I can’t believe the time has already come for me to be writing a personal statement for residency. Medical school truly blew by. As Match day creeps closer day by day, I’m trying to solidify my personal statement. Essentially, as I understand it, your personal statement should be a story of why you are applying to that type of program. For some of you, this means that you decided to become X type of physician when you were in high school. For others, like myself, the decision to apply to my field of interest was a gradual process that took some time and reflection. Either way, you want to highlight your thought process.
You want to avoid putting down other fields. While this may seem like a no-brainer, even saying something like, “I grew disinterested in X,” is a no-no. You also want to be careful to not regurgitate your resume! While you want to highlight how your experiences helped shape your ultimate decision, you want to save the details for the actual interviews!
When writing a personal statement for residency, you definitely want to make sure that your story is cohesive. The worst thing you’d want is someone to read your personal statement and finish without understanding the point of it. The final tip I have is to really let yourself and your passion shine through the statement.
The hardest part is trying to fit everything neatly into a single page. There’s a lot of editing to be done!