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Personal Statement

Charlie765Charlie765 Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
edited May 2013 in Pre-Med Topics
Hey Guys,

I am writing my personal statement for an internship that focuses on exposing pre-med students to a medical environment.

The essay question is why do you want to become a doctor.
Now I have a pretty good idea of what I want to say but I would like some advice on things that I should include and things I shouldn't include. Also any general advice would be helpful.
Thank you

Should I include my GPA?
Award/Honors?
Clubs?
Past clinical experience I am definitely adding but what about the above questions? should I include these as well?
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Replies to: Personal Statement

  • kal123kal123 Registered User Posts: 507 Member
    The essay question is why do you want to become a doctor.
    You will have to answer this question many a time in future. Never too late getting going on that :D

    You should definitely include your past clinical experience. If it is a competitive situation it wouldn't hurt to try and slide in those awards some how.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,168 Forum Champion
    Only if it fits in with the story you're telling. I find it hard to believe GPA will, plus by the time anyone reads your essay your GPA has already been deemed good enough by the automated screening process.
  • IcarusIcarus Registered User Posts: 4,336 Senior Member
    I would say that you should never include GPA in a personal statement. As for other things like honors, clubs, etc, Brown's advice is spot on. Only if they fit in the story you're telling with your statement. I know there can be a strong urge to put everything in your PS, but all that does it make it sound like your CV which is what, well, your CV is for.
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