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Personal Statement Help!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by JennieLeigh, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. JennieLeigh

    JennieLeigh Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2002
    Quick question for all of you future DO's out there...

    On the AACOMAS application there is a section for personal that a general reason of why medicine, why osteopathic? What about the secondaries...are those essays different?

    I am so confused.

    Any help would be great!

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  3. Doc AdamK in 2006

    Doc AdamK in 2006 Now 2 year UB Med Doc 7+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2002
    Defintely Buffalo
    The Personal Comments: why osteopathic?

    Each secondary app will have its own essay or two. But they basically all have the same question WHY Osteo? and WHY THIS SCHOOOL?

  4. mistirvr

    mistirvr Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2001
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    For my personal statement on AACOMAS, I wrote about a patient I had encountered and used that to discuss my motivation for becoming a doctor. (Oh, there's a word limit and it really makes you streamline what you write)

    For the personal essays attached to the secondary applications, I opened it by talking about the first baby I ever delivered and then (again) discussed why I want to be a doctor, gave a quick explanation for some past bad grades, and then explained why I wanted to go to THAT school and why I felt I would be a good fit there.

    I recommend working on your essays as soon as possible, they were the hardest part of the applications for me. And, don't forget, you are your best advocate, so stay positive, enthusiastic, and original.

    Good luck!
    Missy :)
  5. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Small suggestion, BE UNIQUE!!! :)
  6. Detroit Mick

    Detroit Mick The Supinator 7+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Popoy:
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    Big suggestion, BE UNIQUE!!! :D
  7. AnnaA

    AnnaA Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    I actually bought a book to help me with writing my personal statement. It helped, but not too much. In my personal statement, I basically said why I wanted to be a doctor and how my voluteer/work expreiences played into that. I didn't actually discuss too much about osteopathy. The secondaries mainly asked "why osteopathy" and "why our school." And I second (or third) the comment about being unique. Also, have someone read over your statement before hitting "send" on your application. It also helps if you read it out loud to catch mistakes you didn't see.

  8. conmantlc

    conmantlc Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    I also used a personal experience I had to explain my motivation for medicine. I also used examples of people who have been inspirational to me especially in osteopathic medicine. I talked a litte about my work experience and how that has reinforced my goal of becoming a doctor. I also discussed the fact that I have seen both the good and bad sides to the profession and how difficult a profession it is, yet I still believe that becoming a doc is right for me. I hope that helps. I tend to use cliched phrases like "inspirational" and "goal of becoming a doctor" and "childlike amazement" and that sort of cheesy dialogue, which ive heard is not recommended, but I like using them so who cares. Pour your heart out and be genuine, they will like it. Most interviewers don't have access to your personal statement in the interviews so keep that in mind too.

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