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.
E. Writing the draft _ Now that you have identified a theme, prepared an outline, and created a list of all the information you need, you can integrate them into an essay. This is the time to thresh out the ideas you have listed and combine them into manageable paragraphs that can be revised and re_revised later on. When writing your draft, a very important thing to consider is to write first and edit later. Do not worry about word count limit at this point, as you might prematurely edit your essay and unwittingly remove interesting or important information.