Md/Phd Personal Statements

Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to describe who you are, why you are uniquely qualified for a career in the health professions (beyond GPA and standardized test results), and perspectives on your motivations, influences, and experiences that have informed your decision to pursue the health professions. Most importantly, it is your opportunity to leave the reader with a message or theme that symbolizes a key aspect of your candidacy. The personal statement plays a role in determining who gets an interview, and you can greatly improve your chances by submitting a well-written and interesting essay.

For assistance with the technical aspects of your essay, we recommend you schedule an appointment with The Writing Center. To schedule an appointment please visit the Writing Center web site and click on the “Make an Appointment” link at:

The Pre-Professional Office provides general feedback on your personal statement – specifically on the suitability of the theme. You may schedule an appointment with any of the Pre-Professional advisors to discuss your personal statement at your convenience using our online appointment system, Appointment Plus. Please note that advisors are only available to review personal statements until June 1. For personal statement assistance after June 1, please consult with the Writing Center.


Pre-Professional Advising’s PDF Document: Guide to Creating Effective Personal Statements

AMCAS Applicant Guide

Writing Center

Personal Statement Workshop-Dr. Jeannette Miller, Assistant Director, National Fellowships Program

Highlight your research experience, interests, and career goals.

The personal statement (or statement of purpose) is your introduction of yourself to the application reviewers. This brief statement (generally one to two pages) should communicate your abilities, accomplishments and goals. It must also show us your writing skills, including your ability to present yourself and your ideas concisely. It should show your commitment to and motivation for graduate school based on your history. It should have a positive tone, be honest and professional.

This is your chance to shine, to stand out from among the hundreds of statements that the reviewer is reading.

It is crucial that you get some honest critique on your statement before you submit it to the school. However, the voice of the statement should be yours. Remember, if you are invited for an interview, the school will expect to meet the person who wrote the statement. Although you should not have to rewrite your entire essay for each school/program you are applying to, it should be tailored for each program.

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