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:

Pre-writing stage

  1. 7 Signs an Experience Belongs in Your Application Essay, a video
  2. How to Write a Med School Personal Statement that Captures Your Best Qualities
  3. First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go
  4. 6 Tips for Getting Started on Your Application Essays
  5. The Miraculous 15-Minute ROUGH, ROUGH Draft

Writing: Macro

  1. The 5-Step Guide to Successful Medical School Statements, a free webinar 
  2. From Example to Exemplary, a free guide
  3. The Biggest Application Essay Mistake, a video
  4. 3 Essential Components of a Personal Statement
  5. What Not to Do in a Personal Statement
  6. Resilience 
  7. 5 Things to Avoid in Your Med School Personal Statement
  8. 4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In
  9. 3 Tips for Showing Strengths in Your Application Essays
  10. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  11. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  12. How Personal is Too Personal?
  13. Passion = Action + Dedication
  14. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  15. Can I Use Humor In My Application Essays?

Writing: Micro 

  1. 5 Fatal Flaws, a free guide
  2. How to Edit Your Application Essays, a podcast episode
  3. 10 Tips for Better Essay Writing
  4. How to Use Good Grammar to Create Essays That Flow
  5. Dangerous Cliches to Avoid [A Poem]
  6. How to Stay Within Essay Word Limits by Reducing Verbal Verbosity

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