Personal Statement Tips

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Your med school, residency, or fellowship personal statement needs to show you as a passionate, focused, and motivated future physician. At the same time, it needs to be exceptionally well-written – clear, succinct, and highly organized. Think about the big picture first, brainstorming essay topics while you contemplate your most impressive experiences/stories, and then focus on transforming your ideas into words and fine-tune them so that your personal statement shines.

The resources below provide practical tips on the brainstorming, writing, and editing phasing of this process:


Writing: Macro

  1. Your 5-Step Guide to Successful Medical School Personal Statements, a free webinar 
  2. From Example to Exemplary, a free guide
  3. Stand Out! A Critical Goal for Your Application, a podcast episode
  4. Different Dimensions of Diversity, a podcast episode
  5. Writing the Diversity Personal Statement, a short video
  6. Writing About Overcoming Obstacles in Your Application Essays, a short video
  7. What Is the Diversity Essay Question & How Do You Answer It?
  8. 5 Things to Avoid in Your Med School Personal Statement
  9. Writing Tip: Understanding the Fine Line Between Confidence and Arrogance
  10. How to Project Professionalism & Positivity in Your Statement of Purpose
  11. 5 Pointers for a Stand-Out Med School Personal Statement
  12. 4 Tips for Writing about Last Minute Extracurricular Activities
  13. What Should I Write About? Making a Difference
  14. Flaws Make You Real
  15. 3 Tips for Highlighting Your Strengths in Your Application Essays
  16. Writing About Resilience in the Face of Failure
  17. Writing about Weaknesses in Your Med School Personal Statement
  18. How Can You Show Passion in Admissions?
  19. 5 Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  20. 4 More Elements to Telling an Attention-Grabbing Story
  21. Can I Use Humor In My Application Essays
  22. What is an Accomplishment?
  23. Generic-itis Prevention [Warning: If Untreated, Can Cause Rejection]
  24. How to Add Detail to Your Social Enterprise/Community Service Goals
  25. Writing About Your Experiences Abroad
  26. 4 Ways to Show How You’ll Contribute in the Future
  27. Your 5-Step Checklist for Submitting Your Application
  28. Writing Techniques From a Pro
  29. “I’m Smart, Really I Am!” Proving Character Traits in your Essays

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