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Monday, August 30, 2010

Medical School Secondary Applications: Diversity

Diversity is one of the most popular secondary essay topics. The point of these types of questions is to prove how you will make a unique contribution to the medical school class.

For example:

At the XXX Medical School, we are committed to building a superb educational community with students of diverse talents, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds. What would you as an individual bring to our medical school community?

If Applicable, describe a situation where you were not in the majority.

When the word “diversity” is used, many think of racial diversity. But this is a very limited view. Think outside the box. Do you speak a foreign language? Are you a non-traditional applicant with significant “real world” experience? Other possibilities include athletic achievements, musical/art/dance talent, and international experience. Everyone can add diversity to a class.

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  1. I agree that this is one of the most popular but demanding essay topics. Anyway a huge of diversity essays for medical school can be a life-buoy for many students. I'm not an exception. I always try to read some tips and guides. Moreover I find very good samples and try to follow them.

  2. What a helpful info! Great! I believe that the most effective and appealing diversity medical school essay is where an applicant includes something original and even extraordinary. It’s a winning strategy to make your piece of writing unique because it means the selection committee will remember it for sure! Just put yourself in the admissions officer’s shoes: how boring you’ll be after reading hundreds of similar essay with general statements and nothing extraordinary. That’s why diversity can be a great topic which will make you stand out from the crowd! My personal advice is to be confident and always believe in success.