University of Utah Secondary Application

University of Utah Secondary Essay Prompts

(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at

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


  • Tell us why you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. How does our program align with your personal and professional goals? What can you contribute to our exceptional learning experience? (300 words)
  • Describe how health disparities have impacted you, your community, and/or the communities you have served. What lessons have you learned and how do you plan to use this knowledge to address health equity as a medical student at our program and as a future physician? (300 words)
  • (For reapplicants) “Upon reflection and self-assessment, please share with us your areas of demonstrated growth since your previous application. Please highlight examples of your continued commitment to medicine.” (300 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Deadline:
30 days from the date inviting you to complete secondary materials
Secondary Fee: $110
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: Yes
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: No

University of Utah School of Medicine Mission:

The University of Utah School of Medicine Office of Admissions serves the State of Utah, our medical school and the healthcare profession by admitting well qualified and prepared medical students. Through a holistic culture based on valuing teamwork, professionalism, compassion, and communication, we strive to select a diverse and innovative class who exemplify dedication, service to their community and patients, leadership, research skill, and academic excellence.

University of Utah School of Medicine Vision:

The University of Utah School of Medicine Office of Admission will inspire and transform the application process through quality, education, and innovation to serve the state of Utah and beyond.

Older Essays:


  • In 2019 the UUSOM began a strategic transformation process to emphasize community, relationships, and professionalism in the learning culture. How does our program align with your career goals? How will you contribute to this learning culture? (150 words)
  • The School of Medicine aims to create a culture of inclusion and anti-racism in health education and healthcare delivery. How have you promoted or advocated for health equity in your experiences? How do you envision contributing to the UUSOM and the communities we serve? (150 words)
  • Reflecting on the past few years of the pandemic, what has the impact of COVID-19 been on you and/or your community? What lessons have you learned about yourself? (150 words)

Only required to students applying to the RUUTE scholar program.

  • According to your experiences, what does rural and underserved mean to you? (500 words)
  • How would participation in RUUTE help you fulfill your career aspirations? (150 words)
  • Why do you believe this program will be a good fit for you? (150 words)

Only required for students applying to the Population Health Program.

  • Please share your interest in the Population Health Program
  • What are your career interests and future professional goals?
  • Please describe how you have demonstrated commitment to Population Health concepts during your academic and professional experiences
  • What does Population Health mean to you and how do you plan on implementing it into your future education and professional career?