personal statement

  1. G

    Do medical schools "like" primary care?

    Hey everyone, I'm finishing up my personal statement and activities section and had a question; should I mention my interest in primary care? I've heard that many schools highly favor students who are interested in primary care specialties. I have a genuine interest in IM/FM, but I'm also...
  2. O

    2027 Personal Statement Readers

    Someone over in the VMCAS Questions and Rants thread recently posted that there hadn't been a Personal Statement Readers thread created for this current application cycle yet, so I figured that I'd go ahead and do that while it's on my mind. Since VMCAS now opens up in January, that means...
  3. G

    Activities/personal statement: would this be considered a HIPAA violation?

    Hey everyone, A lot of my shadowing and another experience (which is one of my most meaningful experiences) includes work at a doctor's office in which I was once a patient. This fact is a huge part of my story, but I was wondering if mentioning I was once a patient at this office would count...
  4. N

    Thoughts on disclosing ADHD diagnosis in ERAS personal statement?

    I talked about about my ADHD in my personal statement. It's not the main focus, but I used it as an introductory point that sets the path to discuss cultural stigmas against mental health care, my desire to work with families, and the work ethic/skills I've developed as a result of my ADHD. Am I...
  5. premed.mom


    Hi, So I have read you want to stay far away from mentioning addiction if you can. In my case, I think I will have to mention it. I struggled with substance use, domestic violence, homelessness, and mental health issues for the better part of my early twenties. I found out I was pregnant and...
  6. Chillymili

    PS review

    Calling all writers! I am looking for someone to review/edit my personal statement for med school with comments and feedback and actionable next steps. If anyone would do it for free I'd be so grateful. I am hoping to get another few drafts done in the next fews days. Please PM me!!!
  7. LindaAccepted

    Medical What Makes a Personal Statement Compelling?

    Competition for top med school programs is always intense. You may be an exceptional student, but so are the thousands of other applicants vying for a small number of spots at your target school. To earn that acceptance letter, you must submit an outstanding application that will help you stand...
  8. baxterfm

    Personal Statement Question

    When writing the personal statement, is it appropriate to use specific names? I believe this to be a HIPAA violation, however in an example I read, the person used a specific name to address the child they impacted. If this isn’t allowed, would only using the first letter of their name work? Thanks!
  9. C

    A minor in Graphic Design

    I'm currently a Major in Biology on a Pre-medicine Path, and if I were to somehow complete a few classes over summers, I could squeeze in a minor. I've always been drawn to design and graphics, so I thought I'd minor in Graphic Design, and in my school the minor is only worth 16 credits. I...
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    For Sale $150 - MCAT books & Flashcards: NextStep & Kaplan PLUS extras!

    9 book series of 2018-2019 NextStep, JUST before their new 2020 lesson plan update. Copies have minimal notes/writing in them - mostly just some underlining. Kaplan books range from 2015-2018 version and 1,000 flashcards include access to the app. Also included is the PREMED PLAYBOOK 3 series by...
  12. R

    Personal Statement Feedback

    Hi! Would anyone be willing to give some feedback on my personal statement and also help me figure out how I can shorten it down to meet the character count? I think figuring out what to include and what leave out has been the hardest part for me right now. Thank you!
  13. otstudent95

    General Admissions & OTCAS Personal statement please HELP URGENT

    I need to submit my applications in the next few days and I am having the hardest time cutting down my personal statement. I'm currently at 8,358 characters and the OTCAS character limit is 7,500 characters. If anyone can PLEASE help me and take a look at it I would appreciate it so much!
  14. M

    Can I Get Into Med-School? (Very Unique Situation)

    So my situation is very different than most. I have spent countless hours researching and speaking to doctors/medical professionals and have not been able to get a consistent stream of information. I'd like to hear what you guys have to say. In no way am I trying to deliver a sob story or a tale...
  15. T

    Personal Statement Advice for a Student who struggled in Undergrad?

    Can anyone give some advice on how they got through their personal statement? This is the most stressful part of this application for me at the moment because it's so hard for me to talk about myself without accentuating my flaws academically. My main issue is because during undergrad I...
  16. M

    Looking for Personal Statement Help!

    Hello, I'm currently struggling to write my personal statement, as I'm sure many pre-MD students are, and was hoping for some feedback on my rough draft. Writing isn't my strong suit and I welcome any advice! Thank you and best of luck to everyone in the same position! :)
  17. Conchilardo

    Digging for Realism in Reaplication

    Right out front, I will be applying this year, but this does not mean I'm going to be heartbroken if I am not accepted... like the past two cycles. Some background: Associates in biology from South Texas College(2014-2016): 3.85 gpa Bachelor's from University of Oregon(2016-2018): 3.4...
  18. A

    Help with personal statement?

    Hello, I’m a reapplicant and I’ll be submitting my application soon. I was wondering if anyone would like to read my personal statement and offer comments? Preferably an incoming dental student or current student/graduate. Also if anyone in here wrote a disadvantaged essay and would like to...
  19. L

    Talking about anxiety/panic disorder when applying

    Hi there! My brother is a doctor and told me to not share my story about how I conquered social anxiety/panic disorder as ADCOMs would view this as potential risk for the future. I truly took the hard road and faced my panic disorder head on and dealing with this hardship is one of my greatest...
  20. B

    Anyone willing to look over my PS?

    Would anyone be willing to take a quick look at my PS and share your thoughts/feedback? If anyone's in the same position I could also take a look at yours. Thanks in advance.
  21. sasukeuchiha33

    AMCAS character count issue is making me bang my head against the wall

  22. LindaAccepted

    Medical Will Your Medical School Personal Statement Stand Out?

    The personal statement is one of the few opportunities you have to show the adcoms what makes you different from the thousands of other highly qualified applicants hoping to secure a spot in the same program. Many of you will have similar experiences or motivations for going into medicine, so...
  23. springoriole

    Personal Statement - Is writing about your own medical issues a good or bad idea?

    I am debating on a couple of personal statement topics. On one side the reason I want to become a physician is because I went through a lot as a kid and it shaped me into the person I am. I have idiopathic pancreatitis since birth and no one can figure out why (obviously, since it's...
  24. J

    EC’s and Personal Statement

    Hey! I’m new here, this has probably been answered. Just wondering in regards to the application if you discuss something in your personal statement should you not list it as an extracurricular? Or can you talk about it in your personal statement and then list it as an EC and further discuss...
  25. D

    Complete Mentioning my double mastectomy in my ERAS personal statement?

    Thank you for the advice!
  26. DAT Destroyer

    Editing Services for Medical and Dental School Applications

    Our students deserve nothing but the best. This is why we highly recommend the editors at EDU Writing Services for all types of personal statements and application writing needs. Not only are they both passionate and dedicated to helping you through the crucial stages of your academic journey...
  27. KatsuCurry

    Most Meaningful Activity too similar to Personal Statement?

    So my PS talks about how my experience working with homeless patients was a transformative experience that led me to want to become a physician. I thought it would intuitive to also include it as one of my most meaningful activities, even though the description of why its my most meaningful...
  28. S

    PHARMCAS personal statement feedback!!! Any help is much appreciated

    Hi guys! I am in the process of applying for pharmacy school. I just have a rough draft of my personal statement and I am quite unsure whether I am writing it in the right direction or not. Also very stressed out and worried because writing is not my area of expertise. So please let me know what...
  29. S

    Mental Health in Personal Statement

    Hey y’all, so I’m a 30 year old Senior PreMed about to apply to Med. School. I am considering how to write my personal statement as I was out of college from 2009-2017. The gap from 2009-2016 I suffered from severe ocd, labeled as the worst case of OCD many of my Doctors ever saw. I finished 3...
  30. usma.consulting

    US Medical Admissions Consulting & Personal Statement Editing Services

    SITE LINK: Home US Medical Admissions Consulting (USMA) is offering its services for the 2019-2020 Application Cycle. USMA is a New York based consultancy offering its expert editing services to applicants seeking admission to a variety of health care programs. The greatest portion of our...
  31. R

    Where to talk about a board failure on ERAS?

    After talking to a number of residents and program directors, I've gotten conflicting advice with almost an even split regarding where to address a board failure on ERAS. Half say to mention it in the personal statement, and half say the personal statement should only be positive and to address...
  32. dentaldawg123

    Personal Statement Help

    Will someone please help me with my personal statement. I am so so bad at writing these, and have no clue how to start it/ what to say in it. It would mean so much to me.
  33. High Yield Press

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    Personal Statement Review

    Hi everyone! Is anyone willing to look over my personal statement, and give some feedback! Would really appreciate it! Thanks
  35. TheBlueSnail

    Personal Statement - Writing about racist hometown and childhood

    Hi all, I am not sure if I'll use this in the personal statement or somewhere else in my application but I've been getting mixed feedback. Keeping things vague so I don't dox myself. I was born and grew up in a super small rural town to two immigrant parents and 2 immigrant siblings (all...
  36. DrH541224

    NEEDED: Personal Statement Review!

    Hello! I was hoping that someone could read my personal statement final draft and give me their most honest critique! I appreciate the help.
  37. M

    PS review

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone was willing to take a look at my personal statement. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. It's a bit over the character limit so I need to prune things down. Any comments on the overall direction and gist of the essay would be really helpful. Please let me...
  38. LindaAccepted

    Medical Your Med School Personal Statement Roadmap

    You’ve heard it again and again – the personal statement is one of the most important parts of your med school application. However, we know that admonition doesn’t make it any easier to write! But even though personal statements can definitely be challenging, they don’t need to be overwhelming...
  39. A girl has no name

    PS Length - Limit to 1 Page?

    The pre-med advisors at my undergrad tell everyone to cut their PS down to a maximum of 1 page to keep readers interested. My PS is currently about a page long but is only 3600 characters. Because this is so far below the character limit, I'm worried that this will be a red flag. While I have a...
  40. A

    Personal Statement help.

    So I have been having a little it of a rough time writing my personal statement. I have some good shadowing experiences and I currently am doing tissue engineering research, both of which I am trying to bring into my PS. I just dont think these experiences are unique enough. I am a middle class...