Western University of Health Sciences Secondary Essay Prompts
(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at updatesecondaries.com)
Prompts have been updated May 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)
All prompts have a 500-word limit.
- What experience observing a DO solidified your desire/ambition to become an osteopathic physician? (This could be a formal shadowing experience (one-on-one with a physician), scribing, observing your own physician, friend, or family member who is a DO).
- If you have not had the opportunity to shadow/observe a DO why is it important to you to become an osteopathic physician?
- If you have not had an opportunity shadow/observe a physician, please explain the extenuating circumstances that prevented you from doing so.
- Are you providing a letter of recommendation from a physician? (Yes/No)
- What was your most memorable community service activity and how did your activity benefit the community?
- How does the COMP Mission statement align with your values?
- Why do you want to attend COMP?
- What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and why are they important?
Have you participated in research? (yes/no)
If yes, briefly describe your role and what skills you gained from participation in the research.
Please provide us with the link to the publication or abstract if possible.Did you contribute to the published work as an author/coauthor? (yes/no)
- Briefly discuss any extenuating circumstances which you feel are pertinent to your application (poor grades, course withdrawals, lapse in your education, etc.).
Are you a transfer applicant? (yes/no)
Primary Deadline: Usually Around Feb 1st
Secondary Deadline: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $65
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
CASPer Required: Yes
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Portal
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Mission:
The Mission of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) is to prepare students to become technically competent, culturally sensitive, professional and compassionate physicians who are prepared for graduate medical education, who are lifelong learners, and who will serve society by providing comprehensive, patient centered healthcare with the distinctive osteopathic philosophy. This is accomplished through excellence in curriculum, translational research, service, osteopathic clinical practice and the enhancement of osteopathic graduate medical education.
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Vision:
Each class creates their own vision statement.
Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)
- While shadowing a physician, what did the experience do to solidify your desire/ambition to become an osteopathic physician?
- What was your most memorable community service activity and how did it impact you?
- What is your specific interest in the osteopathic medicine program at COMP Pomona Campus? | How to Answer Secondary Prompts Specific To Osteopathy
- Describe why you see yourself as a great “fit” for our school. | How to Answer “Why Should We Accept You?” in Your Secondaries
- Is there anything in your application that you would like to explain to the admissions committee?