In “6 Personal Statement Do’s and Don’ts,” Dr. Busnaina suggests ways to make your personal statement stand out, including why you want to pursue medicine and why you are a strong candidate. Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning medical school applicants fall prey to certain pitfalls, and I have edited thousands of medical school personal statements filled with seemingly identical stories of caring for sick grandparents, volunteering in third-world health clinics, and the nearly universal refrain, “I want to help people.” As the desire to help people is hardly unique to doctors, I advise applicants to focus on their personal experiences and keep it specific. How particularly do you want to help people? How will being a doctor enable you to do this in a way that being a teacher or a social worker would not? Where do you imagine yourself in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years? Where do you hope to practice medicine and how will this work reflect your core values and strengths? Connect your experiences (e.g. volunteering in a dental clinic in Ghana) to your aspirations (e.g. volunteering weekly in a local low-income family medical center). Above all, make sure the essay is something only you could have written.
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