Howard University Secondary Application

Howard University Secondary Essay Prompts

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These prompts are from the 2021 Application Cycle and are unchanged from the previous cycle.

Personal Background

All prompts have a 250-word limit.

  • After residency, do you plan to practice medicine in an underserved or disadvantaged community?
  • Have you worked (volunteer or paid employment) with medically underserved, economically disadvantaged and/or educationally disadvantaged populations?
  • Please provide below any additional information you believe is important in evaluating your application (e.g. additional coursework, problems with academic record; disadvantaged, etc.)

Employment and Education

Provide brief descriptions if you answer yes to any of the following questions.

  • I am now currently working or plan to work in Biomedical or Clinical Research?
  • Full or Part-Time in medicine or a medical-related field?
  • Full or part-time outside of medicine?
  • Volunteering/Community Service?
  • I am taking classes full or part-time or plan to enroll.

Course Requirements

  • Please explain any deviations/differences in your course of study (premed requirements) in this box. If you have not completed all HUCM course requirements, when do you plan on completing the requirements?

Primary Deadline: December 15, 2021
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $75
FAP Waiver: No
CASPer Required: Yes
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

Howard University College of Medicine Mission:

Howard University College of Medicine provides students of high academic potential with a medical education of exceptional quality and prepares physicians and other health care professionals to serve the underserved. Particular focus is on the education of disadvantaged students for careers in medicine. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and habits of life-long learning and producing world leaders in medicine. Special attention is directed to teaching and research activities that address health care disparities. 

The College also seeks to improve the health of Americans and the global community through public health training programs and initiatives. Our mission also includes the discovery of new knowledge through research. Lastly, the College supports the education and training of postgraduate physicians, other health care providers, and graduate students in the biomedical sciences.

Howard University College of Medicine Vision:

The goal of the Howard University College of Medicine is to enhance our global recognition as a medical school of the first rank, known for the excellence of our teaching, research and service. We will continue to be a world leader in the training of competent, compassionate physicians and other health professionals for medically underserved communities and populations. In addition, the College envisions that it will be an exemplar in eliminating health disparities and in finding solutions through research and public health programs for medical problems disproportionately found in disadvantaged communities, both in this nation and abroad.

Howard University College of Medicine Values:

  • Fidelity to our mission and strong and confident belief in our work
  • Excellence and integrity in all that we undertake–teaching, research, and service; 
  • Leadership in medical education and health care, especially for African Americans, other minorities, and the economically disadvantaged; 
  • Service to our community, the nation, and the world through public health programs, medical care, and health education;
  • The unrelenting pursuit of knowledge through research and life-long learning; and 
  • A commitment to cultural diversity among faculty, staff and students and to ensuring a respectful and ethical academic environment.