Robert Wood Johnson Mission Statement
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is dedicated to transforming health care for New Jersey and the nation through innovation and excellence in education, research, patient- and family-centered care, and addressing the health of our diverse community.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will become the academic engine driving a new healthcare paradigm in New Jersey; the state’s first and largest academic high-value health care system.
Comments: As you can see from both the Mission and Vision Statements, RWJ focuses on improving health care for residents within NJ.
Like most, if not all, state schools, if you are considering applying to RWJ, it is highly recommended that you have a strong connection to the state of NJ.
When considering whether your ties are strong enough to a state school, first think about direct relationships. If you are a resident of the state spent a significant time living there, or have relatives living within the state, those are strong connections that the admissions team likes to see.
If you have a significant other from the state or have other ties, make sure to make a compelling argument about your desire to contribute to and become part of that community. If you have no connections to the state in any way, it is going to be much more difficult to gain an interview or admission.
RWJMS Secondary Application Questions
Is there anything you would like to share to clarify your application?
This is your final opportunity to discuss anything else that you think has not been mentioned or addressed in your application thus far. Often this is your chance to explain a bad grade or a low MCAT score, but you have already been prompted to answer those questions above.
Instead, try to use this prompt to focus on your strength as an applicant and your desire to attend RWJ. Why do you specifically want to come to RWJ? Why do you think you make a good fit at RWJ? What can you bring to the RWJ community? If you are a non-resident, this is another opportunity to stress your connection to NJ and desire to contribute to the NJ community.
If there any other significant weaknesses or concerns you have with your application such as lack of research, clinical experience, or any personal issues that have come up in other parts of your application, this is your opportunity to clarify them. It must be noted, that it is not a good idea to address a weakness that has not been acknowledged anywhere on the application. If you are to use this answer to clarify an issue, it must be an issue that is clearly visible on your application.
Overall it is best to focus more on the positives of your application for this prompt.
Take CASPer or in the next series of prompts, you will reflect upon experiences, activities or accomplishments that demonstrate each of the indicated pre-professional competencies. Your response should be limited to one paragraph and include:
-The situation where you demonstrated the competency,
-Your actions and the resulting consequence, and
-What you learned as a result of your experience(s).
1. Integrity and Ethics
2. Reliability and
4. Desire to Learn
5. Commitment to serving others/volunteering
6. Social Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills
7. Cultural Competence
8. Resilience and Adaptability
The CASPer test is a standardized online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that make for successful students and graduates. It is taken online and involves 12 sections that are either video-based or prompt-based scenarios.
Basically, these questions and scenarios involve a moral/ethical situation and you will have to answer them appropriately. Questions often include: What should you do? Have you ever had a similar experience? They will also ask you more universal questions about the morals and ethics of the situation.
Fortunately, there are many CASPer practice exams online to acquaint yourself with the formatting and style of the test. The scenarios are also similar to the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) questions that RWJ does for their interviews so reviewing MMI prompts is also a helpful way to prepare for this section.
When it comes to providing the answer to each prompt, understand that there is a difference between the real life answer, and the correct CASPer answer. Practicing the tests and practicing scenarios with others is a good way to understand the difference. When deciding what the correct answer would be, always take the most altruistic and morally sound solution.
Themes include beneficence, respect of patient autonomy, justice, and non-maleficence. Whether it is taking responsibility for a mistake, pulling someone aside in private to tell them you disagree with them or what they did, or providing someone with the help they require, do what you think the best version of yourself would do.
It is recommended that you do several practice CASPer exams and practice some scenarios prior to doing the actual exam. Because it is a standardized online test, your results will be sent to the schools that request it.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Application Timeline
AMCAS Application Submission: December 1, 2023
All AMCAS applicants will receive an email to complete a secondary application upon receipt of the AMCAS application.
Additional Application Information:
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