P S Info Sess Libr Dec09

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P S Info Sess Libr Dec09

  1. 1. Medical and Dental School <br />Personal Statement <br />Information Session<br />
  2. 2. THE PERSONAL STATEMENT<br /><ul><li>More than facts and numbers
  3. 3. Who will read your personal statement ?</li></li></ul><li>READ PROMPT CAREFULLY<br /><ul><li>TMDSAS- Motivation, Philosophy, Goals</li></ul> 5000 Characters<br /><ul><li>AMCAS- Explain why you want to go to </li></ul> medical school<br /> 5300 Characters<br /><ul><li>AACOMAS- No Prompt</li></ul> 4500 Characters<br /><ul><li>AADSAS- Explain why you desire to </li></ul> pursue a dental education<br /> 4500 Characters<br />READ DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH APPLICATION<br />
  4. 4. WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT<br /><ul><li> Why ?
  5. 5. What do you know ?
  6. 6. How have you tested yourself ?
  7. 7. What are you capable of ?
  8. 8. What is important to you ?</li></li></ul><li>Sample Essays<br /><ul><li> These can be found online.
  9. 9. Use with caution, if at all.
  10. 10. No way to know whether those </li></ul> applicants were admitted because <br /> of or in spite of personal statements.<br />
  11. 11. PERSONAL STATEMENT INVENTORY<br /><ul><li> Qualities of successful student</li></ul> and successful professional<br /><ul><li> Experiences and accomplishments
  12. 12. Challenges and hurdles
  13. 13. Mentors
  14. 14. Goals</li></li></ul><li>What the Schools Look For<br /><ul><li>Psychological maturity
  15. 15. Character and integrity
  16. 16. Self-discipline
  17. 17. Judgment
  18. 18. Compassion and empathy
  19. 19. Communication skills
  20. 20. Concern for others
  21. 21. Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm
  22. 22. Motivation and persistence
  23. 23. Reliability and dependability
  24. 24. Resilience
  25. 25. Accountability
  26. 26. Leadership skills
  27. 27. Experience and knowledge</li></li></ul><li>PLAN YOUR ESSAY<br /><ul><li> Which qualities, skills, traits are demonstrated by your experiences and accomplishments?
  28. 28. Relate your goals to your activities.
  29. 29. Choose what you want to demonstrate to the admissions committees.
  30. 30. Emphasize what isn’t already obvious in your application.
  31. 31. Not necessarily unique experiences but </li></ul> your own thoughts and insights <br />
  32. 32. DO’S<br /><ul><li> Active voice
  33. 33. Positive language
  34. 34. Be concise and specific
  35. 35. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  36. 36. Logical order and conclusion
  37. 37. Write about more than inspiration
  38. 38. Use your own vocabulary</li></li></ul><li>DON’TS<br /><ul><li>Don’t use humor
  39. 39. Don’t dwell on suffering instead of describing personal growth and wisdom
  40. 40. Avoid controversial religious and political statements
  41. 41. Don’t write so much about your mentors </li></ul> that you don’t have space for yourself<br />
  42. 42. Secondary Application Essays<br /><ul><li> Opportunity, not just more work
  43. 43. Complete the picture of who you are
  44. 44. Questions vary
  45. 45. If same as primary essay, use another example </li></ul> or go into more depth/detail<br /><ul><li> If enough space, use standard essay format</li></ul>MD/PhD, DDS/PhD<br /><ul><li> Reasons for pursuing a combined degree
  46. 46. Your research interests and experience</li></li></ul><li>TMDSAS “Optional” Essays<br /> 2500 characters each<br /> 1) Unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application which have not previously been presented<br /> 2) Personal characteristics and/or important or challenging experiences you have had that will contribute to the diversity of or provide educational benefits to the student body <br />
  47. 47. OPTIONAL ESSAYSARE GIFTS<br /><ul><li>Only TMDSAS has them
  48. 48. More space
  49. 49. Not just for hardships and obstacles
  50. 50. Opportunity to write about important </li></ul> experiences from high school <br /> years and earlier<br />
  51. 51. TIPS AND RESOURCES<br /><ul><li>Journals and notebooks
  52. 52. Plan to spend a lot of time
  53. 53. Revise, Revise, Revise
  54. 54. Get feedback from people who know you
  55. 55. UWC - Undergraduate Writing Center</li></ul>http://uwc.utexas.edu/<br /> “The Elements of Style”- William Strunk, Jr.<br />http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html<br />
  56. 56. QUESTIONS ???<br /><ul><li> Call our receptionist or stop by our front desk to make an appointment. </li></ul> 471-3172 PAI 5.03<br /><ul><li> The HP Advisors Drop-in Group Office Hours schedule is available at our </li></ul> front desk and on our web site under <br /> “Services”.<br />http://cns.utexas.edu/careers/health-professions<br />

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