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Are there any personal statement help book?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ejay286, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. ejay286

    ejay286 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    I see alot of threads where ppl are reading PSs but I need to get started. I'm really an average candidate as far as stats and such except for maybe the fact that I'm a URM :rolleyes: but other than that, nothing to special. Never saved a dying baby from a pack of wild wolves or anything like that so I need something to help jump start this process.
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  3. doomknight

    doomknight Bing 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2008
  4. Jolie South

    Jolie South is invoking Domo. . . Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    I used the Princeton Review Med school essays book. It was pretty good. :thumbup:

    I liked how they gave applicant profiles and selected application essays for each person.
  5. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    I used Kaplan's Get Into Medical School and it helped a lot even though there were only 3 sample essays, one of which was an example of what not to do. I found Barron's PS book largely unhelpful. To be honest, I feel my PS was better than every one in there, and I'd say the same about roughly a third of the PS's I've edited this cycle.
  6. nikkiMD19

    nikkiMD19 5+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2007
    Miami, FL
    I used Barron's Essays That Will You Into Medical School and HIGHLY recommend it! It offered great tips/suggestions and provided a step-by-step guide to writing the PS. It also had 41 real essays of successful med school applicants. The book was a great help and only costs $12.95. :D
  7. bozz

    bozz 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    I forget the name... but I remember reading one a while ago which had around 50 Personal Statements of Harvard Medical School Acceptees. Very useful.
  8. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    For the record, this was not the book I was referring to. The one I meant contained essays for law, med, and business(?) schools which were, of course, separated accordingly.
  9. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    This was a great book - it's a good way to get the creative juices flowing. The 41 included essays are all very different, and the students came from very different backgrounds. Just remember to not try to copy someone else's formula or theme - try to be unique and creative. And most of all, just be yourself!

    I had originally written an essay that I thought the adcoms would want to see, but I realized that it was (at best) a bit bland and generic. Now I'm writing the personal statement that totally describes me, goes into further detail about my personal experiences and how they tie into medicine, as well as having a unique overarching theme that unifies all of the ideas presented in the essay. I never thought I'd be saying this, but I love my PS now!
  10. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007

    Another vote for this one. The 41 real essays are extremely helpful. They make you realize how cheesy everbody's essays are ("stacking magazine in waiting rooms for 100hrs as a hospital volunteer made me understand the clinical side of medicine") and you think to yourself, hey, mine can't be any worse.

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