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.
A personal statement can make or break you application, so taking the time to carefully write and edit your information is crucial. Follow these tips to create a stellar statement that will clarify and strengthen your application, not make it less appealing. Use your statement to address any unattractive parts of your application _ Most of your college application will entail listing your accomplishments; you won't have much room to describe details of each activity. If you have to leave part of you app blank__sports involvement, for example__your application can seem less impressive. In a situation like this, you could use the personal statement component to talk about why you never got involved with athletics. A good reason for your lack of participation will help you compete with other applicants.