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Medical College Application Tips

You want to become a physician.  Congratulations!  According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), tens of thousands of students apply to medical school every year.  Most have excellent grades, impressive test scores and experience in the medical field.  So how does a candidate distinguish themself from the rest and gain admission into medical college?  The answer lies in the Personal Comments Essay.  

Each medical school applicant, must write a brief (5,300 characters or less) statement about why they want to be a physician.  In addition to demonstrating writing ability, the essay must reveal unique qualities you possess that will make you a terrific physician.  Let your personality shine through the words you write.  Here are some tips:

-Hook your reader with an attention grabbing opening.
-Make the essay flow from one paragraph to the next with creative bridges to connect your thoughts.
-Strive to demonstrate your personal attributes through the details you include.  
- Remove passive verbs such as is, be or am.  Passive verbs make the writing seem lifeless.  Use active verbs to make your essay vibrant.  Here is an example of a sentence written in a passive voice.  "The pediatrician was bitten by the child."  See how wordy it is.  Now, compare it to the next sentence written with an active voice.  "The child bit the pediatrician."  This technique is vital to successful writers.  
- Close your essay with a strong statement about your desire to become a physician.
-Above all, tell the truth!  Do not embellish or exaggerate.

The next step in the process is an interview. More and more schools are conducting behavioral interviews in order to select individuals with a specific personality type. Here are some tips to help you with the most important interview of your life.

-Practice answering questions with friends and mentors.
-Be prepared to address any weak areas in your credentials.
-Use your normal vocabulary. Don't try to impress the interviewers with big words.
-Breath properly to control the ah's and um's.
-When asked about personal experiences, choose stories that demonstrate your ability to solve problems and work with others.

If you want further information about writing your personal comments essay or success in interviewing for medical college, please click on the two tabs above. Here you will find guides available for sale at For years, Dr. Nelson's guides have helped students achieve their dream of acceptance to professional school. For those who wish to become health care professionals, these guides will prove invaluable so you will tell your story in a compelling manner.

I wish you success as you pursue your dream of becoming a physician.  -Dr. Kristen Nelson is part of a family of web sites dedicated to helping students achieve their dream of professional school.  is available for those seeking admission to Veterinary College.  The web site is for those interested in Dental College.