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.
The introduction and the body of the PS should be about your career and achievements. This is the area of the PS where you should demonstrate your capabilities and provide a compelling argument as to why you should be admitted. For freshman applicants, a PS should reflect one's background_for example, family, community, or school_and explain how this background has shaped one's dreams and aspirations. For transfer applicants, identify the intended major. Discuss how one's interest in the subject developed and describe any experiences in the field. This could include volunteer work, internships and employment, and participation in student organizations and activities. It is important to include what has been gained from one's involvement. It is good to elaborate on personal qualities, talents, accomplishments, and contributions or experiences that hold significance to you as an applicant. You should consider including personal qualities or accomplishments that you are proud of and include the ways these helped shape who you are.