3. Not Focusing On the Target Institution _ Many medical institutions ask residency applicants to elaborate on why they have chosen to pursue a specialty residency at that particular facility. I have found that many applicants do not pay enough attention to answering this question when it is asked. This is not a difficult thing to do these days since every medical facility/program has a website with web pages where they make a point of explaining in detail, how they are unique and different from all of their peer organizations. All an applicant has to do is spend a few minutes studying the target website to find out what that institution is saying about itself in terms of: vision, mission, philosophy, priorities, demographics, special capabilities, etc., etc. Armed with this information, it is not difficult to work some of those themes and facts into one's personal statement. This will show application reviewers that you are truly interested in their program and not just going through the motions while submitting multiple applications. Not focusing sufficiently on your target institution is another major oversight that can hurt your medical residency personal statement.
Face it there are only so many spots on the roster with the school you may be looking to gain access to. Reviewers will be looking over countless application as well as countless personal statements which allows you a great opportunity to stand out from the rest by writing a statement that is leaps and bounds above the rest. By doing so, you are giving yourself a great leg up on the competition. When you go about employing the fresh eyes others to look over your personal statement before you turn it in, you will be ensuring that your one shot to impress is in fact your best shot.