University of Michigan Secondary Application

University of Michigan Secondary Essay Prompts

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


  • Comment on how you hope to impact medicine in the future. If examples are needed, feel free to refer to our seven Paths of Excellence. (1500 characters)

    OR, if applying to the Medical Scientist Training Program:
    Describe why you are applying to the University of Michigan MSTP. If you are interested in a specific department, program, or area of research for your Ph.D., please provide a brief explanation. We recognize that your interests may change.

  • Please respond to only one of the following two prompts. (2500 characters)
    Describe your identity and how it has impacted the development of your values and attitudes toward individuals different from yourself and how this will impact your interactions with future colleagues and patients.
    If you recognize and/or represent a voice that is missing, underrepresented, or undervalued in medicine, please describe the missing voice(s) and how increased representation in medicine could impact the medical community.
  • How was your journey to medical school affected by the COVID pandemic? Please feel free to describe any positive or negative aspects. (2500 characters)
  • Outside of medicine, and beyond what we can read in your application, please tell us what you’re curious about, or what you’re passionate about, or what brings you joy – and why. Some examples include listening to historical novels, exploring national parks, woodworking, baking cupcakes, podcasting, knitting, playing pickleball, filmmaking, making music, etc. (1500 characters)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Fee: $85
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Portal

University of Michigan Medical School Mission:

To transform health through bold and innovatiove education, discovery, and service.