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The Parts of Your Medical School Application

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There are many different components that go into a complete medical school application. Learn what these pieces are, why medical schools ask for them, and what each part says about your qualifications as an applicant.

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Personal Statement & Essays

The personal statement in section eight of your AMCAS application is your opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Essay questions on your secondary applications will help to bolster the other components of your application and further inform the admissions committee about how you maybe a good fit for their institution.

This is your best opportunity to tell the medical school something about yourself that they wouldn’t necessarily learn by looking at the other parts of your application. You can describe things such as challenges, obstacles or distance traveled. Distance traveled is how admissions officers and prehealth advisors refer to those life challenges you've faced and conquered.

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