Sample Medical School Essays
This section contains two sample medical school essays
Medical School Essay One
"Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the assistance of my colleagues and our industrial partners at Siemens and Radionics who were instrumental in the completion of this research project, " I said concluding my presentation at the annual fall meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society last month in October. Although I felt nervous before my first oral presentation at a professional conference, afterwards I felt an overwhelming sense of joy and accomplishment. All the hard work and late nights in the lab had finally paid off.
In my research, I am involved with the interventional MRI project at [major hospital] where MR images are used to guide and monitor minimally invasive therapies such as localized biopsy and thermal ablation of cancerous tumors. My research topic is on the spatial calibration procedure and the interactive scan plane localization for device tracking in a low-field open MR imager. In the course of my research, I developed a unique and accurate method of defining spatial coordinates inside the imaging volume of the open MR imager, which led to the publication and presentation of two separate abstracts at two different professional conferences in Sydney, Australia and Cleveland, Ohio.
My strong scientific research background and my clear understanding of the basic concepts of scientific inquiry and method will help me become a good physician. Having learned the technical aspects of biomedical science for the last six years, I am anxious to start learning about the clinical aspects of biomedical science. To me, a medical degree does not merely mean that I have survived four rigorous years of medical school and have something tangible to show my family. To me a medical degree has much more significance. A medical degree means that I can make a daily contribution to society by utilizing my education to help others in need.
Perhaps even more important to my academic accomplishments are my experiences outside the classroom. Being a minority student, I understand the importance of diversity. As an active member of the Asian-American Student Association at [major university], I helped to promote ethnic diversity and cultural awareness on campus. Our Chinese Cultural Committee sponsored the Chinese New Year event on campus to promote cultural awareness at the school's international fair. Our group featured not only traditional Chinese food but also a Chinese fashion show and a demonstration of Chinese kung fu. Furthermore, our association organized several volunteering trips to serve food to the homeless at a local soup kitchen in Nashville.
In graduate school at [major university], I continued with my involvement in diversity-related issues by serving as a student representative on the Faculty Senate Minority Affairs Committee as a part of my duty as a senator in the Graduate Student Senate. I was involved in organizing a special event on "Strategies for Success in Graduate School" for minority students. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Howard Adams, founder and director of the National Institute on Mentoring and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. I also engaged in a discussion of diversity content in the curriculum of Arts and Sciences and helped with the planning of a student-faculty roundtable discussion of how diverse students learn. Moreover, our committee cosponsored a special dialogue on race as part of the President's Initiative on Race entitled "[major university] Talks About Race."
If given the opportunity, I will bring my experience and enthusiasm in promoting diversity to the Rush community. Moreover, I sincerely believe my work ethic and considerable research experience will help make me an outstanding medical student and will enable me to contribute to the educational experience of other students at Rush Medical School.
Medial School Essay Two
As a potential medical student, I will strive to be a tremendous asset to The Chicago Medical School by devoting all my time and life to becoming an excellent physician. I believe that I am obligated to use my talents in a constructive manner, in a manner that benefits society. The medical career gives me the unique opportunity to express my many talents while benefiting human life.
B. Berston M.D. once said: " ... a funny thing happens to medical students on their way to becoming physicians: they forget how to hold a conversation". I believe that my ability to communicate makes me well suited to pursue a medical career. While I possess the strong science background necessary for success in the profession, I also consider myself a "people" person. As a waiter and bartender, I dramatically improved and expanded my communication skills since I was constantly meeting new people and discussing different topics. Because people constantly disclosed their personal issues to me as a bartender, I learned to become not only a good conversationalist, but also an excellent listener.
In medical school, I also plan to pursue side work educating students and serving as a resource to the public. One of my most rewarding experiences has been tutoring high school students in math, physics, and biology, and helping people in my choir learn Byzantine music. Always able to develop a good rapport with students, I believe I possess a talent for teaching others in a friendly manner and in a manner that helps them to grasp difficult concepts easily. As part of my medical career, I will aim to continue teaching and to provide information to the public on the prevention and treatment of ailments and diseases.
Undoubtedly my cultural diversity will be a great contribution to The Chicago Medical School. Being raised in a Greek family in Canada, visiting different countries, and now living in the United States, I have experienced the similarities and differences among many diverse cultural groups and geographical areas. This allowed me to relate to different types of people by understanding their ways and beliefs, a quality that will help me work well with other medical students and help me serve my patients better in the future.
Highly motivated to succeed, I dramatically improved my grades following a time of confusion and immaturity in 1990 and 1991,which was brought on by family illness and turmoil. Once I realized what goal I wanted to pursue in life, I worked hard to succeed, and my remaining five years of schooling are truly indicative of my intellectual capacity and motivation for success. My strength as a candidate to The Chicago Medical School lies mostly in the objectives that I plan to fulfill upon becoming a physician. They are, in no particular order of importance, as follows:
- To provide excellence in comprehensive care by using my acquired skills as both a competent professional and also as a compassionate human being.
- To cultivate my leadership role both in the community of my practice and in the nation to formulate and maintain health care principles and advancements.
- To employ the latest knowledge and techniques in detection and prevention of disease, and the restoration of health.
- To develop and employ methods to take care of an aging population.
- To show reverence for human beings by giving excellent care to all
- To forever expand my knowledge through experience, continuing education courses, and research.
I have been diligent in my pursuit of medicine as a career because I am convinced that medicine offers me the opportunity to live a fulfilling, rewarding life dedicated to helping others. I will enter medicine eager to learn and thirsting for the knowledge to help my fellow human beings. Attending The Chicago Medical School would be one of the greatest rewards for my motivation and persistence for success. I swear to uphold and exceed all that is expected of a future physician while promoting the progress of medicine and humanity.
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