Defining My Goals

SUPPLEMENTAL PERSONAL STATEMENT (REQUIRED):How will you evaluate your success as a medical student? (Please submit on a separate sheet of paper, do not exceed one page.)Using a general format similar to the one below, give us a chronological account of your major activities and employment, including volunteer and summer activities, for the five years immediately preceding your proposed entry to medical school. (Please submit on a separate sheet of paper, do not exceed one page.)


As a visionary, I create challenging goals for myself and give them top priority. I have very specific goals I wish to accomplish in medical school before earning the privilege of become a doctor. I plan to evaluate my success on not only the fulfillment of these goals but also their evolution throughout the course of my medical education.

One of my goals is to cultivate my passion for the sciences through a combination of research and learning. The field of medicine is constantly growing with the emergence of new knowledge, technologies, and medications from research. In a fast paced modern health environment, keeping up-to-date on medical innovations is necessary for doctors to provide the most effective care for their patients. I will seek a strong foundation in the basic sciences and complement my medical education with research. By taking advantage of research opportunities, I will be able to realize my creative potential, enhance my knowledge of research methodology, and prepare for a career in medical advancement and discovery.

My second goal is to develop the cultural competence needed to practice medicine in any cultural or geographic setting. The proportion of minorities in the U.S. continues to expand, increasing the...

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