The goal of a PS is to present useful information, thus all or just a little of the information listed below should typically be included in a PS: _ A brief educational background; _ The reasons for choosing your major, what interests you about your chosen subject, and the details of what you have read about the subject; _ The career plans you have laid out upon completion of the program; _ Employment experience, voluntary work done, particularly if it is relevant to the subject, and the skills and experiences gained from these activities; _ Any involvement in enrichment activities such as special trainings or "camps", and _ Extracurricular activities, social, sports, or leisure interests. To further aid you in the task of identifying important information for inclusion, consider the following:
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.