Donald and Barbara Zucker Secondary Application

Donald and Barbara Zucker Secondary Essay Prompts

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These prompts are from the 2021 Application Cycle. (Older essays, if available are below)

All prompts have a 1,500 character limit.


  • Has any member of your family ever been employed by or on staff at either Hofstra University or any entity of the Northwell Health System? If yes, please explain.
  • If you are currently not a matriculated student, please indicate what you have been doing since the time of graduation until now. (1500 char)
  • If your undergraduate education was interrupted for any reason and you were not enrolled in classes, please indicate the reasons, the duration of the interruption, and how you spent your time. This does not include time between programs post-graduation. (1500 char) | How to Discuss Breaks in Your Education in Secondary Essays
  •  Have you ever been subject to any investigations, actions, or convictions (either institutional or legal)?
  • Please use this space to describe any challenge or obstacle you have faced prior to your application to medical school and how you addressed that challenge. (1500 char) | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays

Primary Deadline: November 1, 2021
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
VITA Required: Yes
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Mission:

The School of Medicine, in a culture of community, scholarship and innovation, is dedicated to inspiring diverse, promising students to lead and transform medicine for the betterment of humanity.

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Vision:

The School of Medicine aims to establish itself as a revered institution of higher medical education by means of accomplishing the following visionary objectives:

  • To be a premier “Millennial Medical School”
  • To be a major contributor to the redefining of medical education
  • To have positively changed the University, Northwell Health and the community
  • To have improved the health of the region

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Values:

  • Community
  • Scholarship
  • Innovation
  • Learning
  • Humanism
  • Diversity
  • Professionalism
  • Patient Centeredness
  • Reflection 
  • Vision

Older Essays:

Donald and Barbara Zucker Secondary Application