When writing your personal statement as part of your medical school admissions packet, you are communicating your unique attributes and abilities. To give your statement greater clarity and substance, here are 6 important considerations. 1. USE ACTIVE VOICE. Active verbs convey power and authority. Your ultimate goal is to stand out enough to get accepted, so incorporating action verbs puts the emphasis directly on you. An added bonus of using active voice versus passive voice is that passive voice sentences take up more line space, an important consideration since the number of characters count. (Example of active voice: I shadowed several doctors..., rather than passive voice: I have shadowed several doctors..., note use of the helping verb making it passive).
Keep it short and sweet _ It's tempting to write after page of additional information to include in your personal statement. To be most effective, however, you should cap your statement at no more than one page, or about three paragraphs. The last thing you want to do is bore the person reading your application. So find one or two things you'd like to talk about and address these points strongly. Try to make your statement pop__use strong words, active voice and short paragraphs. The goal should be to make your reader want to know more after reading your piece, not be thankful that it's finally over.