Rush Medical College Secondary Application

Rush Medical College 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 1,000 character limit.


  • Describe personal attributes you possess or life experiences you have had that will enable you to better understand patients with a culture different from your own. Please include your self-reflection on how this experience has changed your insights, beliefs, and/or values. (1000 characters)
  • Describe a challenging situation in which you did not agree with a directive/rule and how you handled this. (1000 characters)
  • Reflect on a time in which you personally gained more from an experience than what was expected. (1000 characters)
  • What do you hope to gain from your Rush Medical College experience that will make you a better/different physician? (1000 characters) | How to Answer Secondary Prompts about “Why Us”
  • Were you employed during the time you were enrolled in your undergraduate studies? (if so, selection of hours per week, and for how long)
  • Have you ever been involved in an institutional action related to academic dishonesty/integrity? Been convicted of a crime, or pleaded guilty and been placed on probation, court supervision or another reconviction program for an incident other than a minor traffic ticket?

Primary Deadline: October 1, 2021
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: No
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes Waitlisted Applicants/Email

Rush Medical College at Rush University Mission:

Through a supportive and dynamic learning community, Rush Medical College nurtures the development of empathic, proficient physicians dedicated to continuous learning, innovation, and excellence in clinical practice, education, research and service.

Rush Medical College at Rush University Vision:

Rush Medical College will be the global leader in student-centered, future-oriented medical education.

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