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What Do I Write About in My Personal Statement?


According to AAMC, the personal statement is an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. The character limit 5300 characters including spaces. Here are the questions to consider while writing this essay:


• Why have you selected the field of medicine?

• What motivates you to learn more about medicine?

• What do you want medical schools to know about you that has not been disclosed in other sections of the application?


You can include additional information such as:


• Special hardships, challenges, or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.

• Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record that are not explained elsewhere in your application.


Here are some additional personal statement tips.


If you are applying MD/PhD, two additional essays are required. The MD/PhD essay is used to state reasons for pursuing the combined MD/PhD degree. The character limit is 3000. The significant research experience essay is used to describe any significant research experiences you have had. You must specify your research supervisor’s name and affiliation, the duration of the experience, the nature of the problem studied, and your contributions to the project. The character limit for this essay is 10,000.

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