Editing — Personal Statement for Medical School Applications

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I offer specialized editing services for personal statements needed for medical school applications. In addition to basic copyediting, I perform structural editing — a specialized type of substantive editing. A strong, error-free personal statement that sells your core character traits, while possessing readability and narrative flow, will greatly improve your chances of acceptance.

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I offer specialized editing services for personal statements needed for medical school applications. In addition to basic copyediting, I perform structural editing — a specialized type of what others call substantive editing. (I say “structural editing” because I have a specific, unique process for isolating and altering the core structure of your document for maximum clarity and effect.)

NOTE: You need to already have a complete rough draft of your personal statement before purchasing this service. Do NOT purchase this service if you do not already have a rough draft. Feel free to write a draft that is too long, because I will shorten it naturally in the course of editing.

I have worked as a consultant on drafting and revising these statements for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine and have noticed that a few core aspects make a massive difference in terms of separating a strong, effective statement from a weaker one.

I perform three editing passes on your personal statement:

(1) Revisions for narrative framing and flow. Personal statements are unique among the documents you have to prepare for medical school applications in that they are supposed to tell a story. The story of how you have come to this point in your life — what experiences have led you to apply yourself to pursuing a specific medical program and specialization. Even if you are a strong writer, you may not have the specific skills that a short story writer would have — and those are the skills you need, because you need to know how to (a) enliven your examples through evocative details and (b) frame your experiences in the context of a larger personal narrative.

(2) Revisions to highlight core character traits. Personal statements are stories, but they are also essays. My second editing pass focuses on drawing out three to five core character traits that you select as the main reasons why you would be a good candidate for a future career in medicine. These traits must be framed in a thesis-like statement, and you must “prove” you actually possess them through the course of your narrative (three or four should be explicitly stated and addressed, each in turn, while another can be noted as fundamental throughout). You need to use specific keywords and phrases, in a particular order, and return to them at certain times (and not too often!) throughout your statement. Balancing this essayistic structure and the personal story style is the most difficult aspect of writing these personal statements.

(3) Copyediting. On the final pass, I will focus on attention to particular details, such as grammar and character count.

While I cannot guarantee acceptance to a medical program (there are other parts of your application, and many factors that programs consider), having a strong, error-free personal statement that sells your core character traits, while possessing readability and narrative flow, will greatly improve your chances of acceptance.

If you have any questions about this service before purchasing, please email me at jonathan@jonathanball.com.

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