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Medical School Personal Statement

Students (or any professionals) that recognize and acknowledge their struggles often overcome them.

  Below is a recent post on the NPR website about a medical student at The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health who has worked with her medical school to overcome her struggles.


Applying to Medical School? Did you miss the MedEdits/SDN webinar?

Student Doctor Network/MedEdits Webinar Applying to Medical School 2017 Dr. Jessica Freedman, Dr. Liza Pilch and Laurie Brown Tansey of MedEdits Medical Admissions offer valuable advice and answer your questions to help you prepare for the 2016-2017 medical school application cycle.                              …


We’re just not that into you. Why Are Medical School Applicants Rejected?

Every year medical school applicants feel confused and in the dark about why they have been rejected by medical schools. They do not understand what they did wrong or what they need to do differently when they reapply. Whether you are a premedical student trying to make sure to “do everything right” or a medical…


4 Tips on How to Write Application Entries and Your Personal Statement

When writing your application entries and personal statement for medical school, residency and fellowship it is important to consider the following: 1) Your application entries and personal statement must complement each other. It is important to consider your entries and personal statement as a whole. 2) Your personal statement should say something new that isn’t…


MEDICAL SCHOOL AND RESIDENCY PERSONAL STATEMENTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF “SECOND OPINIONS”

Would a professional writer ever publish an article without having other sets of eyes review his or her work? Would the New York Times ever allow an author to publish anything without a few editorial reviews? The answer to both of these questions is “of course not.”   Regardless of your writing ability, everyone needs…


MEDICAL SCHOOL & RESIDENCY ADMISSIONS: SHOW, DON’T TELL

Something my clients hear me say throughout the application process, and a common mantra for anyone who works in admissions, is to “show” rather than “tell.” What does this mean, exactly? It means that whether you are writing a personal statement or interviewing, you should show evidence for what you are trying to communicate. For…


6 Tips: Write Unforgettable Application Documents

  When composing your medical school application, remember that content is more important than writing skill. Medical school admissions committees are not looking for the next literary prize winner and will not examine your written work with a fine tooth comb. While you should take pains to avoid obvious errors, submitting an essay fit for…


AMCAS® Activity and Most Meaningful Entries

Unsure of what to write for your AMCAS® activity and most meaningful entries? Read an example below from The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions Admissions. Experience Description: The Adult Day Health Center is a comprehensive facility that offers a variety of services to members of the community. My duties at the Adult Day Health Center is to…


MedEdits: The Medical School Personal Statement

How should you start your medical school personal statement? You hear conflicting advice. Some tell you not to open with a story. Others tell you to always begin with a story. Regardless of the advice you receive, be sure to do three things: 1) Be true to yourself. Everyone will have an opinion regarding what you should and should not…


The Medical School Personal Statement

How should you start your medical school personal statement? You hear conflicting advice. Some tell you not to open with a story. Others tell you to always begin with a story. Regardless of the advice you receive, be sure to do three things: 1) Be true to yourself. Everyone will have an opinion regarding what you…