Take a minute and think about what most students are electing to write about in a medical school personal statement. 5ꯠ times, a medical school admissions committee member sees: "I want to be a doctor," "I want to help people," "I have wanted to be a doctor for a long time." To an experienced admissions committee member, these cliched reasons say, "I know I want to be a doctor but I don't really know how to express why I want to do it. I don't have specifics, clear motivation. I don't have a specific orientation. I just want to do it." To write a medical school essay that's great, you've got to transcend generalities like that in order to be persuasive. Because if you don't, what's going to happen is your reader is going to say, "I've read this medical school personal essay a million times before."And although it's a nice medical personal statement, it has nothing new, nothing unique to you. It causes your reader, the person who's going to determine whether or not you get an interview, to look at other aspects of your application to try and get some sense as to who you are. And that is going to be experiences, it's going to be grades, it's going to be MCAT score. Your reader, the committee member, is really going to be stuck, struggling to figure out why you're applying.
C. How do field experiences enhance your application? _ What internships and/or jobs have you had in the past? _ What have you learned from your internship and/or job experiences? What skills have you acquired through your internship and/or job? _ How are your internship and/or job experiences related to your field of interest? Have your internship and/or job experiences prepared you for your future career? _ Have you been involved in any social services? How has the experience contributed to your growth, and how are these experiences related to your goals? _ What extracurricular activities have you participated in and how do they contribute to your professional goals?