Just as a strong personal statement can get you in, a poor personal statement/essay can quickly eliminate you from the mix. When a medical school committee has a few hundred applicants, seeing typos, spelling mistakes or bad content will quickly move you to the bottom of the pile. The personal statement is a quick way to "weed out" similar applicants. With two similar applications, the personal statement can decide who gets an interview and who does not.
The goal of a PS is to present useful information, thus all or just a little of the information listed below should typically be included in a PS: _ A brief educational background; _ The reasons for choosing your major, what interests you about your chosen subject, and the details of what you have read about the subject; _ The career plans you have laid out upon completion of the program; _ Employment experience, voluntary work done, particularly if it is relevant to the subject, and the skills and experiences gained from these activities; _ Any involvement in enrichment activities such as special trainings or "camps", and _ Extracurricular activities, social, sports, or leisure interests. To further aid you in the task of identifying important information for inclusion, consider the following: