One of the great challenges of the residency application process is writing a personal statement. It sounds simple enough on the surface: a 1-page essay that sets you apart from the other applicants and makes the program director eager to meet you. But it seems that nothing induces writer’s block faster than asking a medical student to write about him- or herself. Continue reading
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Most of the adjectives below are very general adjectives. When used in an essay, they are so nonspecific that they do not adequately describe an emotional response or experience. Others are sufficiently descriptive, but are used so often that they become generic descriptors. Continue reading
In our series on writing the personal statement for residency application, we thought it would be a good addition to have a section on writing technique. Below are some suggestions that have not yet showed up in the blog series, along with examples to help you with some of the recommendations. Continue reading
Do some inner assessment to help you begin your personal statement. This exercise is also helpful for interview season. This will help you generate ideas, stories, and themes for your personal statement.