The Three Common Oversights when writing medical residency personal statements: 1. Not Paying Attention To the Question _ Almost every single teaching hospital poses one or more very specific questions that they want residency applicants to answer. One has to assume that these questions were worded the way they were for a very specific reason(s). Nevertheless, you would be amazed at how many draft personal statements that I get for editing in which it appears that the applicant has not even attempted to answer the specific question(s) posed by the target institution. In fact, most draft statements I receive are generalized essays that fail to address the actual question(s) posed in the target institution's requirement statement. This is an important, if not fatal, oversight.
A personal statement is a critical requirement when it comes to applying to the college, university, or graduate school of your choice. Your personal essay will allow the selections board to determine whether you are well_suited to the course or field of study or you have enough experience and interest to make you a good candidate for the slot. At this point in the application, you will no longer be able to do anything about your grades, extra_curricular experience, and your overall academic standing. However, there are some things you can do to make your personal essay stand out from the rest.