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.
Conducting a read_through _ A read_through is extremely important. It allows you to step back and examine the points you have made and their relation to the theme and the entire essay. For example, you might discover a certain section that did not help at all in supporting your main theme, or some details that could be better placed in the CV instead. Some even prefer to read their essay aloud or have it read to them so that they can spot lapses or gaps in coherence.