But, if you follow a few basic guidelines, you will create a personal statement that is uniquely yours and achieves the ultimate goal of telling your story.
But, if you follow a few basic guidelines, you will create a personal statement that is uniquely yours and achieves the ultimate goal of telling your story.Remember, your personal statement should be personal!I encourage applicants to start their personal statement by describing an experience that was especially influential in setting them on their path to medical school.
A narrative, a “story,” an anecdote written in the first or third person, is ideal.
Whatever your approach, your first paragraph must grab your reader’s attention and motivate him to want to continue reading.
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The AMCAS personal statement instructions are as follows: Use the Personal Comments Essay as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants.
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Medical school admissions committees want to know that you have explored your interest deeply and that you can reflect on the significance of these experiences.
But writing only that you “want to help people” does not support a sincere desire to become a physician; you must indicate why medicine in particular—rather than social work, teaching, or another “helping” profession—is your goal. It is important to show how your experiences are linked and how they have influenced you. How did they affect what else you did in your life? Medical school admissions committees like to see a sensible progression of involvements. Medical school admissions committees want to know about you as an individual beyond your interests in medicine, too.
The bulk of your essay should be about your most valuable experiences, personal, academic, scholarly, clinical, academic and extracurricular that have impacted your path to medical school and through which you have learned about the practice of medicine.
The best personal statements cover several topics and are not narrow in scope. Many different people with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and ideas of what makes a great medical student will be reading your essay. As I have outlined in my book, The Med Edits Guide to Medical school Admissions, the following exercise will help you to determine what experiences you should highlight in your personal statement.