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The time has come for you to complete the essay portion of the application. This is your opportunity to shine in a way that is less driven by data and more driven by your personal experiences and your unique perspective.

4 Things to Remember About Essays

  1. Timing - The application can time out on you, especially when completing this lengthy portion. Avoid losing your essays or other data by saving frequently!
  2. Spacing - Watch your spacing! Remember that the character count includes spaces.
  3. Abbreviations - Spell out all words. Do not use shorthand or abbreviations.
  4. Formatting - Avoid formatting issues by typing your essay directly into the JAMP application, rather than copying and pasting your essay from word processor programs. Copying formatted text into the application may result in issues that cannot be edited once your application has been submitted.


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Personal Statement  

Required of All Applicants

The personal essay asks you to explain your motivation to pursue the study of medicine and the Joint Admission Medical Program. You are asked to explain why or how. 

The essay is limited to 5000 characters, including spaces.


Personal Characteristics 

Required of All Applicants

A key aspect of holistic review includes the consideration of applicants' attributes within the context of their experiences and academic metrics. 

Describe any personal qualities, characteristics, and/or lived experiences that could enrich the educational experience of others.

This essay is limited to 2500 Characters, including spaces.


Optional Essay 

There is one optional essay available for all applicants. This essay is an opportunity to provide the admissions committee with a broader picture of who you are as an applicant. The essay is optional; however, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Briefly discuss any unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application. This is not an area to continue another essay or reiterate what you have previously stated but rather an opportunity to discuss anything that has not been previously presented.

Optional Essay is limited to 2500 characters, including spaces.