What to write about in a personal statement for Medical School
Most people confuse a personal statement with a declaration. But, a personal statement is more in the format line of an essay. A school, medical in this case, wants to know you better, wants to give you their hand when they know that you have the capabilities to seize the hand and walk alongside with them.
A personal statement tells them how you are built and what are you made of, what makes you ‘YOU’. So, instead of writing it as a declaration of achievements and work, include your past and your goals. You are ultimately the product of the past you have been to and the future that you want to go to. Read the accepted statements of previous years; do exhaustive research and always read personal statement samples online.
The personal touch
It is your statement; do not make it a generic body of regularly followed answers and instances. Tell them through this that you are a different individual. You haven’t taken lightly the chance given to you and you wish to learn more, gain more knowledge and apply it.
Mention how you became interested in this field, in medicine. Was it an experience, a hospital visit, some challenging struggle at the home, compassion to do well? What was it? And then write what you learned from it, what steps have you taken so far to me in this field.
Academics and good scores are a bonus, but they don’t simply guarantee your selection. Your individualistic characteristics make the most difference and they can be best portrayed in a personal statement.
If you mention something, an experience or strength make sure to jot down separately instances where you have shown your grit and wit. This will not only help you understand yourself better and phrase your points better but also prepare you for your interview.
Few noticeable inclusions:
* Include not only your achievements but also incidents that had an impact on you and your choices.
* Have ample basic knowledge about medicine and your field of preference. This shows your genuine insight and interest in the field.
* Think ahead and speak the truth. Do not exaggerate, and do not lie. You may, out of fear of competition, quote something you haven’t had the chance to do. But that doesn’t mean you are lesser than anyone else. You just didn’t have the opportunity, or you missed out. Mention the truth, you may have missed out, but now, you have improved. They are looking for this.
* The interviewer will have read this or may have this sheet in his hand during the interview. So mention explainable points. You may be lucky to stumble upon a chance to visit a radiology center, or attend events where popular doctors spoke about their lives’ stories. Yes, these are chance instances, but what will matter is you saw the moment and seized it; or you gained new perspective or were inspired for the field you are applying for. Don’t shy away from the truth, personal statement or interview.
The author is a medical school senior, and has keen interest in creative writing. Her recent endeavors include starting a blog and teaching English tuition to foreign students.
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