My Personal Statement…is down for now

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Sorry, I temporarily took my personal statement down because I’m borrowing elements from it for my residency personal statement. It’ll be back up once my residency applications are done, I wouldn’t want to look like I’m plagiarizing myself. Thanks for understanding!

Here are my medical school personal statement tips:

6 Simple Rules to Help the First Draft of Your Personal Statement

You can find me on twitter at @doctorORbust





14 thoughts on “My Personal Statement…is down for now

    D Ward said:
    May 17, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Excellent job! You have a very compelling story and I’m sure your readers applying to med school will find it very useful. Thank you for posting.

      doctororbust responded:
      May 17, 2014 at 1:15 am

      Thanks for your comments and reading!

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      ALeo said:
      June 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      This was awesome. You found a good way to include your tough life experiences without dwelling on them or being too wordy.

        doctororbust responded:
        June 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        Thank you.

        About composition alone:
        I think in the PS you should have the British stiff upper lip about your own circumstance, yet be honest. While being emphatic about others tough situations in comparison to your own to not downplay others’ issues.

        And about the words, I made a conscientious effort to go back and trim words that were: awkward, too fancy, redundant. I then went back and tried to replace as many phrases as I could with shorter, and more efficient ones. Basically, I tried to give each sentence as much attention as the next.

        Again, thanks for reading. And I really appreciate your praise. =)

    ALeo said:
    June 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    You definitely did a great job. I’m having such award time with my PS so I’ve gone through all your tips and hopefully my next draft will be much better than the first (talk about rambling lol). But it’s nice to see an example of a great PS for inspiration 🙂

      doctororbust responded:
      June 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      It can be tough to finish the personal statement, it’s very time intensive. But, a finished product does a lot for you. At my interviews my PS and AMCAS/secondary entry composition came up a lot. So, schools definitely pay attention to that along with scores.

      I also took the MCAT when they still had the essay, and the grade for it. I think I was one of the last ones to do it, I received a P. I didn’t practice for the essay, but I was happy when I learned I did fine on it. I think I wrote about hamburgers or something haha.

        ALeo said:
        June 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Lol yeah I know they pay attention to it which is why I’m stressed about it. I took the MCAT when they still had the essay in 2012, I got a Q lol I was happy when they took it off. I like creative writing so the hardest part for me is trying not to ramble and use a lot of flowery language. I’m also trying to convey life experiences that helped shape me though they’re not directly related to me becoming a doctor, but I’m scared it’s going to come off as whiny or like I want to be pitied.

    ALeo said:
    June 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    *a hard time

      doctororbust responded:
      June 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      I personally am happy we the essay we both probably didn’t prepare on. I thought it was the only “fun” part of the MCAT day, it really was a nice break from bubbling stuff. By the way, I think we took the MCAT around the same time.

      It can be tricky, that is revealing your stumbles without looking like you’re appealing for pity. One way I think is to work on the imagery of where the significant symbolism is taking place. For example, if you grew up in squalor I think it’s better to talk about the hole in the wall with asbestos and roaches coming out then to just say “we were poor”. Though, it should use better language than I just did haha. That is, make the other symbols the direct objects for the part where you’re afraid to draw too much pity. You might of noticed I tried to defer to other things to illustrate my own issues — I think it keeps the reader into the story. At the same time, its important to have the same humble tone towards awards, at least in my opinion. When I was writing, I was hoping to allow for the reader to figure o what my problems were, ad hopefully without me having to hit them on the head with a mallet.

        ALeo said:
        June 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        It’d be funny if we saw each other that day and everything lol I do like writing I just felt like the prompts they gave were super vague and like it was hard to come up with stuff not knowing what they really wanted.

        Hmm, I’ll think about ways to do that in my essay. I have a lot of work to do, but Thank you for the help!

        doctororbust responded:
        June 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Yeah, the prompts were pretty vague. Fortunately, while I was pretty out of it I did have the basic formula down.

        Good luck, I’m sure you’ll figure something out!

        Glad to help.

    […] Mine. – Sorry, I do have a trove of personal statements on my hard drive, but I only have permission to really put my own personal statement up. If I edited your personal statement, and you’d like you’re to go up here too just let me know. […]

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