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.
The Separator _ Your personal statement can get you in, or leave your out, of medical school. A great medical school personal statement can set you apart from your peers. Many applicants _ coming in with similar MCAT scores and GPAs, so the deciding factor is intangibles like the personal statement. _ As an example, take a student with an MCAT score between 30┼ and a GPA between 3ሠιሳ _ The acceptance rate into a US MD school for this student is 57%.