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Personal Statement


Overview

 

The personal statement is one of the most important components of your AMCAS application because it provides you with one of the few opportunities to humanize yourself to the admissions committee: showing them who you are as a person and making the case for why you possess the personality traits and characteristics necessary to become a successful physician. Yet, at the same time, the personal statement can also be one of the most difficult components of your AMCAS application because you must convey this critical information to the admissions committee in a personal, engaging way that showcases your excellent communication skills within the space of a single page.

While writing your personal statement can seem a daunting task at first, it will quickly become very manageable if you approach the process with dedication and enthusiasm. In fact, you should be happy to have the chance to write a personal statement. It gives you a rare opportunity to truly take control of the material on your application: your grades and scores are set in stone, but the essay can be whatever you want it to be. This is your chance to speak directly to the admissions committee as they read through your application, so make sure you give it your best effort. By the time they're done reading it, you want the committee to say, "Wow, we've got to meet this person!"

The keys to crafting the perfect personal statement are simple: start early, plan ahead, seek out and be open to feedback from others, be willing to revise your essay as much as necessary, and, above all else, speak from the heart. This page will attempt to provide you with some advice on how to approach writing your personal statement, but remember that, in the end, only you can actually write it and make it your own.

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