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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

AMCAS Personal Statement: Characteristics

Another approach to the personal statement involves thinking of what characteristics the essay will show that you possess. A list of traits we all look for in good doctors includes:

Psychological maturity
Character and integrity
Compassion and empathy
Communication skills
Concern for helping others
Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm
Motivation and persistence
Reliability and dependability
Resilience and adaptability
Leadership skills
Teamwork skills
Experience with and knowledge of medicine

When deciding what experiences to include in the essay, think about what characteristics they support and how you are portraying yourself to the admissions committees.

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