Schwann

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From what I understand the personal statement is supposed to describe why I want to enter medicine. Can I also include why I want to enter a specific specialty(like derm or gastro...)....or does it seem a little naive to think that I know specifically what type of doctor I want to be without even entering medical school.....I appreciate your responses.
 

RySerr21

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From what I understand the personal statement is supposed to describe why I want to enter medicine. Can I also include why I want to enter a specific specialty(like derm or gastro...)....or does it seem a little naive to think that I know specifically what type of doctor I want to be without even entering medical school.....I appreciate your responses.

Bingo. You can certainly talk about certain experiences you have had, if in fact you have had clinical experiences in ceratin fields. You can talk about how your interest in gastro or derm started via X expereince, but you shouldnt declare "DERM OR DIE" in your personal statement, for the exact reason you mentioned. In my personal statement i talked about how my expereinces in orthopedics and preventive medicine have sparked my interest in those fields, but i also left it open so that they didnt think i was dead set on one field before I even knew anything about the other options (which is true).
 

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Yeah, tell them you want to be a cosmetic dermatologist. They love that.
 
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Listen to RySerr.

Also, be aware that some secondaries will ask what field interests you or where you see yourself in a decade. If you write about your interests now, you'll have little to add later.
 

slowbutsteady

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From what I understand the personal statement is supposed to describe why I want to enter medicine. Can I also include why I want to enter a specific specialty(like derm or gastro...)....or does it seem a little naive to think that I know specifically what type of doctor I want to be without even entering medical school.....I appreciate your responses.
it will look very naive. unless you were in a disfiguring car accident and a plastic surgeon returned you to normalcy.
 
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