The Personal Statement
Medical schools receive thousands of applications from applicants with strong GPAs and MCAT/DAT scores. The personal statement plays a significant role in determining who gets an interview, and you can greatly improve your chances by submitting a well-written and interesting essay. This is your opportunity to describe who you are and why you are uniquely qualified for a career in the health professions.
AMCAS applications provide available space for 5300 characters (spaces and punctuation are counted as characters), AACOMAS applications are limited to 5,300 characters. AADSAS allows for 4500 characters. VMCAS asks you to answer 3 questions and each is limited to 1,000 characters.
The personal statement is one of the most important parts of your application and should be done in a series of ever-improving drafts. We highly recommend not waiting until the last minute.
If you would like feedback,
- Schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling (207) 786-6232
- Make an appointment with Stephanie Wade STEM Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend the personal statement workshop held in January.
- Also, the Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement: Write Your Best Story. Secure Your Interview is available to you as a resource.
- The NAAHP Book- “Write for Success: Preparing a Successful Essay for Your Application to Health Professions School” written by Evelyn W. Jackson, PhD and Harold R. Bardo, PhD. If you are on campus you can borrow this resource from the Bates Center for Purposeful Work.
- The AMCAS Instruction Manual
- The ADEA: http://www.adea.org/GoDental/Application_Prep/The_Admissions_Process/Personal_statement.aspx