Dartmouth Medical School
A Different Type Of Office
Please give a personal statement (no more than two pages) that will help the medical school admissions committee learn about you.
I hated the doctor's office. Most kids put a heating pad on their forehead so they could fake illness and stay home from school. When I'd have a fever, I'd use a damp cloth to cool myself down so I could go. I knew it shouldn't be that way. I shouldn't be afraid of the doctor.
This is why I have always known that I wanted to be a pediatrician. My goal is to make the experience for children enjoyable. My office will be different. Beanbag chairs instead of couches. The Disney Channel instead of CNN. Coloring books instead of Newsweek. All patients will be given a prescription for candy when they walk in with the instructions to "Take two M&M's and call me in the morning." The focus will be on the child from the moment he or she walks in the office.
I fear that too often, people are given their certification solely because they can pass a test and make it through the necessary training. I know many premed students who only speak science, which may be the language among doctors, but often intimidates and confuses the patient. While I do feel that a love and respect for science is paramount in the development of a good doctor, I feel that all too often the love and respect of the patients is lost...
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