Your med school personal statement will arguably be the most important essay you’ll ever write…So no pressure, right?
Here is an example of an effective personal statement from an accepted medical student…(more to come)View Matt’s Personal Statement Reading through mission statements of various medical schools, I have discovered an enthralling question: Is medicine science or art?
I saw my future self as a medical Sherlock Holmes-the smartest person in the room disseminating my own cleverness from on high to solve a medical problem.
I had only a mild interest in the artful, human, side of medicine.
Because of these experiences, I believe that medicine is precisely this: the application of knowledge of both humankind- our hearts, souls, minds, and bodies- and human disease towards the eradication of human pain.
In this definition, I have found a means to navigate the tricky space between medicine as science and art, between my inquisitiveness and the earnest longing to benefit others, between the head and the heart.When I think of the type of physician I want to be, I know that I want to follow Dr.Hallak’s example and live a life using science to not simply fix disease, but to heal human pain.I enjoy the thrill of mastering a topic, and then either revealing how the pieces fit to others, or using my newfound expertise in the application of solving new problems.Thus, it’s no wonder that I found medicine invigorating.Notice: We've detected that you are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or newer, or use another current web browser (such as the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari) for optimal viewing experience.This intense passion to solve problems I now see is not itself inherently wrong and will indeed serve me well in medical school, but such a desire must be tempered by the heart.When I arrived at college, my concept of the world, and with it medicine, was completely rearranged.It is my hope that I might bring a fresh perspective to the field of medicine, and bring a positive impact not simply for my own sake, but for all the patients I will have in the future.Personal Statement: Sometimes referred to as the “statement of purpose” or “personal essay,” is your opportunity to state who you are, where you come from, what you are passionate about, how you ended up at your current career choice, and where you want to go in the future.