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.
If you wish to use Sample Outline A, you may want to consult this simple instructional outline: Introduction Section 2 Topic sentence related to the main theme First supporting pointE vidence Topic sentence that relates the above paragraph to the next Second supporting point Evidence Topic sentence that relates the above paragraph to the next Second supporting point Evidence Conclusion Conclusion that reiterates the main theme and echoes the ideas stated in the introduction _ Making a list of all information to be disclosed _ Armed with a theme and an outline, the next step is to consider which aspects of your personal background and experiences can be shared in relation to this theme. To fully present all the information you want included, it is imperative you gather them and make a list from which you will be able to back up the thesis statements you will compose later on. Creating a list allows you to identify which information is important (e.g., why I chose this major) and which information should be considered optional in relation to your theme. Keep in mind that all information should be related to the main theme and should serve to substantiate the theme and not deviate from it.