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Personal Statement Guidelines

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by TIGIBedHead, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. TIGIBedHead

    TIGIBedHead Fever to Tell
    5+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2005
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    I know there is a thread about when to start writing. I'm wondering if there is a prompt/question for the essay. Also, how long should it be?

    Ok, I found the answer in the application itself: 5300 characters, and write about why you want to go into medicine. Wanted to add this in case anyone else was wondering.

    Good luck to all!
  2. Twitch

    7+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2004
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    Medical Student
    -----------------AMCAS essay guidelines-----------------
    • The available space for this essay is 5,300 characters (including spaces), or approximately 1 full page.
    Hard returns (‘enter' key) count as two characters.
    Some questions you may wish to consider while drafting this essay are:
    • Why have you selected the field of medicine?
    • What motivates you to learn more about medicine?
    • What do you want medical schools to know about you that has not been disclosed in another section of the application?
    In addition, you may wish to include information such as:
    • Special hardships, challenges or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.
    • Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record, which are not explained elsewhere in your application.

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