The Interview Starting Point _ The personal statement is also the starting point for many interview discussions and questions. When committee members sit down to interview an applicant, they often have just a few minutes to skim the application. Your personal statement/essay provides the perfect amount of information for them. They can pick out a few key points and use it as the starting ground for your interview. If this is the only part of the application that they may read, you need to make it perfect.
The Separator _ Your personal statement can get you in, or leave your out, of medical school. A great medical school personal statement can set you apart from your peers. Many applicants _ coming in with similar MCAT scores and GPAs, so the deciding factor is intangibles like the personal statement. _ As an example, take a student with an MCAT score between 30┼ and a GPA between 3ሠιሳ _ The acceptance rate into a US MD school for this student is 57%.