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.
5. WRITE A STRONG CONCLUSION. Your conclusion is the last best opportunity to showcase your commitment to the profession of medicine and the long road of study ahead. It is important that your personal statement sound strong to the very last period on the page. The conclusion should "frame" your introduction, in that it refers back to the beginning of your statement, reminding the reader of who you are, where you are coming from, and re_emphasizing the significance of your over_all theme. An emphatic conclusion demonstrates consistency and brings everything full circle. Do not digress to a subordinate topic or introduce, however inadvertently, another theme altogether (which is why framing is a good way to end the statement _ it allows you to check if you are still saying the same thing you started out with). The point is to end on the high note you began with.