Personal statement

The personal statement is an opportunity to share motivation for pursuing medicine including unique aspects of the candidacy, family background that influenced the path, personal characteristics that will lead to success, and any other compelling information. While almost anything can be included in the essay, ultimately it should explain "Why Medicine?" The finished length of the essay is 5,300 characters and can include the candidate's entire lifespan.  

Students typically spend 2-3 months writing their personal statement. The personal statement should be complete by winter of the application year so that it can be provided to any letter writers who request it. The PMHSC provides workshop support on writing personal statements each February.  

Personal Statement Resources  

In addition to the resources above, the PMHSC advising team will meet with students one time during the application cycle to review a final draft.