Since you’ll only have one version of the personal essay, it should not be directed towards any individual school.
Use your secondary applications and essays to express your interests in individual medical schools.
It may seem simple on the surface, but this can be one of the most challenging questions that premed students encounter on the medical school application or the MCAT.
Yet, it’s the basic question posed in at least one major part of your application: the medical school personal statement.
In fact, a more cogent, focused personal statement that falls short of 5,300 characters will always be stronger than one that’s forcibly lengthened by digressions or irrelevant material.
Unlike the school-specific, tailored information you’ll give on your secondary applications, your AMCAS medical school statement will remain uniform across all the schools you apply to.
On the AMCAS Application, there is a 5,300-character maximum, which equals about 1.5 pages, single-spaced and in 12-point font.
You do not have to fill all of the available space.
The sample essays are helpful for getting an idea of the themes other applicants have chosen to cover, and it is interesting to look over their stats (MCAT and GPA) and personal statements and then to review which schools they applied to, what the schools’ admissions decisions were, and where the applicants ended up matriculating.
However, the beginning of the chapter featuring the sample personal statements contains a disclaimer in which Princeton Review asserts that they are not responsible for the editing of the essays; in order to provide readers with an accurate picture of the admissions process, all personal statements are printed exactly as they were received by the schools’ admissions committees.