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.
Then look at some resources for writing personal statements and get some advice. There are lots of websites which will offer you advice for writing a personal statement but it is best to look at websites from reputable organisations such as UCAS or student advice websites which are well used such as The Student Room. Remember to ask your teachers, friends and family for advice. A good question to ask them is "what do you think makes me different from other people? or "how would you describe me?" because the answers often give you some interesting information that you hadn't thought about. The personal statement is not something you can write quickly so be prepared to think a lot about yourself, your qualities, skills, experience, likes and dislikes. You are unlikely to meet the people who read it so your personality needs to come though on paper; this is difficult.