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.
The entire college admission process is grueling and psychologically taxing, but little is worse off than writing the personal statement for college applications. At first, you may think that the personal statement for college is going to be easy; just sit down and write a few words about what inspires you, or what you want to accomplish, etc and that's it. However, personal statements for college are more than that. You see, the fact is that when you are in high school, you probably have not much to do as far as writing is concerned. You could easily breeze through on the five paragraph essay, and write an endless series of meaningless papers, getting straight A's, as well as they are properly organized and formatted.