Highlight your accomplishments _ Some of your achievements may not fit into any categories on the application; talk about these accomplishments in the personal statement so they aren't left out. You could also use the personal statement to elaborate on an achievement that you are particularly proud of, but could not address in detail on another part of the app. Think of the personal statement as an opportunity to tell admissions officers anything you want them to know that wouldn't be perfectly clear otherwise. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself; your application is really all about selling a product__you__to the college.
2. Not Enough Focus On the Person _ When one studies the questions actually posed in the residency application requirement statements of most institutions, it doesn't take long to realize that the primary overall aim of the questions is to get to know the applicant better, both as a person, and as a medical professional. This is not surprising when you really think about it. After all, these institutions know that every applicant is a qualified recent graduate of medical school. So, rather than reading about your medical qualifications, which are already covered in your cv, they are even more interested in what you bring to the table as a person and a medical professional. Failing to focus on your personal qualities that set you apart from other applicants is another serious oversight.