Ohio University Heritage Secondary Application

Ohio University Heritage Secondary Essay Prompts

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

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


  • Describe a situation where you chose to advocate for someone who is different from yourself. What does advocacy mean to you and how has your advocacy developed? How do you see it linked to your role as a physician/leader? What risks, if any, might be associated with your choice to be an advocate? (500 words max)
  • Answer ONE of the following three questions in the form of a short essay, 250 words maximum:
    • Describe the community in which you were nurtured or spent the majority of your early development with respect to its demographics. What core values did you receive and how will these translate into the contributions you hope to make to your community as a medical student and later as a physician?
    • There are multiple paths that lead to medical school and many obstacles along the way. Please describe the unique path that has led you to medicine as well as any obstacle or adversity that you had to overcome in achieving this goal. How will this experience affect your career as a physician? | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays
    • Part of OU-HCOM’s mission is to embrace diversity and public service and improve the health and wellbeing of underserved populations. Describe what that means to you and how you would contribute to that mission as a student and as a future physician. | How to Write About How You Fit a Medical School’s Mission | How to Write About Diversity 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: $60
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: No
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates:

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Mission:

We pride ourselves on our strong focus on our mission: training osteopathic primary care physicians to serve Ohio.

Our medical school educates physicians committed to practice in Ohio, emphasizes primary care, engages in focused research, and embraces both Appalachian and urban communities. Integral to this mission, our college community commits itself to: provide a clinically integrated, learning-centered, osteopathic medical education continuum for students, interns, residents and primary care associates; embrace diversity and public service; and improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Vision:

The Heritage College is recognized as the national leader in training osteopathic primary care physicians and the number one producer of primary care physicians in the country.

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Values:

  • Wholeness and balance within each person
  • Integrity
  • Community of mutual respect
  • Acceptance of others and embracing diversity
  • Pursuit of excellence
  • A climate of scholarship
  • Commitment to service, generosity and compassion.