Do any of you past MSTP applicants have any advice regarding the format and tone of the research essay? My first (very preliminary) attempt at a draft came out very narrative, with a lot of "this is how I got into research, and this is why I was interested in this topic" kinda stuff in between the descriptions of the actual work I did. Is that too fluffy? I guess part of my concern is explaining the evolution of my research interests since I started out in bench research and am now going for a phd in epi. Or should that go into the "Why MD/PhD" essay?