Wake Forest Secondary Application

Wake Forest Secondary Essay Prompts

(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at updatesecondaries.com)

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



  • We seek to train physicians who can connect with diverse patient populations with whom they may not share a similar background. Tell us one experience that enhanced your ability to understand those unlike yourself and what you learned from it. (200 words)
  • Describe a non-academic challenge you have faced and explain how you overcame it. (200 words)
  • From your list of “most meaningful experiences” on the AMCAS application, choose one that has been the most formative in terms of your desire for a career in medicine. Why did that experience have such meaning for you in your decision-making process? (200 words)
  • Tell us about any specific reason(s) (personal, educational, etc.) why you see yourself here at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. (150 words)
  • Please tell us an interesting fact about yourself that a casual acquaintance may find surprising or interesting. (50 words)
  • If you have received a C+ grade or lower in any coursework, please explain. (200 words)


  • If there is anything specific that you would like for us to know regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you and your application you may do so here. (200 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Nov 30th
Secondary Fee: $130
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: Yes
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes

Wake Forest School of Medicine Mission:

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s mission is to improve the health of our region, state and nation by:

  • Generating and translating knowledge to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
  • Training leaders in health care and biomedical science.
  • Serving as the premier health system in our region, with specific centers of excellence recognized as national and international care destinations.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Vision:

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a preeminent, internationally recognized academic medical center of the highest quality with balanced excellence in patient care, research and education.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Values:

  • Excellence – demonstrate the highest standards of patient-centered care, education, research and operational effectiveness
  • Compassion – responsive to the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of all
  • Service – cultivate selfless contribution for the greater good
  • Integrity – demonstrate fairness, honesty, sincerity and accountability
  • Diversity – honor individuality and protect the dignity of all
  • Collegiality – foster mutual respect, facilitate professional growth and mentorship, and reward teamwork and collaboration
  • Innovation – promote creativity to enhance discovery and the application of knowledge