West Virginia University Secondary Application

West Virginia University 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)


  • Why do you want to attend the WVU SOM? (150 words)
  • Describe one of your experiences that will provide evidence to the Committee on Admissions that you will be able to contribute to the culture of collaboration at the WVU SOM. (150 words)
  • Describe a time when you worked closely and successfully with another person who had a background different from your own. (150 words)
  • Name a medical condition that is particularly prevalent in West Virginia. Describe one experience in which you cared for a patient with that specific medical condition. If you did not have the opportunity to care for an affected patient directly, please share a relevant shadowing, leadership/educational, research or service experience. (150 words)
  • Which one of the AAMC Interpersonal or Intrapersonal Core Competencies is your strongest, and why? How will this competency enhance your ability to be an outstanding physician? (150 words)
  • What is your life motto, and why? (150 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 1st
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: Optional
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes

West Virginia University School of Medicine Mission:

The West Virginia University School of Medicine is a connected community of students, teachers, staff, practitioners and researchers who value health and wellness. We support a culture of purpose, accountability, honesty and gratitude that prepares our learners to be resilient and confident as they care for people, conduct research and transform lives.

Older Essays:

  • Why did you choose to apply to West Virginia University School of Medicine?
    How to Answer Secondary Prompts about “Why Us”
  • Choose 4 of the following:
    • Tell us one unique fact about yourself
    • Every accepted student to the Class of 2023 will bring varied experiences to enhance the learning environment. If accepted, what can you teach your classmates; and in turn, what are you hoping to learn from them?
    • Advocacy in medicine can come in many forms. Please describe a situation when you advocated for someone else.
    • Name a character to whom you can relate from any book and tell us why
    • While shadowing physicians, you have likely witnessed excellent role models. In some instances, you may have witnessed a negative doctor-patient encounter. If you have witnessed a negative encounter, please describe how you would have handled the situation differently if you were the physician.
    • Students are a crucial part of the medical team, and often students bring innovative ideas to challenging situations. Please provide a creative solution to a major health issue in West Virginia.
      How To Answer Secondary Prompts About Current Challenges in Health Care