Personal Statement for Residency Applicants

Personal Statement is your story as a person in the context of specialty you are applying to. Remember it is both a cover letter for a job and statement for training.

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Aug 30, 2021
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Mindset

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  • You are applying for a job
  • It is substitute for Cover Letter
  • It is about knowing you in terms of:
    • Passion, Purpose, Person (3Ps)
  • One page that defines you as person
  • It is subjective; NOT objective
  • It is soft skills; NOT hard skills

What NOT to do

  • Length Max one page - Times new roman - Size 12 Font
  • Regurgitate your CV [it is after someone has reviewed your CV]
  • Why Medicine [ No Need, this if for Medical School Applicants]
    • Write about speciality - In internal medicine (sub-speciality)
  • Making grammatical errors, spelling mistakes

Structure

It is a story about "You"
  • Section 1 [Person] (Optional)
    • What drives you as a person (first paragraph)
      • Compassion, Trust, evidence-based, Human connection/interaction
  • Section 2 [Why Subspecialty]
    • Final Frontier, Cutting edge in research, Complete spectrum of practice, Ability to practice in value based and resource limited settings
    • Avoid cliches' - Localization in Neurology, Tumor diagnosis in Radiology
  • Section 3 [What - Who]
    • Subspecialty requirements for e.g. Detail oriented, research, innovation
    • Tie with your own personality traits that makes you a good Fit
      • Detail oriented, Hardworking, Compassionate, Team Player with example
  • Section 4 [Job]
    • I am looking for a program "THAT" because it meet my goals of "THIS"
  • Section 5 [Thanks]
    • I am grateful for your time to review my application and you will find me engaged learner if I match in your program and you will be proud to call me a student

Process

  • Read, read & read - A lot of examples
  • Write > Re-write > Re-write > Re-write
  • Get reviewed for content - Only with Good friends and Mentors
    • Everyone has advise and critique (Stay true to yourself)
  • Get reviewed for writing - flow, sentence structure, grammar
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"If anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind"
"If anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind"

💡 Learn


🎥 YouTube
💌 Newsletter
🎓 Academy
📝 Blog

👨‍⚕️ Connect


👥 LinkedIn
🕊️ Twitter
👋 Facebook
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