The personal statement is a critical component of your medical school application for two reasons. First, it provides you with an opportunity to differentiate yourself from other applicants. Most medical school applicants are extremely similar: they have high GPAs, performed well on their MCATs, and have done some research or volunteer work. The personal statement is your chance to highlight your application as a cut above the rest. Second, it will help serve as a basis for discussion during your interview. Once you are selected for an interview, your performance during the interview will be crucial in deciding your acceptance. Interviewers will often look to the personal statement to help them engage you in conversation. A strong personal statement will help foster a natural and mutually rewarding conversation with your interviewer. There are many important aspects when it comes to writing personal statements in general. These include correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc. The following five tips are the ones that we feel are the most important for medical school application personal statements in particular.
How to write a medical school personal statement that works: Let go of all of your worries and your doubts and come at it from the point of view that you have read 5ꯠ medical school essays in your life and you know they're all about the same thing. (I want to be a doctor, I want to help people.) You've got to stand away from that position and really develop your medical school personal essay as though it were a dialogue between you and your reader. But since you can't wait for the reader to ask you questions, you have to anticipate what they might say by mentally asking yourself questions and answering them. So what are the questions that a medical school admissions committee member might ask you in a conversation?