Virginia Tech Carilion Secondary Application

Virginia Tech Carilion Secondary Essay Prompts

(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at

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

All prompts have a 600-word limit. 


  • From the following list of human qualities, choose the ONE you think is most important and explain your choice: intelligence, honor, humility, perseverance, optimism.
  • What advice would you give someone your age but from a different culture who is new to our country?
  • What do you think your chances of being accepted into medical school are this year? Please explain your answer.
  • Please describe something you deserved but didn’t get and how you felt about it.

Primary Deadline: December 1, 2021
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $70
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: No
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Portal

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Mission:

To develop physician thought leaders through inquiry, research and discovery, using an innovative curriculum based upon adult learning methods in a patient-centered context. Our graduates are physicians with outstanding clinical skills and significantly enhanced research capabilities who will remain life-long learners. They have an understanding of the importance of interprofessionalism to enable them to more effectively function as part of a modern healthcare team.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Vision:

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will be the first choice of a diverse class of medical students who are seeking an educational experience grounded in inquiry, research, and discovery, set in a learning environment of interprofessionalism, and cultural competency.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Values:

  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine values human diversity because it enriches our lives and the School. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity. As caregivers and educators, we value the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning, based on mutual respect and understanding.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine values the concept of patient-centered care, manifested in physicians who are receptive and expressive communicators, developing patient plans grounded in evidence-based medicine with an emphasis on safety, quality, professionalism, and cultural competency.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine values the science of medicine and its application to the resolution of clinical problems, and the development of self-instruction skills that keep physicians informed regarding developments in medical sciences.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine values continuous improvement of quality in its broad application to clinical care and to the development of new knowledge.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine values communication, interpersonal skills, and interprofessionalism to make the healthcare system better for patients and all healthcare professionals.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine values community service by providing service learning opportunities, encouraging students to see themselves as having the responsibility to improve the world around them.

Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)

  • Tell us about constructive criticism you have received, or a personal challenge you have experienced, that you found particularly impactful. Please describe how that experience has advanced your development as a future physician thought leader. | How to Write About Your Obstacles, Challenges, and Problems in your Secondary Essays
  • Explain how interactions with people who are different from you have shaped your worldview and relate how you would enrich the VTC community.
  • What, in your opinion, makes VTC different, and why is that important to you?
  • Optional essay as an application update.