medical school personal statement is your best chance to sell yourself to the
medical school admissions committee.
If they're reading your personal statement it means you've probably
cleared the initial numbers screen. That means your
and GPA are competitive.
Your job is different in the primary and secondary application stages.
The AMCAS Application Essay
the AMCAS personal statement you need to make a general sell - explain why you
will make a good physician. You must tell your personal story in a compelling,
Every application reader will be looking for something different. My general
rule is explain what why you love what you love. For example, if you are serious
athlete, talk about your dedication to the sport. Explain how you have excelled.
Make it clear that these are the same qualities that will make you excel as a
Explain why you want to be a physician in the first place. What's your
motivation, what are your goals.
This is also your chance to explain your unique situation. If you are coming
back to medical school from a career, explain why you're making the transition.
There are a lot of benefits to making this transition - make sure you are
emphasizing the positive.
There are common pitfalls when you're righting such an essay. You must walk a
fine line between selling yourself and overselling. While you should show your
positive attributes - don't pretend you're the best thing since sliced bread.
Admissions committees reading hundreds of applications a year, they can smell it
when you're blowing smoke.
The Secondary Application Essay
Your job in the secondary application essay is very different. Here you have to
show that you are a good fit at the specific school. For example, if the school
requires a lot of medical student research, make sure you show how that
Take the time to find out about the school to which you are applying. Know the
kind of student they accept, and the kind of physician they make. If you match
that profile, let them know in the secondary medical school personal statement.
Write Well and Edit
the writing crisp and clean. Edit thoroughly - typos hurt, bad grammar hurts
more, and tedious writing kills.