5. WRITE A STRONG CONCLUSION. Your conclusion is the last best opportunity to showcase your commitment to the profession of medicine and the long road of study ahead. It is important that your personal statement sound strong to the very last period on the page. The conclusion should "frame" your introduction, in that it refers back to the beginning of your statement, reminding the reader of who you are, where you are coming from, and re_emphasizing the significance of your over_all theme. An emphatic conclusion demonstrates consistency and brings everything full circle. Do not digress to a subordinate topic or introduce, however inadvertently, another theme altogether (which is why framing is a good way to end the statement _ it allows you to check if you are still saying the same thing you started out with). The point is to end on the high note you began with.
Over the past decade I have written and/or edited scores of medical residency personal statements for MDs applying for medical specialty residency positions at dozens of teaching hospitals. Although it was never my intention to become an expert on writing these documents, that qualification just sort of evolved naturally over the years. Not long after I set up my two main "writing help" websites and started to create my series of writing_help how_to books, MD's from all around the world started inquiring as to whether I could help them write or edit their medical residency personal statements. As a professional business writer who had already published a book on how to write college admission essays, I found the transition to medical residency personal statements to be pretty straightforward. That's because, in the final analysis, it really IS all about how best to communicate a specific message in writing, regardless of the particular application. It wasn't long after I started receiving these draft residency personal statements and personal letters from MDs, until I noticed that there were three areas in particular where a lot of the applicants were missing the mark when drafting their statements. Consequently, the following are what I have come refer to as: