When you applied as an undergraduate, your personal statement probably didn't make much of a difference, because undergraduate admissions are heavily based on numbers (GPAs, test scores, etc). Graduate and professional school admissions are different! Your competitors will have grades and test scores similar to yours, because most people who have the motivation to pursue an advanced degree did well as undergraduate students. As the number of applicants rises and academic budgets are cut, every year there's more competition for fewer admissions openings. How does the committee determine that you have what it takes to succeed in advanced studies? You guessed it. Your personal statement will play a determining role in whether or not your application is successful. So you know you need to write the strongest, most persuasive personal statement you can. But here are two facts you may not know. First, most reviewers will spend only a couple minutes skimming your personal statement. Second, because their job is to weed out the majority of applications, reviewers are looking for reasons not to recommend you for admission.
5. WRITE A STRONG CONCLUSION. Your conclusion is the last best opportunity to showcase your commitment to the profession of medicine and the long road of study ahead. It is important that your personal statement sound strong to the very last period on the page. The conclusion should "frame" your introduction, in that it refers back to the beginning of your statement, reminding the reader of who you are, where you are coming from, and re_emphasizing the significance of your over_all theme. An emphatic conclusion demonstrates consistency and brings everything full circle. Do not digress to a subordinate topic or introduce, however inadvertently, another theme altogether (which is why framing is a good way to end the statement _ it allows you to check if you are still saying the same thing you started out with). The point is to end on the high note you began with.