University of California, San Francisco Secondary Application

University of California, San Francisco Secondary Application

(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at

Prompts have been updated May 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)



  • If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below.
  • If you are 2022 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree.
  • Do you identify as being part of a marginalized group socioeconomically or in terms of access to quality education or healthcare? Please describe how this inequity has impacted you and your community. (350 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $80
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: No
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes Post Interview/Email

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Mission:

The UCSF School of Medicine strives to advance human health through a fourfold mission of education, research, patient care and public service.

Older Essays:

  • If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words)
  • If you are a 2018 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (400 words)

Prime-US (Optional):

  • Please describe your commitment to working with the urban underserved, highlighting experiences with underserved communities and community-based work. Be sure to mention any leadership and/or team-member roles you’ve played. (500 words)
  • PRIME-US requires a commitment above and beyond the regular medical school curriculum. You will be expected to spend time participating in small group activities and engaging with underserved communities in the Bay Area. Please answer the following questions: How will you balance PRIME-US with your academic responsibilities and personal life? (250 words)
  • What will you bring to PRIME-US? (250 words)
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  • What do you hope to get out of PRIME-US? (250 words)

Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)

  • This should be a true autobiographical statement. Topics to be included are family, childhood, primary and secondary school years, undergraduate years, and, if applicable, what you’ve done since completing your bachelor’s degree. You should also discuss the motivational factors which led you to a career in medicine, including any disadvantages or obstacles which might put your accomplishments into context. A repeat of your AMCAS statement will not be acceptable. (6000 char) | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays
  • Please select from one of career pathways listed below. In addition to this selection, please provide a brief description of your future career goals. (400 char) | How to Answer Secondary Prompts About Specialties | How To Answer Secondary Prompts About The FutureAcademic Medicine (Working as a faculty member at a School of Medicine either as a clinician, a clinician-educator, or a clinician investigator. This could be in any field of medicine)
    Primary Care and/or work in underserved communities (Working as a general internist, a pediatrician, or a family medicine physician and/or spending the majority of your time working in a community currently underserved by the medical profession)
    Public Health, administrative leadership in medicine (Pursuing an MPH and/or working for a public health department or organization; working in health care policy; working as a hospital administrator)
    Specialist in private practice (Working in a private practice or managed care setting as a subspecialist. Examples include cardiologist, infectious disease specialist, obstetrician, orthopedic surgeon, general surgeon, anaesthesiologist, radiologist)
  • Please describe your interest in the PRIME-HEq program. Topics to include are longitudinal experiences that you’ve had with underserved communities, including the type of community that you’ve worked with and your level of involvement. Additionally, you should discuss the length of time that you’ve spent working in these communities. (4800 char)
  • Please describe your interest in Global Health. The term Global Health can have many meanings; for our purposes, we find the definition provided by Koplan et. al. in their 2009 Lancet publication useful: “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide”. In your essay, be sure to describe any personal or professional experiences that have shaped your interests, and how Global Health issues have influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine. (4800 char)
  • Please describe your interest in the MAS-Clinical Research program. Topics to include are your previous experience with clinical and/or translational research, your role within the research group, and what you envision for a career that includes clinical and/or translational research. A letter of recommendation from the individual supervising your previous experience is helpful but not required.
  • Have you been convicted of any criminal offense (excluding speeding and non-moving traffic offenses)? (500 char)
  • Option to add additional MMEs among activities you started after applying. (100 char/MME)
University of California, San Francsico Secondary Application