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:
How do you write a medical school personal statement that will capture your reader? You need to be in tune with your audience and you need to be willing to completely clear your mind from all of your worries, doubts, fears, apprehensions, expectations of what you think a medical school essay should be, and you've got to come at it from the point of view of this older, experienced, seasoned, maybe cynical admissions committee member who has read 5ꯠ essays, and is kind of dreading having to read another medical personal statement.