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Tips To make a Personal Statement

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Web 2.0 and Medicine
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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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  • 1. Writing the Personal Statement
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. Start and End with a Bang
    • I – lead
    • II – thesis
    • III – body
    • IV – conclusion (but no “in conclusion” – don’t waste words)
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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 !!
  • 9. 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.)
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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