Use of inappropriate topics _ There are certain topics that should not be discussed in your personal statement and, therefore, should not be included in statement samples. A tatement should not mention poor grades, political leanings, and pointless gimmicks. If an example statement includes topics about political opinions or is too lengthy to the extent that it no longer makes any sense, you need to search for a better sample online. Using a sample as a guide when writing a statement is highly useful; however, not all samples are actually reliable. By learning to pinpoint the telltale signs of a bad statement example, you can find a better sample to help you write a winning admissions essay for your college, graduate school, or law school applications.
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.