For some guidance on personal statements, read this blog post from a medical school dean on reflection.
To get your personal statement reviewed by an adviser, please go through our “Personal Statement Modules (2022 Matriculation)” on Canvas. Each candidate will need to request access to the module.
- If you are a current Penn State student: Please complete the form below.
- If you are NOT a current Penn State student:
- Please reactivate your access account by going here: https://accounts.psu.edu/
- Please return to this page when your account has been activated, and complete the form.
You will be notified when you have been added to the Canvas module. The more writing you submit in the module, the more helpful the adviser reviewing your personal statement can be. We advise that you do your best to complete and answer as many prompts as possible to maximize the content you have available when putting together your personal statement draft.
When you have completed the module, please allow 2-3 weeks for a prehealth adviser to get back to you. We will offer feedback a maximum of 3 times. Our reviews are restricted to content and tone. Please visit the Writing Center and your other resources (professors, etc) to get your grammar and spelling checked. For students applying to MD/PhD programs, we will review your MD and your MD/PhD statement, but your Statement of Research Interest should be reviewed by your PI.
We will not review any personal statements until after October 20, 2020 (the official start date of review is yet to be determined). The Canvas module will remain open, so that you can continue to utilize the writing exercises. We also recommend that all candidates save their writing pieces, as you may want to use them on your secondary application responses.