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Brainstorming Ideas for the Medical School Personal Statement

The personal statement is writing that may also be called “meeting yourself.”

You may sit behind a blank Word screen for hours because it seems you have nothing special to tell the admission committee.

But you have.

Everyone has what to say, as all people live extraordinary lives. To find that unique experience and personality traits, you need to draw back into your precious moments, feelings, and hopes.

Tips for Generating Ideas

When you feel like an empty box, it’s time to try some brainstorming activities.

Here are some tips to help you to come up with ideas for your medical personal statement and stand out from the heap of competitors. 

  • Experiment with the text structure. Ask the reader to walk down winding paths of your life story when you connect your past, recent days, and desirable views on your future as a doctor. For example, you can structure your paper starting with the dates of situations of crucial moments and changes in your life.
  • Use a personal statement writing service. When you have lost your last hope of writing an effective personal application paper to medical school, ask experts that specialize in such kinds of papers to help you write a unique masterpiece.
  • Try to twist the story. You can return to past situations, even at the end of your statement. For example, it may be your first visit to the doctor or watching a movie about medics.
  • Pick one of your traits. You shouldn’t have to be sarcastic as Dr. House, but humor, empathy, level-headedness, moderation, and other traits may accompany your image.
  • Add something evocative and innate. For example, it may be something connected to the experience of your ancestors, language specifics, or the peculiarities of medicine in your hometown. Use language to evoke all readers’ senses.
  • Try to depict your story in detail. Help the reader to imagine place, time, and feelings vividly. Use vocabulary and literary works to get more inspiration.
  • Incorporate a dialogue if appropriate. For example, you can depict a mind-changing scene when you have decided to choose medicine as your life path after a talk with your grandmother.
  • Add an “aha” moment. What does it mean? It’s a punchline or a moment you realize that you want to become a doctor, and the horizon becomes clear.
  • Make it funny. Include some jokes or humorous situations that happened to you concerning medicine. Even a short anecdote or moment can make the application committee melt.
  • Try to avoid being too intellectual. The personal statement is not an academic essay. Imagine that you are writing to your relative or friend.
  • Try various approaches. It may be surprising, but you can write a little about your academic activity and lessons. If you have something intriguing to tell and it is somehow connected to why you want to become a doctor, try it.
  • Perceive your weakness as valuable strength. Maybe you were an extra curious kid that has made a lot of trouble. Point out how your natural curiosity became your strength in high school.
  • Share your insights. Describe a situation that happened to you in the past and what precious insights you have got.
  • Show your challenging working nature. You may leave your craft unnoticed, as you are used to working a lot. Whether it’s about polishing the 10th version of your research paper or taking an hour bus ride to your high school, everything will matter when put in the right light.

15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing

Sometimes tips don’t work and you still have a lack of ideas to write about.

Below you will find some questions you can ask yourself to understand your vocation and inner world better. 

  1. How did you experience becoming a better person or a more skilled student?
  2. Have you participated in science lab fairs? What kinds of projects have you done?
  3. What ideas have led you to think medicinal education is your future?
  4. How did you imagine yourself when you were five years old? Was it connected to health care? Has it changed? Why?
  5. What questions have you asked yourself when deciding your future career?
  6. What contributions have you made to your local society?
  7. What was the first time you realized you wanted to be a medic?
  8. What words come to your mind when talking about medicine? How can it be related to your personal experience?
  9. What makes you specific as a person? What are your fears and hopes?
  10. How will you use your interests in future medical education and as a health worker?
  11. What personal traits will help you in your future profession?
  12. How are your passions and values necessary to you?
  13. What brings you joy? How can it be talented for your future profession?
  14. Is there a person that has inspired you to go into medicine?
  15. What things have you done to be at the moment you are?

Wrapping Up

At the end of our article, we need to remind you to keep your writing short and don’t make it too short.

It may happen that now you are itching to write about inspiring ideas in your work.

Just keep in mind that committee officials don’t have too much time for reading, so stay balanced and good luck.

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