Failure to comply with essay requirements _ Different schools will have different requirements when it comes to writing personal statements. Typical requirements and guidelines include the word count, number of paragraphs, fonts, document size, and deadline of submissions, among others. More than writing a personal statement that will pique the interest of your readers, following the set guidelines is no less important. By following correct instructions, you are essentially communicating to the selections board that you are willing and able to stick to the rules.
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.