Which Documents May Have Weaknesses and How to Avoid Them
The Personal Statement
Your Personal Statement has the power to bring your entire residency application together. Currently, it is the most key document which brings you closest to residency Program Directors and Interview Committees. However, the Personal Statement also has the ability to cause major damage to your application as well if it is underestimated or poorly written. There are any number of mistakes that can hurt your Personal Statement, just a few are:
Generic Statement: Applying with one, generic Personal Statement communicates a lack of passion and interest in the specialty.
Cliche or Lack of Originality : Program Directors and Interview Committees read through thousands of Personal Statements and see the same content repeatedly. Using the same tired anecdotes or motivations will not help you stand out from the crowd.
Typos: Typos can be grammatical errors, misspelling or formatting issues.
Tips and Suggestions
Details make the difference. Everyone has stories about patients, family members falling ill, and why they chose to pursue a certain specialty. Your life and your story is what will make you stand out from other residency candidates.
Start early and revise often. Be sure to start as early as June to ensure you are creating quality Personal Statements. This gives you time to write, revise, scrap, walk away from and return to your Personal Statement.
Professional help is available. Friends and mentors can make great editors, but professional help will bring your Personal Statement to the next level of writing. Residency Statement provides both editing and full statement writing services.