Vet School Personal Statement Length Aamc


OITE Pre-med Resources

Professional (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Nursing, etc.) School Advising for Postbacs
Online Resources for Pre-meds from the OITE
Other Resources for Medical School Applicants

Professional (medical, dental veterinary, nursing, Etc.) school advising for Postbacs

The OITE Career Services Center includes Elena Hernandez-Ramon, MD/PhD, Director, Pre-Med Program, and Bill Higgins, PhD, Pre-professional Advisor.  They can help you with deciding where to apply, crafting your application, writing your personal statement, preparing for the MCAT, and interviewing. The following guidelines and resources will help you to make the best possible use of the time you spend with a pre-med advisor.

IMPORTANT NOTE 1:When you schedule an appointment for advising, counseling, or a mock interview, you should be prepared to honor that commitment.  If you learn that you will be unable to keep an appointment, please cancel it immediately so that the time can be given to another trainee. 

IMPORTANT NOTE 2:If you schedule an appointment, be certain to prepare in advance. Attend any workshops devoted to the topic you wish to discuss or watch the corresponding OITE videocast. If you wish to discuss a resume, CV, cover letter, or personal statement, write and edit it carefully prior to the appointment. You should also check out our online resources on resumes and CVs and cover letters. If you have scheduled a mock interview, practice examples of possible responses to questions in advance.

Limitations on Pre-professional Advising for Applicants to Graduate and Professional School:

The OITE is committed to assisting postbacs and summer interns with the application process for graduate and professional school. Counselors and other OITE staff members can help you be a competitive applicant by assisting with application strategies, writing personal statements, and practicing mock-interviews. However, given the large number of trainees interested in this service we want to clarify the extent and nature of the services we can provide.

  • Most applicants schedule a maximum of two advising appointments during the application process. Usually the first appointment strategizes applying and the second reviews a personal statement.
  • Personal statement reviews critique the structure and organization of the (almost final) essay and whether the message intended by the applicant is being effectively communicated. The service does not include correction of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. 
  • Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to review a personal statement multiple times. Therefore, please do not ask multiple staff members to review your statement.
  • We will be happy to discuss strategies for composing answers to diversity questions or questions relating to being a disadvantaged applicant.
  • We do not review "secondaries" for medical school applicants.
  • We find that group mock interviews are an efficient and effective way to prepare for interviews. Only in unusual circumstances would we expect applicants to seek more than one mock interview.

Online Resources for Pre-meds from the OITE

Applying to Medical School: Assessing Your Application (6/25/2013) an overview of everything you need to know to get into medical school.

Interviewing for Professional School (9/21/2009)

Advice from the Trenches: Getting to Professional School (6/30/2009) medical school deans of admission talk about the admissions process.

MD/PhD: Is It for You? (7/20/2012)

Applying to Medical School (1/18/2011)

Writing Personal Statements for Professional School (3/29/2012; NOTE that you may need to click on "CC" to make the closed captioning visible.)

Preparing for the MCAT 2015 (NOTE: this is a YouTube video)

Medical School Application Schedule for Admission in Fall 2019 (handout)

Identifying Medical Schools for Your AMCAS application (handout)

Guidelines for REAPPLYING to Medical School (handout)

Osteopathic Medicine and the AACOMAS Application 2016 (5/21/2015) NOTE: Only the audio and the slides were captured; our sincere apologies.

Other Useful OITE Resources

Other Resources for Medical School Applicants


Application-related Reources

AAMC Competencies:

MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements):

AMCAS Application Grade Conversion Guide (applicants don't have to do these calculations, this is just for students' reference; AMCAS makes these calculations for you after you submit your application):

AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide:

MCAT resources from AAMC:

MD/PhD Program Policies:

Clinical Exposure and Community Service Opportunities

Clinical Center Rounds Opportunities are summarized at  Thedr include

  • The Undiagnosed Diseases Program/Clinical Rounds on Thursdays at 9:00 am
  • Liver Rounds on Thursdays at 8:30 am
  • Intensive Care Rounds every morning from 7:45 to 10:00 am.  Email to sign up and get location.

Information from the University of Maryand website on local hospitals/clinics and other opportunities:

Information about shadowing DOs:

Check out the Greater Bethesda American Medical Student Association.

Financing Your Medical School Education

National Health Service Corps:

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): and

American Medical Association: or go directly to AMA Financial Aid,

National Medical Association:

The Student National Medical Association:

The National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. (NAMME):, a list of financial aid resources for medical and graduate school:

Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to describe who you are, why you are uniquely qualified for a career in the health professions (beyond GPA and standardized test results), and perspectives on your motivations, influences, and experiences that have informed your decision to pursue the health professions. Most importantly, it is your opportunity to leave the reader with a message or theme that symbolizes a key aspect of your candidacy. The personal statement plays a role in determining who gets an interview, and you can greatly improve your chances by submitting a well-written and interesting essay.

For assistance with the technical aspects of your essay, we recommend you schedule an appointment with The Writing Center. To schedule an appointment please visit the Writing Center web site and click on the “Make an Appointment” link at:

The Pre-Professional Office provides general feedback on your personal statement – specifically on the suitability of the theme. You may schedule an appointment with any of the Pre-Professional advisors to discuss your personal statement at your convenience using our online appointment system, Appointment Plus. Please note that advisors are only available to review personal statements until June 1. For personal statement assistance after June 1, please consult with the Writing Center.


Pre-Professional Advising’s PDF Document: Guide to Creating Effective Personal Statements

AMCAS Applicant Guide

Writing Center

Personal Statement Workshop-Dr. Jeannette Miller, Assistant Director, National Fellowships Program

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