How to Write a Medical Residency Personal Statement
What is a Medical Residency Personal Statement?
Most applications for higher education require some form of autobiographical essay to learn more about the applicant on both professional and personal levels. Going far beyond your medical school essay-- a Medical Residency Personal Statement is a powerful one-page narrative that highlights you, your personality traits and characteristics, career goals, and what you have to offer a residency program.
The residency Personal Statement combines the accomplishments of your past with the aspirations of your future to give residency programs a full picture of you as a person and medical professional. It is the sole residency application document that grants you the control to shape how Program Directors view you beyond exam scores and transcripts. If written improperly, a Personal Statement can break your residency application.
Writing a Personal Statement
The writing process for Medical Residency Personal Statements can be broken down into the following steps:
- Pick a specialty focus for your Personal Statement
- Your positive personality characteristics
- Experiences, anecdotes and personal stories that exemplify your traits
- Long term and short term career goals
- Any red flags you may have to smooth over
- What you are looking for in a residency program
- Write your first draft
- Revise, revise, and revise
- Repeat for all specialties you are interested in