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.
How to write a medical school personal statement that works: Let go of all of your worries and your doubts and come at it from the point of view that you have read 5ꯠ medical school essays in your life and you know they're all about the same thing. (I want to be a doctor, I want to help people.) You've got to stand away from that position and really develop your medical school personal essay as though it were a dialogue between you and your reader. But since you can't wait for the reader to ask you questions, you have to anticipate what they might say by mentally asking yourself questions and answering them. So what are the questions that a medical school admissions committee member might ask you in a conversation?