B. Questions a PS should answer _ What positive characteristics do you possess (e.g., honest, compassionate, loyal)? _ What skills do you have (e.g., analytical, communication, organizational)? _ How have you changed or grown over the years? What challenges have you faced and overcome, and how have they made you more mature? _ What makes you unique? What sets you apart from other applicants? _ Why should the admissions committee consider you? _ How have past experiences impacted your life? Can you relate these experiences to your goals? _ What are your study and career goals?
Take a minute and think about what most students are electing to write about in a medical school personal statement. 5ꯠ times, a medical school admissions committee member sees: "I want to be a doctor," "I want to help people," "I have wanted to be a doctor for a long time." To an experienced admissions committee member, these cliched reasons say, "I know I want to be a doctor but I don't really know how to express why I want to do it. I don't have specifics, clear motivation. I don't have a specific orientation. I just want to do it." To write a medical school essay that's great, you've got to transcend generalities like that in order to be persuasive. Because if you don't, what's going to happen is your reader is going to say, "I've read this medical school personal essay a million times before."And although it's a nice medical personal statement, it has nothing new, nothing unique to you. It causes your reader, the person who's going to determine whether or not you get an interview, to look at other aspects of your application to try and get some sense as to who you are. And that is going to be experiences, it's going to be grades, it's going to be MCAT score. Your reader, the committee member, is really going to be stuck, struggling to figure out why you're applying.