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).
There are two types of Personal Statement. General and comprehensive statement is often prepared for standard medical or law schools. It gives you liberty to write whatever could expose you the best. Example, tell us about yourself and your goals or why do you want to do this course? The second type asks for the response to either specific or multiple questions. These are mostly prepared by the applicant applying to business, teaching, graduate schools/ organizations/agencies. It gives you less freedom, but still important to be thoughtful and persuasive. Example, tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you and how does it relate to the person you are? Remember, personal statement is not like an ordinary college essay. It is the most formal document to be written by self. If you're determined to write a personal statement, then you need to be skilful in good grammar, strong vocabulary, sentence formation, paragraph formation, editing and summarizing skills, to write an effective piece.