8 Tips for Writing a Personal Statement (and Kiss Your Acceptance Goodbye)

If you are still not yet in medical school but want to get in, I have a double treat for you. My friends, Yael and Miriam, are professional medical school coaches and have helped a whole lot of hopeful applicants get into medical school. I asked them to provide you with top quality tips on how to get into medical school and they have agreed to do so.

Their first article is absolutely top notch and I hope there will be many more to come in the future. Learn how to write a personal statement, if you do not want to get into medical school. So do not make these mistakes.

Without any more delay, let’s give the floor to Yael and Miriam.

Do Not Make These 8 Personal Statement Mistakes

1) Include the phrase “I want to help people.” Do not qualify it with a reason why you would desire to do such a thing. After all, everyone else is in it for the money.

(Alex’s note: True story. For one of my essays, it asked me why I wanted to apply to a certain school. The first word I wrote was “money.” I was not invited to interview with that school.)

You are definitely going to be the only applicant choosing a career of healing others simply because you want to help people and make a positive impact on the world. (Hey, what can you say? That’s just who you are.) For a special bonus you should even include quotes from Paul Farmer books.

Alex’s note: Previous to reading the article, I actually did not know who Paul Farmer is. In a nutshell, he is a physician who has done lots of altruistic work all over the world.

2) Do not have anyone else proofread your essay. What do they know? This is an essay about you and therefore other people cannot possibly have anything constructive to say. Plus you are too perfect to have typos.

3) Do not bother with answering the question, “why medicine.” Everyone else will be explaining his or her decision for applying to medical school. How boring. Writing about topics completely unrelated to medical school and medicine and you will stand out.

4) Recycle essays used for undergraduate admissions. Hey, that essay worked once right? Don’t bother looking essays over and changing the school names. You will just over-think things and mess with perfection. If you are extra smart, write one generic essay on “why do you want to attend our medical school” and use it on every secondary essay you send out.

5) Trash-talk about the current doctors. When you explain how you will revolutionize medicine, make sure to point out the failings of current healthcare providers that you will rectify. The physicians on the admissions committee that are reading your application will recognize themselves in your descriptions and laud you for calling them out. They may even turn to you for advice.

6) Outline your ten step plan to cure cancer. It is obviously going to work and you will bring huge credit to the institution when you get your Nobel Prize.

Alex’s note: You should not have illusions of grandeur as an average pre-medical student, but if you have done cancer treatment research that is promising, by all means, write about your ten step plan.

7) Make stuff up. Nobody will be able to check if you really worked for five years in an orphanage or are a survivor of a rare disease. Not having a letter of recommendation from anyone who spent time with you on these lengthy projects and life-changing experiences is not suspicious at all. Plus you are great at improvisation. You will tell great stories about this stuff on your interview.

8) Use the entire essay to explain why you got an A- in freshmen year. This is clearly what admissions committees want to know and without addressing this red flag, you will never get in.

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