Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Program

Writing Your Personal Statement

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Medical and dental school applications require that you write a personal statement. This allows you to tell the admissions committee anything that is not included in other parts of the application. Allopathic medical schools and dental schools allow one page; osteopathic schools provide a half-page.

Your essay should be focused, positive and personal. Illustrate your point with examples. To stimulate ideas for your topics, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why did I choose medicine or dentistry as a career?
  • What have been some of the biggest challenges in my life and how did I handle them?
  • What person or event most influenced my life, and how?
  • What are the reasons for the major decisions in my life?
  • What are my future goals, and why?

If you have anything in your background which you feel needs to be explained, include it in your personal statement. If you missed a year because of illness or family problems, discuss it here. On the other hand, do not feel compelled to discuss the only ā€œCā€ you received as this will just call attention to it. Make the explanation as positive as possible, stressing what you have learned from the experience.