Writing A Personal Statement

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The personal statement provides an
admissions committee the opportunity to see
the human side of the applicant
The personal statement should convey a sample
of the applicant’s personality, motivation and
passion for the health profession, character,
leadership capabilities and other applicable
attributes.
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Start early; it takes
time
 Internet
 Life list; question
prompt (most
influential)
 Tailor to each
school
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Rules to follow:
I.
II.
III.
IV.
Avoid humor
Be honest
Be careful on grammar and spelling
Choose your topic carefully
Write and rewrite your
essay many times
 Have your essay read
and reread for
grammar and content
errors
 The opening statement
should be interesting
and captivating to the
reader
 Talk about what makes
you different from other
applicants

This is NOT an
opportunity to provide a
life history
 Read your essay out
loud. Try to get a sense
of the message you are
sending in your
statement
 Be conservative in your
writing style
 Remember, your
personal statement
should be no more than
a page
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