I would recommend you to grab a coffee☕, relax💆🏽 and enjoy 🧘🏻♂️the reading.
It’s kind of a long post, but you follow it top to bottom, you will create an 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗦 that will differentiate from the crowd!
This is your opportunity to stand out from everybody else!
At the bottom of the post you will find my own Personal Statement
𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐮𝐲𝐬 so much and feel that we have 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭 during this time that I started making my posts, so I don’t mind sharing my personal stuff with you
I also mention:
•What you should and should not include?
•What wording to use?
•Tips & phrases for each specialty.
I start my OB/GYN residency July 1 - You can 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 my daily 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 as a resident in NYC on my Instragram @doctor.sebas
I wanted to get this post done before that, because then I'll be very busy.
The "𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁" is your personal essay where you describe why you like the specialty, enriching your personal experiences and virtues that distinguish you as a human, doctor and professional, it should reproduce a picture of you.
For me, this was something completely new because this was never part of the requirements during my medical carrier and jobs in Argentina 🇦🇷 and I did not know exactly on what it consisted of or how to do it.
But here, in the US 🇺🇸, it is very common to get asked for your "𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁" as one of the requirements to apply for schools, universities, student housing and different kind of jobs. It’s used in many areas, not only in the medical field.
It is a way to highlight virtues of your personality and share personal experiences that are not included in the CV and thus distinguishing yourself and stand out from the crowd.
PDs don’t want to see just numbers (your scores), or just the way someone else described you on a LORs. They also want to get to know you as a person, they want to know who you are, how do you describe yourself other than scores, school and your job.
You will join their team for at least 3 years and you live tons of new experience with them. You all will laugh, cry, spend Hollidays, birthdays and celebrate with them!
Become part of their family and they want to make sure that you are someone that will get along well.
My personal opinion is that despite so many requirements to select the best candidate and avoid unprofessional and/or underperforming individuals,
The same behavior patterns are always seen everywhere in the world regardless of the selection system:
•People that are mediocre, non-workers, greedy or trouble makers.
•Really hard working, outstanding, charismatic, selfless, extraordinary people.
I want you to 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 the that incredible, extraordinary, outstanding individual - That will make history & be a legend
Also, I have seen more than one individual who 𝐰𝐚𝐬 very charismatic during their interviews, with great credentials, amazing scores and an outstanding "personal statement", and then turned out to be a problematic resident with his peers as well as in his academic interactions and work performance.
Being a resident is very different from being a student.
The resident has a heavy workload, greater responsibilities, needs to be efficient and study in the little time that remains. The programs hope to detect some of these capabilities and other virtues in your "personal statement".
A Program Director from a Hospital in New York City told me that they had to fire an OB/GYN resident because he was making up notes, saying that he saw some patients followed up with them, when he actually didn’t even see them!! 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗧𝗘𝗟𝗬 𝗨𝗡𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗟 & 𝗪𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗚!! You studied and worked so much to get here and you will do something like this??? Well apparently... believe or not some people do it!
If you are applying this year and don't have research experience, then work on a great Personal Statement, and this it what 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲! 💪
Ok let’s get to the point now:
When writing your Personal Statement check your grammar 1000 times, have doctors and non-doctors read it! If you don’t know anyone – Hire someone from the internet! But have your PS reviewed please.
NEVER SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT WITH GRAMMATICAL ERRORS!!
Despite all the existing information and editorial services offered on the Internet about and for the "𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀," there are people (nationals and foreigners) who send them with spelling and grammatical errors, or with negative descriptions about their personality, family environment or 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, among other things.
All the above aspects are “warning signs” or "red flags"
They can automatically discard you from an interview or generate questions about it during the interview.
"What you say about other people says way more about you than the people you talk about"
•Limit your "personal statement" to one page (each program has its requirements 500, 600, 650 words, one page, etc.)
•Watch the spelling and grammar.
-•Do not repeat your CV information.
•Write a 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 that will ready grab the readers attention
•Follow the following format, without losing the coherence
Format of the "Personal Statement:
2. 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡: 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
A sentence describing why you want to do this certain specialty.
Other people recommend talking about yourself and your family and why you chose to be a doctor (the latter is widely used so try to write it in an original manner with a catchy first paragraph, if it takes up a lot of space you can ignore the reasons of why you chose to study medicine and focus on why you felt in love in the specialty that you are applying for).
3. 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡: 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 in your life, college, medical school or Hospital work, that helped you choose this specialty (related to the introduction) and what subjects you liked the most and why.
You can also add your extracurricular activities or volunteer work (they reflect the development of certain skills and characteristics of your personality).
In the USA, direct contact with low-income or rural individuals is not so accessible and infrequent and many students do volunteer work inside and outside the country to be able to live these experiences (in addition to look good in the CV).
In 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, medical students are constantly working with low-income and rural populations under deplorable working conditions, thus strengthening their ability to solve problems constantly and effectively, in addition to exposing themselves to the care of certain types of diseases and unique experiences.
Experiences in the amazon rainforest, if you helped during a landslide or earthquake, medical care for prisoners or in dangerous areas, you can even add if you volunteered for COVID-19, etc.
Take the most out of these experiences and capabilities in your "personal statement".
Here in the US you would have to volunteer to have these experiences.
Doctors 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 to 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 of stories, so 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 for your 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.
My former PI from Cedars Sinai (a great doctor and very well-known surgeon, that studied in Mayo Clinic) told me many times to mention my home town experiences working as a doctor - on my PS - since that’s some experience that lack a lot of applicants.
If you are an 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐈𝐌𝐆𝐬 but have a lot of experience in your field, 𝐃𝐄𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐘 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐈𝐓!!
4. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡: 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐖𝐡𝐲?
Focus on issues such as:
Continuity of medical care, preventive medicine, promoting healthcare, dealing with patients, preference to treat patients of a certain age (Eg, if you are applying to peds), how good are you with your hands (Eg, if you are applying to a surgical specialty), the challenges that you like about this kind of residency, how you would like to contribute and improve the system, etc.
5. 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
Academic quality, research, teaching opportunities and diversity in the patient population of the hospital and the program that you are going to apply to, etc.
Some doctors told me to BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS PART or NOT EVEN ADD IT! Since you may sound prepotent, and also they ones that will make the choice are them not you.
6. 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡: (𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡)
•Conclusion including why they should choose you
•What something different you will bring to the table compared to all the other candidates
•Where do you see yourself in the future?
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Include only pertinent information and keep it simple.
• Include titles to help with the story telling and also makes it easier to read.
• Remember that original stories set you apart and distinguish you from many other excellent students that only mention their academic achievements. Also mention particular traits like being a musician, athlete, writer, etc.
• Make sure there is consistency between the "personal statement" and the CV.
But your PS is not your CV, so don’t mention anything in your PS anything that you have on your CV regarding grades, publications, etc.
I already made on my page www.doctorsebas.com a big post about 17+ ways to improve your CV, that you can find clicking here.
The only thing that you could talk about related to your CV is explaining why you failed an exam; your PS is the only place where you have the opportunity to clarify that.
• Check spelling and grammar.
• Present your information in a positive way.
People don’t care about your unresolved failures; they want to know about your successful stories and how you overcame those failures.
• Double space it.
• Use an easy to read typeface (Arial, Helvetica).
• Always use the same typeface and size.
• Show your "personal statement" to several people that you consider good on correcting grammar, spelling and who can give you a valuable feedback.
• Read it yourself multiple times.
•Have others read it multiple times
WHAT NOT TO DO:
• Don't use colloquial language.
• Don't write a very short or long "Personal Statement".
• Do not use abbreviations.
• Do not mention sex or race (although this may be evident when mentioning your nationality).
• Do not mention your social security number (Americans)
• Don't mention negative traits of your personality, family or education.
• Don’t look as an arrogant or conceited person
• Do not write everything with capital letters or different letter styles.
• Don't start all sentences with "I."
• Don't mention why you don't like other specialties or list negative characteristics about them.
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS SPECIALTY?
Mention different aspects that you like about it.
Here is a 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 of the reasons for some specialties - Remember that 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗮 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 and that you should create your own "personal statement".
𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲 any exact model because the 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐬 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 about these models online and you will be automatically discarded.
Incredibly challenging and fulfilling, intellectually challenging, my interest in____ was solidified the first day I started my ____ rotation, ... captivated my interest in _____ (specialty), the discipline also fosters teaching and mentorship, there are diagnostic challenges to this field, such a multi-disciplinary field and thus offers me the unique ability to learn from peers in many areas of medicine, ______ is a very challenging profession.
Considered intellectuals, thinkers, and problem-solvers: Interaction with patients in the clinical setting, master diagnostician, medical consultant to other specialties, wide variety of subspecialty possibilities, versatility, long term relationship with patients, challenges, liking to treat adult patients, variety of illnesses to treat.
Preference for the study of basic sciences: Pathologist are intellectually curious (this is valid to add for other specialties too), pathology is intellectually challenging, study diseases of all organ systems, diverse fellowship (or subspecialty or fields) possibilities such as microbiology, transfusion medicine, hemato-pathology, gastro-pathology, dermato-pathology, etc.
Study of diseases at the cellular level. Good photographic memory.
Don't mention the fact that you don't have to be on duty, have no contact with patients, or have fewer hours of work.
You may seem low-working and comfortable. In addition, there is a tendency that many people apply or switch to pathology because they believe that it will be easy and very comfortable. Pathology in other ways has large workloads and you must have good interactions and communication with other specialists and with patients (you have to go to the patient's room to obtain the bone marrow biopsies or to place peripheral access for transfusion medicine).
Preference to treat pediatric patients, I enjoy their unique developmental and health care challenges, I have always enjoyed teaching young patients and parents, it is exciting to me to educate a child and the whole family on the principles of exercise and a healthy diet, the degree of illnesses and the variety of patient age makes pediatrics extremely appealing to me, a pediatrician is a unique blend of both healthcare provider and educator.
Intrigued by the life experiences of my patients; During medical school I enjoyed the courses involving neuroscience and human behavior.
Patient encounters became more fascinating to me when associated with the feelings, thoughts and emotions beyond the presenting symptoms.
OB/GYN: [𝗠𝗬 𝗦𝗣𝗘𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗬 😁]
Provides a unique combination of surgery and medicine, opportunity to work with women on the challenging issues they face throughout life from family planning, childbirth to menopause cancer and surgery and incontinency, interest in the psychological, biological and social aspects of pregnancy, opportunity to care for women of all ages.
Long term relationship with your patients: “I will be able to care for women from adolescence to beyond retirement, thus making a change in them & education”.
This is me on the photo while writing my 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 & drinking some 𝗬𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗲 😁 🇦🇷
Thrilled by the fact that I could directly and physically contribute to the health of my patient, the matter of having a sharp eye and a quick mind, general surgery integrates physical ability, commitment, and medicine in a patient care environment that is both intense and extremely rewarding, general surgery is problem-focused and the surgeon is generally asked to address just one of these problems.
I am drawn to the dynamics of short-term relationships and the trust which must be earned with limited contact, I was captivated (drawn) by the intensity of patient management in a critical care setting, and the practical application of pharmacology to modulate ever-changing physiologic states, The anesthesiologist is an equal member of the surgery team, anesthesiologists can intubate patients in life-threatening situations alleviate a patient's pain through regional anesthesia, and establish vascular lines in often very challenging situations.
I have a good understanding of 3D spatial relationships, physics, radiation levels, and what imaging studies to order for different illnesses, the unique technology involved, and the behind-the-scenes work of the radiologist were some of the qualities that appealed to me, I enjoyed the breadth of imaging options available, and admired the skill required to interpret them, radiologists must ascertain and maintain exceptional technical skills, the constant technological advancements within the field dictate that radiologists must be adaptable and dedicated to continuously educate themselves and keep informed of all new developments
It's funny but... the 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 you work - the "𝐥𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐞𝐫" you get 💫
PHRASES FOR YOUR CONCLUSION:
•My keen interest in learning and exploring new research opportunities will be an asset to your program. I look forward to discussing my application and your program further during an interview.
•I am drawn to the strong healthcare system and advanced technology of America, and I believe that expanding my knowledge base and gaining experience there will help me to become a more well-rounded and confident (specialty).
•My adaptability to new situations has evolved from my involvement in a wide range of activities from sports teams, musical groups to varied job. This trait has enabled me to become an enthusiastic and contributing member of a team.
•I hope I am given the opportunity to study __________ at __________.
•An academic environment is appealing because it permits ample teaching opportunities and fosters intellectual curiosity. After residency, I see myself working in a similar setting and pursuing my interests in academic teaching, clinical practice and public health.
•My extracurricular experiences and educational have solidified my desire to enter this extraordinary profession.
•My preference for ________ Program at __________ is based on several factors. Most important is the fact that ________ has an established and well-respected department of ___________. The program is nationally renowned for its quality of education and reputation for producing ______(specialty) of the highest caliber. It would be an honor to be a part of your program.
•Excited and eager to start my _______, I will bring my enthusiasm, strong work ethic, and ability to work well as a team player to your residency program.
•I am looking for a residency program that will give discipline and structure to my advancement in the field. A large number of cases and wide variety would be optimal in honing the skills I will acquire.
•I am eager to find a stimulating environment where residents support one another and attending physicians are willing to share their vast wealth of knowledge.
"𝐀𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜" 𝐨𝐫 "𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲" 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦?
You have to be 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 when mentioning one or the other in the personal statement if you are going to use a general personal statement for 𝐚𝐥𝐥 programs and you are applying for 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐬 of programs. IMG's usually apply to many different programs because of the level of difficulty to enter in the US system.
I mention the difference between them on this post: Everything you need to know about USMLE
𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 "𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡" 𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭?
You also have to 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 about mentioning this in the personal statement, in our countries saying that you are interested in research is a good thing but here in the US if you say this in a program where there is no scientific research they will consider that you are not going to be satisfied with the program.
Now, if you say that you are not interested in "research" in an academic center where scientific research is done, they will not consider you as the most suitable candidate for them. Find out well about this topic in the programs that you are applying. If you are not sure, do not mention it in the personal statement.
𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐋𝐘𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐎 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋𝐓𝐈𝐄𝐒?
If you are applying to 2 different specialties then you have to make 2 different PS, and get LORs that mention you interest in that specific specialty.
For each specialty that you apply, you need to make a personal statement, mentioning 𝘄𝗵𝘆 you 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 it and 𝘄𝗵𝘆 you will be 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 at it.
I give more example about this on my previous post, that you can read clicking here.
[Go to point #6: Personal Statement]
𝐇𝐎𝐖 𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐘 𝐏𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐒 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐈 𝐔𝐏𝐋𝐎𝐀𝐃 𝐈𝐍 𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐒?
As many as you want, you can make them specific for a program if you want
If you did a rotation in Yale and you are applying to their program, then you can add what things you enjoyed while working there. But if you are writing something that specific, make sure to send it to THAT PROGRAM ONLY!
Also, as I just mentioned, if you apply to different specilities: Submit a PS for each one! (Don’t send a Peds PS to an Internal Medicine program pleasee!!) haha
My best advice would be to use the Personal Statement as the opportunity to tell the program directors about 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 and your 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 in medicine and specifically their program as well as an experience you had during clinical which guided you into choosing the specialty you did. This is your chance to 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 and tell them a bit about yourself rather than just the numbers they have beside your step score reports.
Persistence and perseverance is the key here and all of you who have completed medical school definitely have those two attributes.
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭?
-START WORKING IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT FROM NOW
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗜 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁?
Make a draft notebook and star writing some words down, and every time you get inspired go back the continue writing.
For me sometimes I get inspired while running, listening to music, reading, during a bath, or in random scenarios, so it’s important to go to your phone and write down those words that came your mind!
I don’t want to make the post TOO LONG, but I’ll add a post that I wrote some weeks ago.
I was running in the middle of the forest in New Jersey, at like 11 pm at night, it was a rainy night and I had to stop all of the sudden to write because I felt a lot of emotions inside me at that moment:
•I know how hard it is to keep going without that support.
•I know you receive negative comments on daily basis from people saying that what you are doing is not right, that you will never make it, that you can’t take all that pressure and you are trying to reach an unreachable sky.
•I know sometimes those comments come from close friends & even family and that hurts even more.
•I know that you try to be strong and keep going but in the deepest part of your soul those comments are actually hurting you and trying to pull you back.
𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠...
∙ You are doing a great job! 🙌
∙ Continue what you are doing 🧗🏾♀
∙ You are not the only one that believes in yourself 🙏
∙ You continue with the hard work, pursuing your goals 🔥
∙ Reply to those hate comments with love 💕
∙ Always show the right example ✔️
∙ Convert that negative feedback into the power that keeps you going 🏃♂ 🏃♀
At the end it will be YOU the one that will fly VERY high ✈️
You have people that believe in you!
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This is how I wrote MY PERSONAL STATEMENT when I applied for residency:
I did't know almost any of all that I just described, so it might not be great, but I did have it reviewed multiple times!
I created this post and all my posts to help you a a bit during this difficult journey, making it a better easy going, 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘄 when I was studying for the exams & applying for residency, and no one tells us!
Also the picture is my last draft paper:
I don't have access to my ERAS anymore, so maybe I change a bit the grammar when I submitted if I found any errors.
This is an example of a statement to enter medical school but it is very well written and it is another example of what topics to include and how to write a "𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁"
*All my content is 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 for everyone to benefit from it*
𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 my 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 & 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭 in 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽𝘀 & with 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬
No matter what level of preparation they are. It will benefit a lot if they can start working on their 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 ASAP
There are two big mistakes when 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗴 your 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀: 1. Not Starting 2. Not going all the way!
Love you guys!! Keep it rocking!! 💪🥳💖🤩💞
Sebastian Arruarana, MD