How to prepare a Personal Statement for Medical School Application

The personal statement is perhaps one of the most important parts of the medical school application.  It is a way for you to tell the school why you should be offered a place in their program. There are some general guiding principles in terms of writing a good personal statement.

  1. Invest some time in your personal statement, do not rush!
  2. Make sure you are aware of and follow the instructions for each individual school in terms of length of the statement, content area etc.
  3. Should be unique based on your background and experience
  4. Do not copy, plagiarize or make false statements
  5. Explain why you want to become a doctor
  6. Include any extracurricular activities
  7. Highlight your accomplishments
  8. Reflection on your experience
  9. Demonstrate team work qualities

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