University of Pittsburgh Secondary Application

University of Pittsburgh Secondary Essay Prompts

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


  • Tell us about a challenging problem you faced and how you resolved it. Include how the experience contributed to the person you are today. (250 words)
  • At UPSOM, diversity and inclusion are measures of distinction, integral to achieving institutional excellence, and essential to the development of future physicians who become leaders in medicine. Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the past, and how you hope to grow that commitment in medical school. (250 words)
  • Please write about anything else you would like to add to your application, or anything you would like to emphasize to the Admissions Committee. (250 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 30th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Fee: $110
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission:

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine. We strive to implement this mission with the highest professional and ethical standards, in a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, and in an environment that enables all students, faculty, and staff to develop to their fullest potential.