Kaiser Permanente Secondary Application

Kaiser Permanente  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)



  • During your career as a physician, you will potentially encounter obstacles, and be required to overcome challenges. Please describe your experience with a situation that had an unfavorable outcome, including your reaction, how you might have responded differently, and what you learned about yourself. (250 Words)
  • Kaiser Permanente is committed to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity for all. How will you contribute to the diversity of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine? (250 Words)
  • Lifelong learning is an essential process for continued professional development. This includes reflection and being open and responsive to constructive feedback. Please tell us about an area of intellectual exploration you’re passionate about, and your approach to exploring this area. (250 Words)


  • Please describe how you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 1st
Secondary Deadline:
Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Fee: $50
FAP Waiver: Yes
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates: Only after invitation to interview has been extended.

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Mission:

To provide a world-class medical education that ignites a passion for learning, a desire to serve, and an unwavering commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities.

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Vision:

Our graduates will be a diverse community of compassionate healers, lifelong learners, and courageous leaders of change within the profession and in society. They will have the skills, capabilities, and resilience to lead the transformation of healthcare delivery in the nation, and a lifelong commitment to the highest values of the profession.

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Values:

  • Teaching the delivery of person-centered, evidence-informed healthcare in true partnerships with patients
  • Assuring accountability for the quality, safety, and appropriateness of care, and the ethical stewardship of patients’ and families’ health and resources
  • Achieving health equity for all and the elimination of health disparities wherever they exist
  • Promoting inclusiveness and diversity in the health professions
  • Developing courageous leaders who challenge the status quo with inquiry and innovation
  • Advocating for change in medical education, the profession, and the healthcare system
  • Creating and promulgating new knowledge in service to patients and communities
  • Establishing a learning environment that supports the health, well-being, and resilience of our graduates and enables them to serve as exemplars for patients and the profession
Kaiser Permanente Secondary Application