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interesting presentation a found on the web about some helpful tips to make a personal statement
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/hpao/documents/Essay.ppt.

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    Tips To make a Personal Statement Tips To make a Personal Statement Presentation Transcript

    • Writing the Personal Statement
    • Purpose
      • Provides the committee a “picture” of you
      • Demonstrates unique qualifications for and commitment to medicine
      • Your chance to “SELL” yourself beyond the MCAT & GPA numbers
    • Possible Topics (Pick only a couple!!)
      • Motivation
        • Why a physician?
        • Why NOT a teacher, nurse, scientist, etc?
      • Family Background
        • What individuals or incidents shaped your life?
      • Extracurricular Activities and Work/Volunteer Experience
        • What did you learn?
        • How did you contribute to getting the job done?
        • How have you matured as a result?
      • Future Plans (long/short term)
      • Explain/Clarify any outstanding issues
    • Keys to Success
      • Focus on a few illustrative incidents
      • Unite with a theme or thesis
      • Outline what you want to say and the order
      • BE SPECIFIC! Use concrete examples and experiences that distinguish you from others
      • Write about what interests & excites you
      • End your essay with a conclusion that refers back to the lead and restates the thesis.
    • The Personal Statement Should:
      • Use one or two specific incidents to show what has been learned from these experiences.
      • Discuss the experiences, people and events that influenced your decision to become a physician or prepared your to enter this field.
      • Discuss your motivation for medicine
      • Describe what you have learned from extracurricular and work accomplishments. Describe these clearly and succinctly .
      • Discuss any disciplinary actions during college
      • Explain how have these experiences provide for personal growth
      • Explain what makes you uniquely suitable for this professional school.
    • Start and End with a Bang
      • I – lead
      • II – thesis
      • III – body
      • IV – conclusion (but no “in conclusion” – don’t waste words)
    • Things to Remember
      • No inconsistencies between essay and interview
      • Don’t re-list things that are on AAMCAS or other application.
      • Use specific incidents to show what has been gained and will be brought to program.
      • Secondary essay provides supplementary details; ties into themes and activities; answers specific questions if any; add to what was on application
    • Most Common Errors
      • I was born… or my parents came from…
      • Autobiographic, itinerary, or resume prose
      • Excessive vocabulary, verbose, complex words
      • Generic statements and platitudes
      • NO Prevarication !!
    • More Possible Errors
      • Too many I’s may indicate arrogance
      • No sense of direction
      • Don’t use Robert Frost “The Road Less Traveled”!!
      • Refer to writing guides (but do not copy!):
        • Writing for success - Jackson and Bordot
        • Elements of Style - Strunk and White
        • Others (first year English, Biology Sophomore Seminar, etc.)
    • Helpful Hints
      • Revise, revise, revise, hone to as near perfection as you can get, eliminate as many useless filler words to have space for the important words.
      • Carefully check spelling, punctuation, grammar.
      • Make an effort to make it interesting by good use of language, a literary effort yet meaty.
    • NOW! LET’S GET STARTED!
      • List the things that you have done that illustrate your:
        • Desire to help people
        • Knowledge of your profession
      • Outline a draft of a potential personal statement
      • Write a couple of paragraphs