4 Tips on How to Write Application Entries and Your Personal Statement
When writing your application entries and personal statement for AMCAS, AACOMAS, or TMDSAS, or ERAS (medical school, residency or fellowship) it is important to consider the following:
Complement Each Other
1) Your application entries and personal statement must complement each other. It is important to consider your entries and personal statement as a whole.
Say Something New
2) Your personal statement should say something new that isn’t stated in your application entries. However, it is okay if the topics covered in your personal statement overlap with your most meaningful entries.
“Show” rather than “tell.”
3) “Show” rather than “tell.” Use examples and anecdotes to illustrate your values and accomplishments. Keep the reader engaged.
Your Background and Experiences
4) Delve into your background and experiences to say something unique in your personal statement. Oftentimes, applicants shy away from the very things that make them stand out.
There is an emphasis on a holistic approach of reviewing applicants for medical school, residency, and fellowship. It is essential that you emphasize how you would contribute to the overall diversity of the student body or program. Be authentic and sincere. Don’t try to tell admissions committees or program directors what you think they want to hear!
Example Personal Statement
Below is an example of a medical school personal statement which may help guide you. Click on the text to enlarge.