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Expert Personal Statement Development, Revision, Critique & Proofreading Services

The personal statement is essential to the success of any application for a medical residency, fellowship, master's, PhD, law or other graduate program. And it requires a lot more than simply being a good essay.

Our expert editors:

  • Possess 50+ years’ combined personal statement development, evaluation, revision, editing and proofreading experience
  • Interview program directors, attendings and admission committee members to know what they want—and don't want—to see in a personal statement
  • Are full-time employees of DLA (no freelancers)

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PS Development (Consultation
+ 3 Rounds + Final Polish)

Choose PS Development If:

  1. 1.
    You want expert, one-on-one guidance for developing your personal statement;
  2. 2.
    You have only a few notes or an incomplete draft of your personal statement; or
  3. 3.
    You don’t know where to start with your personal statement.

Supporting Information

To be able to provide the highest quality service possible, we require you provide us with a copy of your CV/resume or ERAS application, as well as additional information (e.g., Step scores) depending on the program/specialty you’re applying for.

What the Service Covers

With PS Development, we will work one-on-one with you to guide you in developing, revising and polishing your personal statement.

Step 1: The Consultation

For the consultation, we will:

  1. 1.
    Contact you within one business day to schedule your consultation;
  2. 2.
    Thoroughly review your CV/resume and any drafts or notes you provide, and will research any particular details of the program you are applying to; and
  3. 3.
    Guide you through a series of specially tailored questions to determine what to write, and how and where to write it.

After the consultation, we will send you detailed notes to serve as a guide for you to follow when composing the initial draft of your personal statement.

Step 2: Revision & Critique (up to 3 Rounds)

In each round of Revision & Critique, we will:

First, evaluate and critique the content of your personal statement. If any of it needs to be replaced and for all new content that is needed, we will tell you specifically what needs to be written, and where and how to write it.

For all the other content, we will revise and edit it for:

  • Tone, Style, Voice and Clarity
  • Thoroughly review your CV/resume and any drafts or notes you provide, and will research any particular details of the program you are applying to; and
  • Conciseness
  • Flow and Transitions
  • Sentence, Paragraph and Overall Structure

After the consultation, we will send you detailed notes to serve as a guide for you to follow when composing the initial draft of your personal statement.

Step 3: Final Polish

In the Final Polish, we will proofread the personal statement for any final adjustments to be made.

7 Days Between Rounds

After the consultation, and after each round of revision & critique, you have 7 days to make adjustments to the personal statement and submit it for the next round. (Additional days may be purchased.)

Turnaround Times

Consultation times are available 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM CT, Monday through Friday, and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Total time to completion averages 2 weeks with Normal Delivery and 1 week with Rush Delivery.

Total time to completion depends on your availability for the consultation and the time you take to prepare your personal statement for the next round.

Our business days are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-5:00 PM CT). The cutoff for the next business day is midnight CT.

PS Revision & Critique
(4 Rounds + Final Polish)

Choose PS Revision & Critique If:

  1. 1.
    You want detailed feedback and revision of your personal statement;
  2. 2.
    Your personal statement is not as concise, engaging or complete as you want it to be; or
  3. 3.
    Your personal statement is shorter than 650 words or longer than 750 words.

Supporting Information

To be able to provide the highest quality service possible, we require you provide us with a copy of your CV/resume or ERAS application, as well as additional information (e.g., Step scores) depending on the program/specialty you’re applying for

What the Service Covers

With PS Revision & Critique, we will tell you exactly the improvements needed to make your personal statement successful. We will also edit and proofread your personal statement.

Step 1: Revision & Critique (up to 4 Rounds)

In each round of Revision & Critique, we will:

First, evaluate and critique every aspect of your personal statement. The critique provides specific feedback on:

  1. The selection and development of the themes of your personal statement, relative to your experiences and personality, and the program or specialty to which you're applying;
  2. The structure, flow and development of your narrative;
  3. The tone and style of your narrative voice;
  4. The quality, quantity and relevance of your supporting details and content; and
  5. The strength, completeness and focus of your argument.

For all content needing to be replaced or added, we will tell you what needs to be written, and where and how to write it.

For all the other content, we will revise and edit it for:

  • Tone, Style, Voice and Clarity
  • Word Choice
  • Conciseness
  • Flow and Transitions
  • Sentence, Paragraph and Overall Structure

Step 2: Final Polish

In the Final Polish, we will proofread the personal statement for any final adjustments to be made.













7 Days Between Rounds

After the consultation, and after each round of revision & critique, you have 7 days to make adjustments to the personal statement and submit it for the next round. (Additional days may be purchased.)

Turnaround Times

Consultation times are available 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM CT, Monday through Friday, and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Total time to completion averages 2 weeks with Normal Delivery and 1 week with Rush Delivery.

Total time to completion depends on your availability for the consultation and the time you take to prepare your personal statement for the next round.

Our business days are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-5:00 PM CT). The cutoff for the next business day is midnight CT.

PS Evaluation (1 Round, Evaluation Only)

Choose PS Evaluation If:

  1. 1.
    You want an honest, forthright evaluation of your personal statement;
  2. 2.
    Your personal statement is of any length (up to 1,200 words); and
  3. 3.
    You do not wish to have any editing or proofreading of your personal statement.

Supporting Information

To be able to provide the highest quality service possible, we require you provide us with a copy of your CV/resume or ERAS application, as well as additional information (e.g., Step scores) depending on the program/specialty you’re applying for

What the Service Covers

With PS Evaluation, we will provide a thorough evaluation of your personal statement covering:

  • The selection and development of the themes of your personal statement, relative to your experiences and personality, and the program or specialty to which you're applying;
  • The structure, flow and development of your narrative;
  • The tone and style of your narrative voice;
  • The quality, quantity and relevance of your supporting details and content;
  • The strength, completeness and focus of your argument; and
  • Our overall opinion of your personal statement.

PS Evaluation does not include revision, editing or proofreading of your personal statement.

7 Days Between Rounds

Does not apply.

Turnaround Times

Turnaround time is 2 business days with Normal Delivery and 1 business day with Rush Delivery.

Our business days are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-5:00 PM CT). The cutoff for the next business day is midnight CT.

PS Proofreading (1 Round, Proofreading and Light
Editing Only)

Choose PS Proofreading If:

  1. 1.
    You have a finished draft of your personal statement;
  2. 2.
    Its content is concise, appropriate, engaging and complete;
  3. 3.
    Your personal statement is between 650 and 750 words; and
  4. 4.
    You want only proofreading and light editing of your personal statement.

Supporting Information

To be able to provide the highest quality service possible, we require you provide us with a copy of your CV/resume or ERAS application, as well as additional information (e.g., Step scores) depending on the program/specialty you’re applying for

What the Service Covers

With PS Proofreading, we will correct and improve your personal statement in the following areas:

  • Word Choice for Personal Statements
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Spelling/Typographical Errors
  • Identification of Superfluous Text
  • Light Editing for Syntax
  • Verb Tense
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Singular vs Plural Agreement

PS Proofreading does not include any feedback on the personal statement nor in- depth editing or revising, including to streamline or reduce the length of your personal statement.

7 Days Between Rounds

Does not apply.

Turnaround Times

Turnaround time is 2 business days with Normal Delivery and 1 business day with Rush Delivery.

Our business days are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-5:00 PM CT). The cutoff for the next business day is midnight CT.

7 Days Between Rounds

After the consultation, and after each round of revision & critique, you have 7 days to make adjustments to the personal statement and submit it for the next round. (Additional days may be purchased.)

7 Days Between Rounds

After each round of revision & critique, you have 7 days to make adjustments to the personal statement and submit it for the next round. (Additional days may be purchased.)

Turnaround Times

Consultation times are available 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM CT, Monday through Friday, and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Total time to completion averages 2 weeks with Normal Delivery and 1 week with Rush Delivery.

Total time to completion depends on your availability for the consultation and the time you take to prepare your personal statement for the next round.

Our business days are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-5:00 PM CT). The cutoff for the next business day is midnight CT.

Turnaround Times

Total time to completion averages 2 weeks with Normal Delivery and 1 week with Rush Delivery.

Total time to completion depends on the time you take to prepare your personal statement for the next round.

Our business days are Monday-Friday (8:00 AM-5:00 PM CT). The cutoff for the next business day is midnight CT.

Our Clients Get Accepted

Client Acceptance Rates

100%

Medical Fellowship

97.4%

Medical Residency

100%

Medical School

100%

Law (JD, LLM

100%

Dentistry

100%

Nursing

100%

Physician Assistant

100%

Physical Therapy

100%

Pharmacy

100%

MBA

100%

Veterinary School

100%

Other Master & PhD

* The only clients who have used our personal statement services and were not accepted into a program either ignored our suggestions
or did not meet the program’s minimum requirements.

RED FLAGS WE'VE HELPED OVERCOME

Everyone faces challenges, but not everyone overcomes them. We're experts in taking your blemishes and turning them into bright spots.

  • Low Test Scores / Failed Attempts
  • Poor Academic Performance
  • Lack of Relevant Experience
  • Medical Leaves of Absence
  • Years Since Graduation
  • Professionalism Issues
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Failure to Match
  • Multiple Medical Schools
  • Age

WORD COUNT LIMITS

< 650 Words Except for personal statements for medical fellowship or certain Canadian medical residency programs, personal statements shorter than 650 words likely lack needed development or important content.

650-725 Words: For 95% of personal statements, this is the target word count range. In certain situations (e.g., extensive relevant personal or career experiences needing to be included and/or red flags needing to be addressed), this word count can edge higher.

> 850 Words: In most cases, a personal statement longer than 850 words is too long. At a minimum, it most likely contains superfluous content and/or vague or verbose writing and needs to be streamlined to be engaging to read.

1,200 Words: If your personal statement has more than 1,200 words, it has too much content. Go back over your personal statement to remove irrelevant content or content that is of secondary priority until it is below this 1,200-word threshold, then submit it for our review.

WILL YOU WRITE MY PERSONAL STATEMENT FOR ME?

We do not write personal statements from scratch, but we do consult on, evaluate, revise, edit and proofread them as we guide you in writing yours brilliantly.

Not the best writer? Don't worry! No matter whether English is a second language or you simply have trouble writing, we will guide you in what needs to be written and how. And in our revisions, edits and proofreading, we'll help you with the English.

GET 50% OFF ADDITIONAL PERSONAL STATEMENTS

Applying to multiple specialties or programs? After the first personal statement, each additional personal statement gets a 50% discount when submitted for the same service. And they don't even have to be submitted at the same time to get the discount.

Get Started to see your fees and turnaround times for all your personal statements.

Personal Statements

Whether you're an international medical graduate seeking to overcome cultural barriers, or someone seeking a competitive edge or who simply doesn't know where to start, we know what details are needed and how to get them right.

Still have questions? See a list of our frequently asked questions or give us a call at 877-454-4957.

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