Students are often unsure of how to write a TMDSAS personal statement that will stand out, so in this blog, we'll go over some excellent TMDSAS personal statement examples and discuss what makes them great. Keep in mind that the TMDSAS personal statement essay is limited to 5000 characters, including spaces. If you're applying to dental, veterinary or medical schools in Texas, you'll have to apply through the Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service, known as TMDSAS. Check out our blog on the ultimate guide to TMDSAS to find out everything you need to know about applying to schools using this system.
Similar to the AMCAS personal statement and the AADSAS personal statement, the TMDSAS personal statement requires applicants to discuss why they want to pursue a career in a specific field and what makes them a good fit to do so. Review our blogs, medical school acceptance rates and dental school acceptance rates to determine which schools are best suited for you. You can also check out some medical school personal statement examples, dental school personal statement examples, and residency personal statement examples to get an idea of the quality of writing and thought expected from personal statements.
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A lot of students applying to medical, dental or veterinary school in Texas are surprised to find out that Texas uses its own application service, TMDSAS. So why TMDSAS instead of AMCAS? TMDSAS was actually created first, in 1968, as the UT System Medical and Dental Application Center, two years prior to the creation of AMCAS in 1970. It was designed to be a central application service that would benefit both applicants and participating schools. While out-of-state students can apply to Texas medical schools, state legislature limits the number of non-residents who can attend medical school in Texas to 10%. This creates a rich pool of in-state applicants and because of TMDSAS, students can apply to multiple schools at once for a flat fee of $185, making it much cheaper to apply through TMDSAS compared with AMCAS. In a previous blog, we discuss the TMDSAS personal characteristics essay, one of two additional essays required for the TMDSAS.
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"48° 35’ 20” N, 115° 29’ 28” W – The GPS flashed the coordinates of my workplace for the day, Ross Creek, situated in the heart of Kootenai National Forest. I was in the middle of a summer long project to assess stream health based on the macroinvertebrate population. I dropped my backpack overflowing with bug nets, water filters and granola bars, and basked in the shade of the ancient cedars. When was the last time anyone had ventured this far? I considered myself lucky to see this hidden world suspended in time. This experience ignited my passion for discovery and interest in the unknown.
My curiosity drove me to apply to graduate school. This time; however, the path to success couldn’t be found on a GPS. My first semester challenged me academically. I struggled to balance the amount of reading in my classes with the time required to complete my experiments. I spent endless nights analyzing my flow cytometry results while trying to comprehend the difference in subpopulations of CD8+ T-cells. However, in Dr. Leslie's lab I found my stride. He reignited my desire to seek out the questions without answers. I studied a genetic mutation in CovR/S, a two-component regulatory system, which controls expression of virulence factors involved in Group A Streptococcus (GAS) pathogenesis. By the end of my thesis, my work determined a distinct effect of covS mutation on GAS disease presentation. Although my contribution to science may be, well, microscopic, the impact on my intellectual and personal growth was anything but. I left MSU an independent thinker, a confident and skilled communicator, and hungry for another adventure.
Autonomy is built into my DNA. As one of four children, my parents instilled in me at a young age to be self-sufficient and advocate for myself. I carried this philosophy with me my entire life. It was the cornerstone of my success in graduate school, and, ultimately the reason I left. The thought of a new discovery excited me, but I found the lab bench to be quite a lonely place. My accomplishments felt like mine and mine alone and I needed to feel like part of a team, a group, of anything. Both my parents served in the Air Force and their stories of the people they met and the places they traveled piqued my interest. This was it! The perfect opportunity to satisfy my appetite for exploration while working to achieve a common goal.
As a digital network analyst, I lived on the frontier of the Internet deciphering 1’s and 0’s. The job of national security is not an easy one and certainly can’t be accomplished alone. The chance to work on high priority projects was humbling, but still something was missing. I spent all day trying to understand technology meant to connect us, and yet, professionally, I couldn’t feel more detached. Operating on such a grand scale felt cold and impersonal. I looked for other ways to be of more direct service to people.
In the back of the ambulance, I struggled to hear the first “thud” of his blood pressure above the blaring sirens. The quiet I’d become accustomed to was nowhere to be found. We were dispatched for an 87-year old male patient, complaining of shortness of breath. My partner assessed his respirations while I measured his pulse oximetry. A quick exam revealed his breathing was rapid and shallow and an SpO2 of 88%. We provided oxygen, kept him warm, and transported him to the nearest hospital. By the time we arrived, his breathing had improved and speaking became easier. Our intervention worked! My partner and I functioned independently, but we cared for the patient in unison. We moved our patient to his room and as we left, he gave us a wave and a smile. In that moment, I no longer felt removed from my work. As patients detailed the pain of their worst day, I was an active participant: engaged and fully present. Their outcome depended not on my knowledge of the human body alone but also the bond we formed. A fact highlighted during my time shadowing.
Dr. John's clinic served as more of a classroom than an exam room. As many of his patients were living with HIV, he educated his patients on their illness and listened intently as they asked questions. Nothing was off limits. His openness allowed his patients the freedom to discuss difficult and embarrassing topics. The trust he established facilitated a better experience and gave his patients the tools necessary to take care of themselves. He empowered his patients to take control of their health. This experience showed me the interconnection between patient and provider and how one depends on the other.
Medicine allows me a glimpse inside the most intimate of human events. I feel a closeness that I’ve yet to experience sitting behind a computer or a microscope. No longer analyzing my subject from afar but up close and personal. Armed with a GPS, I navigated the trails of Montana easily. In medicine, the path isn’t as clearly marked which is why I’m applying to medical school. I’m eager to learn more, do more, and explore uncharted territory."
- This statement example is great because it checks off all of the critical points a personal statement should include such as a creative opening, personal experiences, and a great flow. The opening paragraph is quite unique, starting with GPS coordinates, as a reader you're instantly intrigued to find out where the location is and where the story is going. It's very descriptive and interesting, allowing for full submersion.
- Personal experiences are well demonstrated as the applicant does a great job of using specific examples, such as working in Dr. Leslie's lab, as a digital analyst, and as a paramedic to showcase different qualities and skills. The fact that the applicant chose to discuss experiences that are completely different and unique, both in their roles and responsibilities, is an excellent approach for showing flexibility and adaptability.
- The essay flows extremely well and takes the reader on a chronological journey through the applicant's life. Additionally, the connection the applicant makes to the opening in the end really brings the paper together. It is clear that the applicant has strong motivations for pursuing medicine. This is shown through the applicant's continual drive to learn more, explore, and find the path to doing something they are truly passionate about.
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- This essay has a great flow with excellent transitional sentences to the following paragraphs. Each paragraph serves its purpose and allows the reader to follow along on the applicant’s journey in chronological order. The student does a great job of describing their initial interest in medicine, and throughout the essay, we see how this interest grows and evolves to become passion and dedication. Most importantly, this essay does what it promises. In the opening paragraph, the applicant states that they have had the opportunity to experience healthcare from multiple different perspectives, throughout the essay, we see each of these perspectives discussed.
- Through examples, the applicant demonstrates their ability to self-reflect, a desirable skill the admissions committee will be interested in. For example, although the applicant discusses an unfortunate event that they witnessed, they don't play the victim. Instead, the applicant immediately discusses what they appreciated and learned from the situation.
- Another great aspect of this personal statement is that the applicant demonstrates their ability to look ahead to set and achieve future goals, an important quality the admissions committee will be assessing.
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- This essay does a wonderful job of showcasing the students unique skill-set through concrete examples. The student discusses their shadowing experience, medical volunteering abroad and lab research which makes the reader value their varied experiences in the medical field.
- It's nice to see family importance, values and the applicant's desire to heal throughout the essay. The opening paragraph is general, and as the essay progresses, we learn of the applicant's specific experiences and how they are deeply connected to a career in medicine.
- The conclusion, in particular, is very strong. Instead of just altering the introduction, the applicant provides an in-depth summary that ties together all the aspects we already saw demonstrated in earlier paragraphs. The applicant also does a good job of demonstrating self-reflection, in particular, what they have learned from each experience previously discussed. They leave the reader with a lasting feeling that they are truly motivated to be the best version of themselves and provide the best care possible.
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