When you are trying to get into a university, a grad school, or even a specialty school, more times than not a personal statement is required. The first thing that you need to do before you begin to write your personal statement is to write down all of your thoughts. After that is done you can begin to edit your work. You may want to believe that your first thoughts are gold, but in order to write a successful personal statement you must edit it often.
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.