Long-time reader, first-time poster. Although I find the SDN website to be very helpful for the medical school application process, it doesn't seem like there is much discussion about the importance of the Personal Statement. I say this because I've talked to professors/doctors at several medical schools (Northwestern, UConn for ex.) who are on or have been on the admissions board. They all said that the Personal Statement is one of the most important things they look at in an applicants profile. All else being equal, the applicant with the stronger PS will get the acceptance. One of the docs even said that sometimes an applicant with lower "stats" (GPA and MCAT) and a very strong PS is favored over an applicant with better stats but a bland or generic PS. Obviously, I can't say that this is true for ALL medical schools (NU and UConn seem to be more progressive in their application process). But it seems that the importance of the PS is disportionate to its discussion on SDN. Just my two cents. Anyone else agree?