10. Use poor spelling or poor grammar _ This one should be pretty obvious. Academics on admissions committees are generally high achievers with high standards who won't disregard even simple typos. If your personal statement is not technically perfect, it can make you seem sloppy, lazy, or inattentive, which are not qualities anyone wants in a future colleague. Remember that the people skimming your essay are seeking a reason to reject your application and make the pile of possible admits smaller. Always get someone with strong writing skills to review your essay.
The reader of your medical school application is expecting a degree of proof and really wants to know how you know. It's not enough for you to say you want to help people. How do you know what you want to do in medicine, what have you done that leads you to know that? How to write your medical school personal statement: Persuasion The most persuasive way to answer this question is by sharing experiential knowledge. You would say to an admissions official in conversation, "I know because I've done it. That's how I know. And I can give a specific story."