There are three steps to creating a winning med school, residency, or fellowship application essay or personal statement:

  1. Choose compelling essay topics, ones that will answer the essay question, if there is one, and provide the most room for you to highlight your best qualities and experiences;
  2. Compose the essay, transforming all your thoughts and ideas into words; and
  3. Embark on the editing and proofreading stage in which you'll clarify and clean up your writing so that it sparkles.

The resources below provide practical tips on each of these critical steps:

Writing Your Essays

  1. The 5-Step Guide to Successful Medical School Statements, a free webinar
  2. From Example to Exemplary, a free guide
  3. 7 Signs an Experience Belongs in Your Application Essay, a video
  4. How to Write a Med School Personal Statement that Captures Your Best Qualities
  5. How to Get Started on Your Personal Statement with One Easy Technique
  6. 6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
  7. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  8. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  9. The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft
  10. First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go
  11. What Not to Do in a Personal Statement
  12. Writing a Catchy Opening Line
  13. Writing A Lead That Pops
  14. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  15. Where’s the Poetry? The Secret Ingredient in Your Graduate Application Essays
  16. What is Passion in Admissions?
  17. How Personal is Too Personal
  18. 4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In
  19. 3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays

Editing Your Essays

  1. 5 Fatal Flaws, a free guide
  2. Yikes! My Essay is Too Long
  3. Resourceful Essay Recycling
  4. Metaphors in Your Personal Statement or Application Essay
  5. Writing Techniques From a Pro
  6. Write Positive for Power and Clarity in Your Writing
  7. Generic-Itis Prevention
  8. A Six-Item Checklist before Hitting “Submit”
  9. Resilience: Moving On

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