What in my past did I have to overcome to be where I am today? Can I relate these experiences to my goals for the future or my motivation? Who are my influencers and role models and why? Remember these don't have to be famous people; they could be a neighbor, sibling or your parents. What are my career goals? Why do I want to continue my studies? When and why am I interested in my chosen field of study? How has this shaped me so far and what has it taught me about myself? Are there weaknesses in my application? Do I have gaps or inconsistencies on my academic records that I can explain? What are th e strengths of my application? Do I have awards, recommendations or honors that are relevant which I should mention? Field experience: _ Internships and jobs relevant to my field of study including skills learned and experience gained Has my field experience prepared me for my future career _ how so? _ What social services/volunteer programs have I been involved in? What did these teach me in general and about myself? Did these relate to my field of study? _What extracurricular activities have I been involved in and have they contributed to my studies or professional goals?
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.