University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine Secondary Application

University of Texas Medical Branch Secondary Essay Prompts

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


Choose 3 of the 7 prompts to respond to.

  • 1. Describe a situation where you have sought to enrich and/or improve the life of another individual. (300 words)
  • 2. Describe a time you navigated a challenging circumstance. How will this experience help you succeed in medical school or as a physician? (300 words)
  • 3. John Sealy School of Medicine values inclusion and advocacy. Describe a time when you advocated for someone whose social identity (e.g., race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, ability status, etc.) differed from yours. Explain the situation and why advocacy was necessary. (300 words)
  • 4. Describe a time you were wrong. Why were you wrong? How did you respond? (300 words)
  • 5. How do you define curiosity? Provide an example in which curiosity helped solve or expand your knowledge and experience outside of the academic environment. (300 words)
  • 6. What attributes do you look for in your physician(s)? Which of these attributes do you need to develop? How will you develop them? (300 words)
  • 7. John Sealy School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch serves patients throughout Texas, focusing on Galveston County and the Gulf Coast Region. Are there particular characteristics of our school and/or the Galveston area in terms of location, history, or other attributes which make you especially interested in matriculating here? (300 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 30th
Secondary Deadline: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Fee
: $70
FAP Waiver: No
Casper Required: Yes
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine Mission:

UTMB will strive to create tomorrow’s medicine today by discovery and application of new knowledge, and by inspiring lifelong learning and clinical excellence. We will accomplish this mission through innovative leadership and a steadfast commitment to scholarship and service excellence by:

  • Educating and inspiring skilled physicians and scientists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and reflect the diversity of the people whom we serve.
  • Enhancing the well-being of our global community by expanding the frontiers of our basic and applied scientific knowledge and its translation from the bench to the bedside.
  • Improving the health of all individuals by providing outstanding evidence-based, compassionate, culturally fluent patient care, which recognizes the utmost importance of human interest, values and dignity.
  • Sharing our talents to form partnerships with others–individuals, communities, governments, foundations, schools/universities and industries–in the service of our community, our state and the world.

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine Vision:

Our vision is to achieve international recognition as one of the “BESST”* medical schools in the United States.

* “Building Excellent Scholarship and Service Together”