University of Washington Secondary Application

University of Washington Secondary Essay Prompts

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These prompts are from the 2021 Application Cycle and are unchanged from the previous cycle.

All prompts have a 250-word limit. 


  • Autobiographical Statement Addendum
    • Your AMCAS personal statement and experiences are already on file with our office.
      If your primary AMCAS application hasn’t discussed the origin and development of your motivation to be a physician including insights you’ve gained from exploring a career in medicine, and how your personal attributes would make you a good physician, please discuss those here. If you’ve already written about these items, don’t repeat what you wrote. Instead, use this autobiographical statement addendum to let us know more about who you are in addition to being someone who wants to be a physician. This is another opportunity for you to express what you want the Admissions Committee to know about you.
  • How have societal inequities in the U.S. affected you or patients you’ve worked with?
  • How have your experiences prepared you to be a physician?
  • What perspectives or experiences do you bring that would enrich the class?
  • What obstacles have you experienced and how have you overcome them? | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays

Primary Deadline: October 15, 2021
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $35
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: No

University of Washington School of Medicine Mission:

The University of Washington School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the general health and well-being of the public. In pursuit of its goals, the School is committed to excellence in biomedical education, research and healthcare. The School is also dedicated to ethical conduct in all activities. As the pre-eminent academic medical center in our region and as a national leader in biomedical research, we place special emphasis on educating and training physicians, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to three distinct goals:​

  • Meeting the healthcare needs of our region, especially by recognizing the importance of primary care and providing service to underserved populations
  • Advancing knowledge
  • Assuming leadership in the biomedical sciences and in academic medicine

The School works with public and private agencies to improve healthcare and advance knowledge in medicine and related fields of inquiry. It acknowledges a special responsibility to the people in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, who have joined with it in a unique regional partnership. The School is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community of faculty, staff, fellows, residents and students and to assuring that access to education and training is open to learners from all segments of society, acknowledging a particular responsibility to the diverse populations within our region.

University of Washington School of Medicine Values:

The School values diversity and inclusion and is committed to building and sustaining an academic community in which teachers, researchers and learners achieve the knowledge, skills and attitudes that value and embrace inclusiveness, equity and awareness as a way to unleash creativity and innovation. ​​​