Yale University School of
Medicine Admissions Consulting
The mission of Yale School of Medicine is to educate and inspire scholars and future leaders who will advance the practice of medicine and the biomedical sciences.
Secondary Application Questions
Please use this space to write an essay in which you discuss
your interest in Yale School of Medicine. (500 words)
Responses to this question will vary according to each
individual’s interests, needs, etc. There isn’t necessarily a
better response as there are so many potential opportunities,
qualities, and resources available at this institution that may be
uniquely aligned with one’s goals. However, it is first
important to at least understand how the curriculum at Yale
differs from other institutions and consider that in response to
this question. While this is not exclusive to Yale, as other
medical schools have a similar requirement, every M.D.
student must complete a thesis that represents a substantial
body of original research. Students are encouraged to
explore their own interests in medicine and advance at their own pace. It is for this reason that about half of all students complete the M.D. program in four years, and half take an optional, tuition-free fifth year to pursue additional clinical electives, thesis-related research, or international medical experiences. Several students each year pursue dual-degree programs with other Yale schools and departments. If this is an attractive consideration for an applicant, then it could be beneficial to include specific details in the response such as the name of a department, program, and faculty member engaged in specific research or other endeavor with whom you would like to collaborate (and how). This is just one example of providing a more detailed response to this question. Be advised that as this question is relatively broad, it is easy to provide a superficial answer about the institution’s prestige, and simply list various resources available there. That is a simple and obvious answer that does not do much to emphasize your insight about and interest in this institution.
Yale University School of Medicine Application Timeline:
AMCAS Application submission deadline: October 15, 2019
Secondary Application submission deadline: November 15, 2019
Admissions Decisions Released: March 15, 2020 - until class is full
All AMCAS applicants will be invited to submit a secondary application.
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