Personal Statement

Developing Your Personal Statement

  • Brainstorming: A well-crafted personal statement takes time. Begin by brainstorming ideas for your statement, thinking about what you would like to share with the admissions committees. Consult with mentors, friends and family on topics.
  • Outline: Look for themes within your list of brainstorm ideas. Choose a few points from your list that seem especially salient, and develop them into an outline of your essay.
  • Working Draft(s): Once you have written a draft, have people read it and give you honest feedback. Incorporate feedback and come back to it in a couple weeks and see if you still feel that it conveys the impression that you meant to give, and make necessary edits. Make sure that you have a developed draft on MAP, to submit with your Committee Letter Interview request.
  • Final Draft: Implement feedback from your Committee Letter Interview and make final edits necessary to your personal statement.

Personal Statement Guidelines

  • Allopathic Medicine (maximum length 5,300 characters)
  • Dental Medicine (maximum length 4,500 characters)
  • Optometry (maximum length 4,500 characters)
    • Prompt: “Please describe what inspires your decision for becoming an optometrist, including your preparation for training in this profession, your aptitude and motivation, the basis for your interest in optometry, and your future career goals.”
  • Osteopathic Medicine (maximum length 5,300 characters)
  • Podiatric Medicine (maximum length 4,500 characters)
    • Prompt: Write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a podiatric physician
  • Physician Assistant (maximum length 5,000 characters)
    • Prompt: Please explain why you are interested in becoming a physician assistant.
  • Veterinary Medicine (maximum length 2,000 characters per essay)
    • Prompt: There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why?
    • Prompt: In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?
    • Prompt: Consider the breadth of society which veterinarians serve. What attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?
      • *Please be aware that individual veterinary programs may have a traditional personal statement essay on their supplemental application. We ask that you refer to each of your program’s websites to confirm.

Resources:

PreHealth Personal Statement Workshop

Tackling the Dreaded “Personal Statement”