Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to describe who you are, why you are uniquely qualified for a career in the health professions (beyond GPA and standardized test results), and perspectives on your motivations, influences, and experiences that have informed your decision to pursue the health professions. Most importantly, it is your opportunity to leave the reader with a message or theme that symbolizes a key aspect of your candidacy. The personal statement plays a role in determining who gets an interview, and you can greatly improve your chances by submitting a well-written and interesting essay.

For assistance with the technical aspects of your essay, we recommend you schedule an appointment with The Writing Center. To schedule an appointment please visit the Writing Center web site and click on the “Make an Appointment” link at: http://krieger.jhu.edu/writingcenter/.

The Pre-Professional Office provides general feedback on your personal statement – specifically on the suitability of the theme. You may schedule an appointment with any of the Pre-Professional advisors to discuss your personal statement at your convenience using our online appointment system, Appointment Plus. In the Appointment Notes section, write “personal statement review.” Submit a copy of your personal statement to your advisor no later than 2 days prior to your appointment (example: for an appointment on Monday, please submit your personal statement draft by 5 pm on Thursday; for appointments on Thursday, please submit your draft by 5 pm on Tuesday, etc.).

Please note that advisors are only available to review personal statements until June 1. For personal statement assistance after June 1, please consult with the Writing Center.

Resources

Pre-Professional Advising’s PDF Document: Guide to Creating Effective Personal Statements

AMCAS Applicant Guide

Writing Center

Personal Statement Workshop-Dr. Jeannette Miller, Assistant Director, National Fellowships Program

The Purdue Online Writing Center has a useful page that provides advice for those writing application essays https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/642/01/