David Geffen (UCLA) School of Medicine Secondary Application

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Secondary Essay Prompts

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

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



  • At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, students are provided with curriculum and experiences enabling them to become an “Outstanding Physician, AND…,” dedicating themselves to important societal missions. What missions do you want to embrace? What have you done toward your missions? (800 characters)
  • Respond to the following and indicate how these areas of experience have impacted your progress toward your future career goals in relation to becoming an “Outstanding Physician, AND…”. A-Describe your most unique leadership, entrepreneurial, or creative activity. (800 characters)
  • B-Describe your most important volunteer work and why it was meaningful. (800 characters)
  • C-Describe your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities) and provide the total number of hours, dates and advisor. (800 characters)
  • Describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your pathway to medical school. Include any academic, personal, financial or professional barriers, as well as other relevant information. (800 characters)
  • Did you experience or are you anticipating time between graduating from college and matriculating into medical school? If yes; Describe the activities in which you participated or are planning to participate. Examples include additional schooling, employment, or caring for a loved one. (800 characters)


  • Do you identify as being part of a group that has been marginalized (examples include, but are not limited to, LGBTQIA, disabilities, federally recognized tribe) in terms of access to education or healthcare? If yes; Describe how this inequity has impacted you or your community and how educational disparity, health disparity and/or marginalization has impacted you and your community. (800 Words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 15th
Secondary Deadline:
2 weeks after interview invitation
Secondary Fee: $95
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waiver
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: Yes
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: No

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Mission:

To improve health and healthcare, UCLA will:

  • Create world leaders in health and science
  • Discover the basis for health and cures for disease
  • Optimize health through community partnerships
  • Heal humankind one patient at a time

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Values:

  • Excellence and Integrity
  • Discovery and Innovation
  • Service and Respect
  • Teamwork and Compassion
David Geffen School of Medicine Secondary Application