The AMCAS essays a huge part of your MD PhD application, and ties together your application. As I researched the previous post, I came across a number of professional services that sought to help medical school applicants write their personal statement for a fee. As a high school student, I received some essay advice from a college counselor, but I was very unsatisfied with the service. The counselor she really didn’t like my essay; however, I made no changes, and got in to my first choice school.
A follow up to the previous post, I wanted how often MD/PhD applicants receive professional essay help–beyond their professors and science colleagues.
Is it effective to seek advice from professional essay/admissions counselors? Fee-for-service arrangements create an access issue: is this fair?Â The extent of editing suggestions that some counselors offer border on co-authorship: is this ethical and should AMCAS require disclosures?
For example, a testimonial on theessaydoctor.com suggests that these fee-for-service arrangements have a significant impact on the final wording of the essay:
My professional editor really improved my essay. She made corrections, deletions and included new wording and phrasing that helped me better express my career goals. Being able to communicate with my editor by email to ask further questions was very important. I really think that using your service was invaluable and it helped me achieve my dreams! I can’t believe I am actually an MD/PhD student now!”
- Accepted to the Rutgers University MD/PhD Program and University of Michigan Medical School.
We’re interested in your experiences and thoughts.