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Getting started on your AMCAS & Medical School Personal Statement

Getting started on your medical school personal statement is often the hardest part of the entire process! Finding the right topic for your personal statement is half the battle. Many students come to us with this exact question: How Do I Get Started With My Medical School Personal Statement?

It’s a great idea to ask yourself some questions before getting started. These should help to solidify what experiences and topics you will talk about within your medical school personal statement.

What’s special, unique, distinctive and/or impressive about you and your life story?

  • Give them something to remember you by, and more importantly, sometime that will make them want to meet you

What details of your life (personal or family problems, history, people or events that have shaped you or influenced your goals) might help the committee better understand you or help set you apart from other applicants?

  • Let the committee know what has shaped you into the person you are and where you come from

Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (for example, economic, familial, or physical) in your life?

  • Again, let the committee know what you have come out of and where you have come from.  This will tell them a lot about the kind of person that you are and your ability to endure.  (b/c med school is all about endurance)

What personal characteristics (for example. integrity. compassion. persistence) do you possess that would improve your prospects for success in the field or profession? Is there a way to demonstrate or document that you have these characteristics?

Are there any gaps or discrepancies in your academic record that you should explain (great grades but mediocre MCAT scores, for example, or a distinct upward pattern to your GPA if it was only average in the beginning)?

When did you become interested in this field and what have you learned about it (and about yourself) that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to this field? What insights have you gained?