Personal Statement Prompts & Checklist

“Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in past lives.”

– James Joyce



Word-Smithing a Strong Personal Statement

To use White Coat Checklist’s proprietary guide to a strong personal statement, please complete each of the following prompts in 5-10 sentences. We strongly recommend you complete each written response on your own before cross-checking your initial attempts at self-reflection against our ‘Safeguard Questions’ designed to ensure that you are considering third-party viewpoints during the composition process.

Primer Question 1:

Dr. Sara Murray Jordan, the first woman president of the American Gastroenterological Association, once described her patient care approach with the statement, “In medicine, as in statecraft and propaganda, words are sometimes the most powerful drugs we can use.” To what extent have you used…

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