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Answer Any Ethics Question in 4 Easy Steps: A Look at VCU’s Secondaries

Answer Any Ethics Question in 4 Easy Steps: A Look at VCU’s Secondaries

By: Ryan Kelly

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still function.”

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) secondaries test pre-meds for Fitzgerald’s version of intelligence by presenting an ethical dilemma, which involves competing ethical priorities at odds with one another.

The details of VCU’s prompt change each year, but we’ve provided last year’s scenario to give you a good idea of what to expect. Because of the frequent changes, we do not suggest pre-writing this essay. Instead, by studying and following the four-step process we suggest, you should be able to tackle any ethical dilemma that a medical school presents.