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Lives of Doctor Wives: The Personal Statement

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Personal Statement

My husband is starting to write his personal statement. I've heard a few things about it as far as applying to residency (scroll down to the second paragraph).
For those of you past this phase what was your experience? Any advice? Thanks!

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Blogger Allison said...

This is from my hubby: :)

Actually, the personal statement CAN mean a lot to your application. (I use to read through application packages when I was an intern, so I am speaking from experience). Your personal statement has to be: Unique, Concise, "Catchy", and Genuine. Difficult? Yep. That is why you need to give your personal statement a LOT of time to write...have it reviewed by several people prior to submission. If it is too long and boring, it will get tossed aside. If it is too short, no one will bother with it. IF you are doing nothing but tooting your own horn, it will come across that way. If it is too generic (ie "I have always wanted to be a doctor because I have always wanted to help people...yadayadayada") we won't bother to read. If you make grammatical errors and sound like an idiot, of yes it will hurt your application package. So take time in writing the personal statement - a really good one, coupled with a good application package (GPA, Volunteerism, additional hobbies, leadership positions, etc) will make you look all the better.

July 26, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

My husband just started his internship and is going into radiology so it wasn't all that long ago that he was writing his personal statment. My best advice would be for your husband to put his own voice in his writing. Don't try to write what you think the selection committe and program director will want to hear. Be yourself. My husband was actually in the ophtho match and at the last minute decided to switch to radiology, so he didn't have a lot of time to stew over what he wrote. I do remember that he added a little bit of humor (still very professional, but he let his personality come through) and while he was on interviews several different program directors commented about it and said they enjoyed reading it. So at least we found out that they really read them. Good luck!

July 28, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

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