3. Not Focusing On the Target Institution _ Many medical institutions ask residency applicants to elaborate on why they have chosen to pursue a specialty residency at that particular facility. I have found that many applicants do not pay enough attention to answering this question when it is asked. This is not a difficult thing to do these days since every medical facility/program has a website with web pages where they make a point of explaining in detail, how they are unique and different from all of their peer organizations. All an applicant has to do is spend a few minutes studying the target website to find out what that institution is saying about itself in terms of: vision, mission, philosophy, priorities, demographics, special capabilities, etc., etc. Armed with this information, it is not difficult to work some of those themes and facts into one's personal statement. This will show application reviewers that you are truly interested in their program and not just going through the motions while submitting multiple applications. Not focusing sufficiently on your target institution is another major oversight that can hurt your medical residency personal statement.
F. Polishing your essay _ After going through the steps above, you now have in your hands a working draft of your essay. Definitely, however, it is not yet in its best form. At this point, some sections may sound illogical or incongruous with the rest. The entire essay may not be as coherent as you wish it to be, or it may be plagued by too many paragraphs containing three or four sentences. Do not be disheartened, for this is the time that you enter the next phase and begin polishing your essay.