Med School Personal Statement Samples
Writing your personal statement is a daunting but important task so it is natural to want to see medical school personal statement examples before you start writing your own essay. However looking at an example of a medical school personal statement that worked is not necessarily the best way to brainstorm for your own essay writing.
Medical school personal statements are inherently personal and a good example will simply serve to show you how you cannot write a generic essay or use someone else’s ideas for inspiration. The medical school admissions committee needs to hear about you and your experiences. This is the spot on the AMCAS and AACOMAS where you get to showcase your individuality. Instead of looking for medical school personal statement samples you might want to look at broad categories of personal statements that work, to help give you a structure for what should be a very personal document.
The Hobby Essay
In this essay you start off with a gripping intro about a particular hobby you enjoy. I’ve seen this work for anything from photography and dance to mountain climbing and yes, even rare book collecting. Just make the story interesting. Next you begin to explain how this hobby leads you to consider medicine and weave in your extra curricular activity highlights. You need to tie all your experiences back to this hobby and how it informs your decision to be a physician without looking too obsessed about that hobby. The point is to give you depth and a theme without making readers wonder why you didn’t just sign up to be a photographer.
The Life Changing Experience
This medical school essay is most commonly written about about the illness of a family member but can be about any experience that made you realize you want to be a physician. Other topics could include study abroad or a meaningful volunteer experience. Again, you then need to use this experience as a springboard for all the interesting life experiences you subsequently sought out to confirm your choice of career. If you can reiterate what you learned for this life changing experience in the last paragraph of your medical school essay that will make this essay shine.
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