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 what influences and experiences have informed your decision to pursue medicine or dentistry.

Most importantly, the personal statement 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 have one of their tutors review your draft. To schedule an appointment, please visit the Writing Center website and click on the “Schedule an Appointment” link.

In addition to the support you can receive from the Writing Center, the Pre-Professional Office provides general feedback on the tone, clarity, and theme of your personal statement. Applicants can choose one of the following options for essay reviews:

1. Schedule an appointment via Handshake with any of the Pre-Professional advisors to discuss your personal statement.

  • Submit a copy of your personal statement to your advisor no later than 2 business days prior to your appointment (ex: 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.).
  • Your essay will be discussed during your appointment. If you schedule an appointment to meet with a Pre-Professional advisor, please do not also send an electronic copy of your personal statement for review (as noted in item #2 below).
  • We kindly request first drafts be read by family, friends, or the Writing Center.
  • Given the large number of applicants, advisors are only able to read one (1) draft of your personal statement, and we will review personal statements until Monday, June 1. For assistance after June 1, please consult the Writing Center.

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2. Submit an electronic copy of your personal statement to be read by our staff.

  • Essays should be drafted in a Word document and emailed to preprofessional@jhu.edu with a subject line of your name and “Personal Statement for Online Review.”
  • Your essay will be reviewed and returned to you within three (3) business days. If you utilize this online service, please do not also send your essay to a specific Pre-Professional advisor for review (as noted in item #1 above).
  • We kindly request first drafts be read by family, friends, or the Writing Center.
  • Given the large number of applicants, our staff are only able to read one (1) draft of your personal statement, and we will review digital personal statements until Friday, May 8.

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