Motivation for a career in the health professions
What is your motivation for applying to a graduate health program? Include in your answer the influence of teachers, family, physicians, dentists, PAs or any health care professional that helped motivate you toward this career path. Also include any unusual circumstances that have occurred to you that have also motivated you to make this decision (e.g., a serious illness to yourself or a family member). Identify people, events, and experiences.
Mark you hope to leave on the field
Who will you be as a health professional? What do you want people to say about you at your retirement party? Why is this your goal, and what have you done thus far that has set you up to accomplish this?
Who are you?
What are your defining attributes? Share a story that highlights some of those.
Share an example of a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did you work to overcome it? How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Are you open to speaking to UMass Amherst students and alumni about your experiences in graduate school (once admitted) and beyond? If so, what is your preferred method of contact, and are there any particular areas in which you'd especially enjoy offering guidance? Examples: a specialty area within your field, LGBTQ candidate experiences, URIM candidate experiences, military scholarships, etc.
Study Abroad Experience
Did you undertake a study abroad experience? Please describe where you went. Did you do a homestay or live in independent housing? What were the important aspects of this experience for you? How did you grow as a result of this experience?
Is there anything else professional schools should know? Or is there anything that the Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advisors should know so that we can best support your application process? This might include something special about you, a difficult circumstance that you have overcome, the reasons behind a weak semester, withdrawal from a course or absence from the university, or special or disadvantaged circumstances in your background.