Personal Statement Hacks

Would you like to know the one specific principle that can take an average, dull med school application and make it outstanding, even riveting, to the people who read it?

Read on.

In each personal essay, use the space available to create a flawlessly well-reasoned ARGUMENT in your own behalf.

I use the word “argument,” but of course I would never want you to sound ARGUMENTATIVE. (I want you to sound warm, and personal, and human, no question about that.) “Argument” just means that when someone gets done reading your personal statement, or any other essay on your application, their natural reaction is to say, “Oh my gosh. This makes absolutely perfect sense. I don’t even have a question about this. It’s totally clear to me that this person should be in med school.” If the essay you have now is not getting this reaction, you have missed the boat and you need professional help with your med school application.

This principle, of using the science of ARGUMENT to write something powerful and convincing and compelling, can clarify for you exactly what you should be writing about in the personal statement. It can give you clear direction on exactly which stories to tell, which personal experiences to emphasize, and which things about you you’d best bury and downplay. It can help you to explain clearly and with confidence (not arrogance) why you want to be a doctor, and it can keep you from falling back on over-used cliches such as, “I want to help people.” Plus it can help with every other aspect of the application process, from letters of recommendation to interviews.

So how do you create a powerful, well-reasoned argument in your own behalf?

First off, you’re going to have to take that old “introduction–body–conclusion” essay structure they taught you in English Comp 101 and throw it right out the window.

Sorry, but that’s an informative essay structure, and it just flat out doesn’t work for persuasion. You need a structure that’s far more multi-layered, far more elegant than that.

Second, you’ll need help determining the most compelling reasons that you (not 100 other people) should be in med school.

Then, with just a little help, you can organize and express that information using the exact same principles that a lawyer uses when arguing a case in court. It’s by using these old, time-tested principles that we can get a reader to say, “Wow. This makes absolutely perfect sense. It’s completely clear to me that this person should be in med school.

The trouble is, they don’t usually teach you these advanced principles of argument in undergrad. You don’t usually learn them unless you reach the third year of law school.

If you’re creating application essays on your own, you might learn these time-tested principles of argument by:

1) Asking a logic professor at your college or university to explain these principles to you.

If you try this, be sure to ask this person to explain the three component parts of argument that must be in perfect balance in order for an argument to be flawlessly convincing. If the professor you’re asking doesn’t know these principles, thank him or her and seek information on argument elsewhere.

2) Getting a textbook on argumentation from your college bookstore, or

I can help you.

I can provide you clear instruction for you on exactly how to:

1) Construct a flawlessly logical argument in your own behalf in your med school application.

When I teach you this, I’ll explain the brilliant essay structure that succeeds where “introduction–body–conclusion” fails.

2) Catch and hold the reader’s fascinated attention throughout the entire essay, from the first attention-grabbing paragraph, all the way to the very end.

3) Make the reader feel as well as think that you should be in med school. (There is brain science behind creating emotional pull. I’ll teach you exactly what you need to know to create just the right amount of it.)

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Best of luck to you as you create a fantastic, well-reasoned argument in your own behalf in your medical school application!

“With my academic record, I was worried that I would never get in to med school. Jeannie was a great help though; she actually helped me structure my AMCAS essay so it looked like academic ability was one of my greatest strengths! Most amazing though, was the day I called her to say I’d been accepted. ‘Wow!” she said. “I helped four people apply to that school this year, and with your call I’m finding out that all four got in!’ The really stunning thing about this is that school had had 1680 applicants for only 42 spots.”

J.K., M.D.

“Jeannie, as you know I applied to med school last year with top grades from Northwestern University and an awesome MCAT score, and still I didn’t get into med school anywhere. I was devastated. This year you helped me, and I can honestly say that without your help my personal statement and secondary applications would never have been as strong and impactful as they ended up to be. You not only helped me put my qualifications on paper, you also helped me define and express some of my greatest passions and motivations behind my decision to pursue medicine. The confidence you gave me before interviews was invaluable as well! I can proudly say I was accepted to a top 20 medical school this week and I am thrilled!! I could not have done it without you!”

A.M., Chicago, IL

Note: Because application advisors cannot control a student’s grades, MCAT scores, the amount and quality of volunteer experience, or how thoroughly students follow the advice offered on these pages, please understand that we cannot guarantee any individual’s acceptance to medical school.