What in my past did I have to overcome to be where I am today? Can I relate these experiences to my goals for the future or my motivation? Who are my influencers and role models and why? Remember these don't have to be famous people; they could be a neighbor, sibling or your parents. What are my career goals? Why do I want to continue my studies? When and why am I interested in my chosen field of study? How has this shaped me so far and what has it taught me about myself? Are there weaknesses in my application? Do I have gaps or inconsistencies on my academic records that I can explain? What are th e strengths of my application? Do I have awards, recommendations or honors that are relevant which I should mention? Field experience: _ Internships and jobs relevant to my field of study including skills learned and experience gained Has my field experience prepared me for my future career _ how so? _ What social services/volunteer programs have I been involved in? What did these teach me in general and about myself? Did these relate to my field of study? _What extracurricular activities have I been involved in and have they contributed to my studies or professional goals?
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.