Michigan State University (DO) Secondary Application

Michigan State University (DO) 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)



  • The MSUCOM curriculum stresses the importance of intrapersonal competencies, including personal responsibility and adaptability. Please tell us a time when you were faced with a challenge in these areas and how that challenge impacted your professional growth. (300 words)
  • What does professionalism mean to you as a future physician? (300 words)
  • You may provide additional information, not stated elsewhere, you feel may help the Admissions Committee gain a better understanding of your candidacy. This may include major life achievements or explanations of academic or non-academic discrepancies on your application. You may also include interests or work experiences (500 words)

Only required for reapplicants.

  • What has changed since your last application? 500 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Dec 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Feb 1st
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: Yes
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates:

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Mission:

Preparing physicians in the science of medicine, the art of caring and the power
of touch with a world view open to all people.

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Vision:

To provide world class osteopathic medical education, student service, and
research to foster community engagement and patient-centered medical care.


Older Essays:

  • What steps have you taken or what activities have you engaged in to learn about the DO profession? (300 words)
  • Tell us about a time when you received difficult feedback and how you responded. (300 words)
  • What have you done to work with others different from yourself? What have you learned from these experiences? (300 words)