The Separator _ Your personal statement can get you in, or leave your out, of medical school. A great medical school personal statement can set you apart from your peers. Many applicants _ coming in with similar MCAT scores and GPAs, so the deciding factor is intangibles like the personal statement. _ As an example, take a student with an MCAT score between 30┼ and a GPA between 3ሠιሳ _ The acceptance rate into a US MD school for this student is 57%.
Just as a strong personal statement can get you in, a poor personal statement/essay can quickly eliminate you from the mix. When a medical school committee has a few hundred applicants, seeing typos, spelling mistakes or bad content will quickly move you to the bottom of the pile. The personal statement is a quick way to "weed out" similar applicants. With two similar applications, the personal statement can decide who gets an interview and who does not.