Personal Statement NOTES
Before you can even begin to write a personal statement, you need to document your experiences FIRST. This exercise will show you which experiences are most meaningful to you and perhaps should be incorporated into a personal statment.
- Please don't think you have to be an olympic athlete in order to write a great essay. Be yourself and tell YOUR story!
- Start writing notes on why you want to be a doctor.
- Think about experiences that have shaped you and informed your decision to go to medical school.
- Keep lots of notes and draw lines where themes exist (Ex: Speak Spanish, study abroad in Spanish-Speaking country, volunteer at clinic and translate for patients)
- Describe a personal challenge you overcame
- Describe an experience that was transformational in nature
- Make sure your personality shows through in your writing.
- Incorporate evidence of personal qualities such as empathy, humility, and resilience.
- Be authentic.
- Don't tell me you want to be a doctor show me. Don't use empty clauses that cannot be backed up with evidence. If you want to be a doctor, point to clincial experience that has informed and shaped your decision. Use these experiences in your essay.
- Make sure the essay is about you not someone else. Going on and on about your inspirational grandfather tells me nothing about why you want to be a doctor.
- Give personal statement to letter writers. It can be in draft form.
If you missed the Virtual Medical School Fair in February, no worries because you can still talk listen to 4 recorded workshops on the following topics: