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Monday, July 5, 2010

AMCAS Personal Statement: Intro

The personal statement is arguably the most important of your application and, at this point, one of the few aspects you can control. In this personal statement you are asked to consider the following questions:

• Why have you selected the field of medicine?
• What motivates you to learn more about the field of medicine?
• What do you want medical schools to know about you that has not been disclosed in another section of the application?

The application also states that you

“May wish to include information such as:
‘Special hardships, challenges, or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.
Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record, which are not explained elsewhere in the application.’”

In other words, you have 5300 characters to say why you want to be a doctor and why an admissions committee should accept you into its medical school class. And you must do this in an interesting, creative, and honest way. Not an easy task.

MD/PhD candidates, please be aware that you have two additional essays to write. The first essay will discuss your reasons for wishing to pursue a MD/PhD (3,000 characters). The second asks for details on your significant research experience (10,000 characters).

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