The personal statement is an important part of your application. It provides an autobiography of you to which the admissions committees will refer to again and again in making their decision about your acceptance. This is the best place to prepare an excellent profile of yourself, your educational and career objectives. Giving yourself adequate time to write and re-write your statement is the key to doing it well.
- Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Good communication skills must be demonstrated. Make sure your statement is easy to read, makes sense and shows off your best writing skills.
- Be concise and don't make the committee search for the most important points. Put them at the beginning.
Guidelines for Personal Statements:
- What is the purpose of your statement? You want to convince the admissions committee you will be an excellent doctor and successful medical student. Describe the experiences you've had in the past that has prepared you for both these goals.
- Remember your audience. Committee members are professionals in their fields, mostly medicine, but also other academic areas.
- The content of your statement should answer all questions in the application and explain any inconsistent grades or other problems.
- Your writing should reflect your style, but this isn't a creative writing paper. Your writing should reflect your college experience.
- Avoid listing all your accomplishments. A list doesn't describe you as a person and the committee has this information.
- The committee members read hundreds of statements each year. Make yours interesting and easy to read.
- Stay focused. Don't wander around small points. Stick with two or three main themes.
- Your personal statement must address your path to professional medicine.
- Make this your own. It's your journey!
- Go deep in to your motivation for medicine. Why a doctor and career in health care? What experiences from your background and journey shaped your decision? What makes you unique?
- Keep in mind – this isn't a creative writing assignment. Nor is it your resume. Don't just list your accomplishments again.
- Give yourself plenty of time to write and re-write your statement. This isn't going to come together in the first draft. Allow time for editing, review and several drafts.
- Have several people read your statement and provide honest feedback. Writing centers, pre-professional advisors, professors and medical doctors are all great people to have read your statement before submitting.
- Edit, edit, edit and edit again! Admissions committees will be immediately turned off by spelling and grammar mistakes.