Medical School Applications: Opportunity for Clarity within Complexity

Answering “Why do you want to be a doctor?” is the essence of medical school personal statements. Aspiring family practitioners, specialists, surgeons, radiologists, you name it, must make an argument why they are a healer, who needs additional training to gain a greater realization of an inherent ability for easing other humans’ suffering of both body and mind. 

As a byproduct—but perhaps should be the primary goal—in writing their personal statements, aspiring doctors can gain greater confidence in their aptitude to skillfully apply modern science with the deftness of a humanitarian

Yet, since medical school candidates on average submit 16 applications, hedging competitiveness in admissions, however, simultaneously stoke subjectivity in a single digit admit rate process, prudent students collaborate with editors to test their assertions under the scrutiny of outside counsel. 

In contemplating, drafting, collaborating and then drafting again, students can refine their ideas and tell their own unique story. Through self-reflection, constrained by the writing process, students’ personal statements then become a vision statement, a path to follow in achieving a meaningful career in medicine. 

Creative Marbles was founded by teachers who appreciate helping students craft insightful essays, first in the academic classroom, now as part of the complex college, graduate, and professional school admissions processes. For more information, please contact us.

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About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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