The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application System (TMDSAS) has a different secondary application process than AMCAS. In the American Medical College Application Service all the participating medical schools require a secondary application. In Texas, however, it’s different. Seven of the participating medical schools require a secondary. The following are readily available and should be filled out as soon as the TMDSAS has been submitted.
These two schools have different policies:
Dell Medical School screens before sending its applicants a secondary application.
UT Rio Grande Valley invites via email all applicants to complete a secondary; the application is not readily available.
These secondaries have a range of prompts, such as the following:
Have you experienced any academic road bumps in your academic career (low academic performance, dropping, retaking, or failing courses, etc.)? If so, please explain your circumstance.
What do you like or dislike most about the area you are from (500 words or less)?
In 500 words or less please describe what you would see as the “ideal” practice for you. (where, type of practice — clinic, hospital, both, specialty, who would be your patients, etc.)
Please tell us about your favorite recreational/leisure activities (500 words or less).
Describe briefly any experiences and/or skills that have made you more sensitive or appreciative of other cultures or the human condition. (3500 character maximum).
The honor code for the Texas A&M College of Medicine is: “A Texas A&M medical student is a professional who exhibits leadership, honesty, integrity, compassion, respect and self-discipline.” Please briefly discuss what activities or personal attributes demonstrate best that you would be a good custodian of our honor code (3500 character maximum).
Describe any circumstances indicative of some hardship, such as, but not limited to, financial difficulties, personal or family illness, a medical condition, a death in the immediate family or educational disadvantage. (Do not leave blank. If not applicable, please so indicate. The character limit on this essay is 3500).
As with the AMCAS application it’s wise to submit the secondaries early in the process as an application is not considered complete until the secondary has been received. Applicants should prepare thoughtful and comprehensive responses to the secondary prompts. Since each secondary is tailored specifically to each school admissions committees pay special attention to them.
If you have questions about secondary applications or would like to have your essays reviewed, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting