The Three Common Oversights when writing medical residency personal statements: 1. Not Paying Attention To the Question _ Almost every single teaching hospital poses one or more very specific questions that they want residency applicants to answer. One has to assume that these questions were worded the way they were for a very specific reason(s). Nevertheless, you would be amazed at how many draft personal statements that I get for editing in which it appears that the applicant has not even attempted to answer the specific question(s) posed by the target institution. In fact, most draft statements I receive are generalized essays that fail to address the actual question(s) posed in the target institution's requirement statement. This is an important, if not fatal, oversight.
One caveat in using personal statement help, however, is to make sure that you don't copy these samples and pass them as your own work in your admissions essay. These guides are meant to be just that__guides. Copying someone else's written work and claiming them as your own is one form of plagiarism. Submitting a plagiarized work as a personal statement will surely put your application and your credibility at risk. By making use of sample statements wisely and effectively, there is no reason why you should not come up with a lively, informative, and well_written piece as your admissions essay.