or Public Not Listed. Alternatively, you may submit a physical exhibit (art piece, music, sculpture, etc.) to the BCOM Office of Admissions. Note that all material submitted is the property of BCOM and will not be returned.