University of Iowa Carver Secondary Application

University of Iowa Carver Secondary Essay Prompts

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



  • We understand you may be applying to multiple medical schools. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Carver College of Medicine. (1500 characters)
  • Describe any unique personal characteristics or obstacles you may have overcome that will influence your contribution to a diverse healthcare system. (1500 characters)
  • Please list and briefly describe all medically related experiences (paid/volunteer) you have completed during the past 5 years. Do NOT forecast future hours. Please include experiences listed on your AMCAS and also provide any additional experiences NOT listed on your AMCAS. (Up to 15 entries and 175 characters per description) (175 characters)

Required only for reapplicants to CCOM:

  • If you are a reapplicant to the Carver College of Medicine, how have you strengthened your application? (1500 characters)

Required for current postbac students or applicants who are not in school at the time of applying:

  • If you are not currently in a degree-seeking program, please indicate what you will be doing from the time you complete this secondary application to the start of medical school. (1500 characters)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $60
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes Academic Updates/Portal

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Mission:

The Carver College of Medicine has three inextricably linked missions: education, research, and service. The college aspires to be responsive to the needs of society through the excellence of its educational programs in the health professions and biomedical sciences, by the outstanding quality of its research, and through the provision of innovative and comprehensive health care and other services.