Face it there are only so many spots on the roster with the school you may be looking to gain access to. Reviewers will be looking over countless application as well as countless personal statements which allows you a great opportunity to stand out from the rest by writing a statement that is leaps and bounds above the rest. By doing so, you are giving yourself a great leg up on the competition. When you go about employing the fresh eyes others to look over your personal statement before you turn it in, you will be ensuring that your one shot to impress is in fact your best shot.
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.