2020-2021 Secondary Application Questions
Given the disruptions and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to the current application cycle, we would like to provide our applicants with the essay prompts for this year’s CWRU secondary application. Secondary application invitations are emailed to all CWRU applicants with a verified AMCAS application. Two common essay prompts are required of all applicants and then each of our separate programs (University Program, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM), and the Medical Scientist Training Program) has essays relevant to each. Applicants are able to select which program(s) they would like to apply to within the secondary application, and this selection will then dictate which essay prompts are displayed. We hope that this early availability will alleviate some of the stress that may be associated with these uncertain times of COVID-19, and will allow our applicants more time to craft their essay responses while waiting for other processes, such as AMCAS application verification or an MCAT administration, that are required for application completion.
Required Responses For All Applicants:
- Greatest Challenge Response: The admissions committee is interested in gaining more insight into you as a person. Please describe a significant personal challenge you have faced, one which you feel has helped to shape you as a person. Examples may include a moral or ethical dilemma, a situation of personal adversity, or a hurdle in your life that you worked hard to overcome. Please include how you got through the experience and what you learned about yourself as a result. Please limit your response to 1 page (about 3,500 characters), and leave a blank line between paragraphs.
Small Group Response: If you were working on a small group project and you thought that another student wasn't carrying his/her/their load, how would you handle it? Please limit your response to 300-1000 characters, and leave a blank line between paragraphs.
Optional Responses For All Applicants:
COVID-related Disruptions Response: The past few months have reflected an unprecedented time in world history, and we are aware that many have experienced significant disruptions in numerous aspects of their lives. Please use the text field below to share with us how you may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including academic, financial, medical disruptions, etc. It would also be helpful for us to know if any of your planned experiences in shadowing, volunteering, research, employment, or other activities have been suspended due to the pandemic. Please limit your response to 3,500 characters.
- COVID-related Coursework Response: If you took coursework that was Pass/No Pass due to pandemic disruptions for the 2020 winter/spring/summer semesters, please list the courses below.
- Gap Year Response: Did you take a gap year? Yes or No. If Yes: If you are taking time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation, please tell us in no more than four sentences what you are doing during this gap, and why.
University Program (4 yr. MD) Applicants:
Research Response: One of the four pillars of the Western Reserve2 Curriculum is Research and Scholarship. Although research is not a pre-requisite requirement for the University Program, if you have participated in research or another scholarly project please tell us about it. Describe your experience, including the question you pursued and how you approached it, your results and interpretation of the results, and most importantly, any thoughts about what this experience meant to you. Remember that research is broad-based and can include such projects as a senior capstone or a thesis and can include both medical and non-medically-related investigations. If you have not completed research, please indicate that in the text box below. Please limit your response to 3,500 characters.
Note that if you are applying to both the University Program and the College Program, the research response will default to the College Program required response.
2. Additional Information Response: Is there any further information that you wish to share with the Admissions Committee that may not be captured in the rest of your application? Please limit your response to 3,500 characters.
CCLCM (5 yr. MD) Applicants:
- Research Response: Please describe the hypothesis of your research, why the methods were selected to answer that hypothesis, your results and interpretation of your results with respect to future findings. In addition, please briefly share your motivation for pursuing this research project and reflect on how this experience affected you. If you have not participated in research or scholarly work, please indicate so in the text area below. Please limit your response to 3,500 characters.
Career Response: How do you see your career ten years from now? Please limit your response to 500-1000 characters, and leave a blank line between paragraphs.
Reflection Response: We have all made mistakes. Please describe a decision you have made that in retrospect was premature. How did you recognize this mistake, and what steps were taken to address. How have you grown from this experience? Please limit your response to 500-1000 characters, and leave a blank line between paragraphs.
Diversity and Inclusion Response: How will you contribute to the diversity and inclusion mission of our medical school? Please limit your response to 500-1000 characters, and leave a blank line between paragraphs.
- Additional Information Response: Is there any further information that you wish to share with the Admissions Committee that may not be captured in the rest of your application? Please limit your response to 3,500 characters.
MSTP (MD/PhD) Applicants:
There are no additional required essays for MSTP applicants in addition to the two questions listed above for all applicants to CWRU.