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.
Here are five important tips to consider when composing your draft: _ Do not include information that does not support and complement your theme. _ Do not try to impress your reader with your vocabulary. _Do not launch into a lengthy discussion explaining your low GPA or test scores. Instead, try to focus on more positive experiences. _ Do not invent information, exaggerate, or make things up. _ Do not be afraid to start over if the draft you produce is not satisfactory.