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How to do the personal statement?? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by AntGod22, May 17, 2002.

  1. AntGod22

    AntGod22 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Ok i need adive on this topic. What should i talk about? Are there anythings i shouldnt write about?? Are there any good sites that talk about this and how to go about it??
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  3. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    try the link from the SDN main page that says "application workshop 101". It has good advice and should get you started. :)
  4. calbears84

    calbears84 professional baller 7+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    i am struggling with the personal statement myself so i am not an expert. but there are some really good samples on this site:

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

    hope this helps
  5. analu

    analu Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    I used the paperback, "Essays that will get you into Medical School." Easy, step-by-step instructions, dos and don'ts, it was a BIG HELP for me. Also includes a couple of sections on medical school interviews.

    Good luck!

    P.S. Maybe, if there is enough interest, we could have some SDNers who have been accepted SHARE THEIR PERSONAL STATEMENTS on a dedicated thread??? May require much begging and prodding though... :D
  6. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2002
    my application essay is up on my online journal. you can find the link through my profile.

    i would say write about something in your life experiences that has had a huge impact on you, personally, or in your career decision.
  7. Dr. Mc Smile

    Dr. Mc Smile Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    Portland, OR
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by vyc:
    i would say write about something in your life experiences that has had a huge impact on you, personally, or in your career decision.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I completely agree w/ vyc on this one. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> The adcoms already know you in academic terms, so give them a chance to know you as a person. I know they really like it when you demonstrate your strengths, like overcoming challenges or some event that helped you grow/mature in a significant way. Basically this is your chance to show them who you really are, which helps them understand how you will do in the medical profession. They?ve got a tough job trying to figure out who is sincere and will succeed under such crazy demands, so show them you really want it and that you're ready for the torture (Ouch...thank you sir may I have another... :D ). Good luck!!!! :p
  8. Dr. Scandinavia

    Dr. Scandinavia Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The website had some good guidelines on how to write the PS. It really helped me get started. Good luck!

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
  9. KKay999

    KKay999 Member 10+ Year Member

    May 11, 2002
    North Carolina
    The best advice that I was received about writing the personal essay was from a person who had actually served on a medical school admission's commitee. That advice was simply to tell your story. YOUR STORY is the only thing that will set you apart from other applicants.

    In my essay, I talked about how I was influenced at a very young age and all of the opportunities that I had since then that solidified my decision. I think you should write about any significant events that have influenced you to study medicine, no matter how early or late in your life.

    Good Luck!
  10. rockaway2

    rockaway2 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    just a suggestion...for help with this INSANE application stuff....try <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
    this person is amazing (IMHO) that is!! good luck
  11. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2002
    I bought the book analu mentioned "Essays that will get you into Medical School." Well let me tell you... it's a good book, but prepare to feel depressed and terribly inferior... most the essays are written by people who got into Harvard! Of course, maybe YOU are Harvard material... but I'm not and it made me depressed!! :(

    Well, despite that... it's a good book. They emphasize the importance of being personal. Since it's harder for medical schools to reject you if they feel they know you and like you.

    Good luck... I'm writing mine now :)
  12. I also have the book "Essays that will get you into medical school." It does have some good info and about 30 (?) essays written by successful matriculants. ALSO, if you know someone who got into medical achool or are in contact with an old english prof or have cool doctor, ask them to read it :p

    Good LUCK!!!
  13. Cdc28p

    Cdc28p Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    MA and CA
    Good writing always comes from the heart. I framed my essay around a very simple event: staying up late at night chatting with a guest at a homeless shelter I volunteered in. Then try to incorporate other ideas in.

    I find most, not all, essays in the few guidebooks I have horribly boring. The content is not necessarily boring, but most people take the personal statement format too rigidly; hence, a boring style.

    Read those books to avoid common pitfalls. But if you want ideas on how to improve your essay, to elevate it from the hundreds of essays on your reader's desk, read The Atlantic Monthly or The New Yorker. They helped me more than any instructional book.

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