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How personal should a personal statement be?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by vhle, Jun 3, 2012.

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  1. vhle

    vhle 5+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    Hot-Humid-Rainy S.FL
    I know that the personal statement is the same way for DO or MD school but the thread that is going on for the MD is pretty inactive. I thought I'd make a thread her since DO school is my first choice anyways.

    how personal should your personal statement be? For instance, instead of stating what the issue is or going into the detail, should I shroud it under "family issues" "health problems" or something of that nature?
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  3. cel2016

    cel2016 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    I very briefly (1 sentence) mentioned three deaths in my family and dealing with depression. The important thing isn't what went wrong, but how you overcame it, which is what I discussed for the rest of the paragraph. This whole portion of my statement was less than 100 words.
  4. CopToEM

    CopToEM Livin' the Dream 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Southeast US
    I was pretty personal about financial and health issues in mine. Remember, these are the men and women who will help mold you into the physician you'll become. There's no reason to be ashamed of anything.

    If you'd like to see my PS just shoot me a PM and I'll reply back to you with a copy of it.
  5. Iliketoytles

    Iliketoytles 5+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    It should include whatever experiences and values have molded you into the person you are/hope to be. So if you grew up financially deprived, or if you experienced a death in the family/friend circle, or if your spouse is severely ill, all these are personal things to shed light on in your PS.

    One thing I suggest is you don't suck up to adcoms by squeezing in what you THINK they want to hear. Don't be all "My best friend died, and this made me really focused on the holistic approach of osteopathic medicine". It makes no sense.
  6. NeuroLAX

    NeuroLAX Discere faciendo 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2012

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