Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

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Oregon Health & Science University / 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road / Portland, OR USA 97239-3098

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Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
31
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Public
Year Founded
1887
US News Rank - Research
28
US News Rank - Primary Care
7
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
< 4M

Getting In

Median GPA
3.74
Median MCAT
512
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Case-by-case
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
No
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Medium
Secondary Fee
$100
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
MMI
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve?

2. Other than work-life balance, what will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician?

3. Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience.

4. Please describe your path through the OHSU UME Admissions Recommended Premedical Competencies, with special attention to experiences that are not reflected in your transcript. Do not include specific grades or test scores in your response.

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond?

6. Please discuss how your personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare. Please include any insight into the diversity that you will bring to OHSU school of medicine and the profession of medicine in the context of OHSU’s definition of diversity: Diversity at OHSU requires creating and sustaining a community of inclusion. We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique contributions and perspectives of all employees, patients, students, volunteers, and our local and global communities. Diversity may include age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We respect diversity of thought, ideas, and more. Diversity maximizes our true potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence, and outstanding service.

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1550 characters)

2. Other than work-life balance, what will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1550 characters)

3. Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience. (1550 characters)

4. Please describe your path through the OHSU UME Admissions Recommended Premedical Competencies, with special attention to experiences that are not reflected in your transcript. Do not include specific grades or test scores in your response. AAMC's Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students & OHSU Recommended Prerequisites (2050 characters)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1550 characters)

6. Please discuss how your personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare. Please include any insight into the diversity that you would bring to OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine in the context of OHSU's definition of diversity: Diversity at OHSU requires creating and sustaining a community of inclusion. We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique contributions and perspectives of all employees, patients, students, volunteers and our local and global communities. Diversity may include age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We respect diversity of thought, ideas and more. Diversity maximizes our true potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence and outstanding service. (1550 characters)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 characters)

2. Other than work-life balance, what will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 characters)

3. Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience. (1500 characters)

4. Please describe your path through the OHSU UME Admissions Recommended Premedical Competencies, with special attention to experiences that are not reflected in your transcript. Do not include specific grades or test scores in your response. AAMC's Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students OHSU Recommended Prerequisites (2000 characters)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 characters)

6. Please discuss how your personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare. Please include any insight into the diversity that you would bring to OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine in the context of OHSU's definition of diversity: Diversity at OHSU requires creating and sustaining a community of inclusion. We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique contributions and perspectives of all employees, patients, students, volunteers and our local and global communities. Diversity may include age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. We respect diversity of thought, ideas and more. Diversity maximizes our true potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence and outstanding service. (2000 characters)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 characters)

2. What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 characters)

3. Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience. (1500 characters)

4. Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted. (1500 characters)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 characters)

6. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 characters)

MD/PhD Questions:

1. What specifically interests you in the OHSU MD/PhD program? (1500 char)

2. Please list 3-5 faculty members at OHSU whose research is of interest to you. (1500 char)

3. Thinking about one of your research projects, how could the results affect the way we diagnose and treat patients? If your research is non-biomedical, describe how it advances scientific knowledge. (1500 char)

4. List publications and grants.

5. Please tell us the graduate program at OHSU you are most interested in (this is not binding)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 characters)

2. What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 characters)

3. Discuss a time in your life that demonstrated your resilience. (1500 characters)

4. Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted. (1500 characters)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 characters)

6. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 characters)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 char)

2. What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 char)

3. Give an example of a time when you tried your best to work with a person or a group but the problems still remained. What did you learn from the experience? (1500 char)

4. Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted (1500 char)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 char)

6. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 char)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Explain your adversity in: Economic, Educational, Cultural, Family (4000 char)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? (1500 char)

2. What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? (1500 char)

3. Give an example of a time when you tried your best to work with a person or a group but the problems still remained. What did you learn from the experience? (1500 char)

4. Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted. (1500 char)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? (1500 char)

6. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (1500 char)

7. While you were growing up, did you experience any of the following types of adversity

8. Economic, Educational, Ethnic/Cultural, Family. Please describe the nature of the adversity.

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve?

2. What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician?

3. Give an example of a time when you tried your best to work with a person or a group but the problems still remained. What did you learn from the experience?

4. Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted (1500 characters)

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond?

6. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. (2000 characters)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. While you were growing up, did you experience any of the following types of adversity?

Economic:

Educational:

Ethnic/Cultural:

Family:

Please describe the nature of the adversity:

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. What experience have you had that has given you insight into the patients you hope to eventually serve? Characters left: 1500

2. What will be your greatest challenge in becoming a physician? Characters left: 1500

3. Give an example of a time when you tried your best to work with a person or a group but the problems still remained. What did you learn from the experience? Characters left: 1500

4. Describe a time when you did not receive what you felt you deserved, and how you reacted. Characters left: 1500

5. Give an example of personal feedback in the last few years that was difficult to receive. How did you respond? Characters left: 1500

6. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU School of Medicine and the profession of medicine. Characters left: 2000

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