I had to communicate complex concepts that I intrinsically understood to individuals who saw it as alien.Although healing my patient’s illness was my paramount priority, I also had to effectively communicate my plan with her and her family in order to make sure that they felt that I heard their concerns and that they were safe in my care.Initially inspired by a blog post from Life Of AMed about how to write your residency personal statement I wanted to share a few tips and tricks on how to write a great personal statement.
Walking into her room I immediately noticed her multiple family members at her bedside.
My previous leadership experience had prepared me for this scenario.
Don’t forget that the program directors are reading of personal statements. Personal statements are the epitome of the humble-brag.
You’re being asked to humbly tell a compelling story that paints you in a positive light.
Here’s an example of a rough outline: Optional: in your closing paragraph tailor your personal statement to a specific program.
I personally didn’t do this…but I also applied to way too many programs.
Surgical residencies generally value ‘compulsive, high energy, confident, hardworking, committed’ applicants while pediatrics value ‘team players, well-organized, well-rounded, flexible, positive attitudes, and flexible’ applicants.
Organize your personal statement to convey attributes attractive to your respective specialty.
In my opinion, personal statements aren’t going to get you an interview that you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
However, a really bad personal statement might kill your application like a shot of potassium to the heart. So don’t use overly eloquent wording or try and reinvent the wheel. They want to hear why you want to become a specific of doctor.