I thought we should start a discussion about the re-applicant personal statement. There is a lot of debate about whether or not to re-write it, to tweak it, or to submit the same one. I'm not interested in starting an advice thread specifically, but it would be great to hear how people are going to address this part of their application. The first time I applied was for 2006 admission. I wrote about some interesting experiences I had as a teacher, and how they related to medicine. I'm going to re-apply this spring for 2008 admission. I plan to write about what I learned from the rejection and how it applies to medicine, address the weaknesses in my application, and discuss what interesting things I've been up to since I've last applied. I decided that the essay needed to be re-written for the following reasons. 1. Even though I really liked my original essay, it obviously didn't work for me the first time around. It was great for a lot of reasons, but it needs to go. 2. It's been two years since I first applied and a lot has changed in my life. To use the same statement would be a diservice to myself. 3. In those two years my desire to be a doctor has been strengthened by a number of factors, including my original rejection, that I would like to discuss. 4. My original essay didn't address the less than stellar parts of my application. I thought the great parts of my application would make up for the weak parts. Clearly not. Now it's time to mention them and move forward. Any thoughts?