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Personal Statement Writing Presented by: Bobbie Ann Adair White, MA Learning Resources bawhite@medicine.tamhsc.edu. Personal Statement. Where Do I Start ???. Personal Statement Writing. Personal Statements…. Are not a time for creative story telling Should reflect who you are

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Personal Statement Writing

Presented by:

Bobbie Ann Adair White, MA

Learning Resources

bawhite@medicine.tamhsc.edu

personal statement writing

Where Do I Start ???

Personal Statement Writing

personal statements
Personal Statements…
  • Are not a time for creative story telling
  • Should reflect who you are
  • Should be 1 page in length (4-6 paragraphs)
  • Should answer the following 4 questions
4 questions all personal statements should answer

4 Questions all Personal Statements Should Answer

What makes you unique?

What specialty have you chosen?

What are you looking for in a program?

What are your career goals?

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Q#1
  • What makes you standout?

This includes a brief introduction of your back ground

Questions that may help you answer the above:

    • What will you bring to the program?
    • What makes you a good fit?
    • What makes you unique?
      • Special accomplishments
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Q#2
  • What specialty have you chosen?
    • Why?

Questions that may help you answer the above:

    • How did you make your choice?
    • What about that specialty appeals to you?
    • When did you realize that you had an interest in that specialty?
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Q#3
  • What are you looking for in a program?
    • Research opportunities
    • Teaching opportunities
    • Variety of cases
    • Pleasant geographical location
    • Team oriented environment
    • Patient Population
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Q#4
  • What are your career goals?

Questions that may help you answer the above:

    • In general – what do you plan to do with your residency training?
    • Where do you see yourself after residency?
    • How will you achieve your ultimate goals?
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Do -
  • Write an outline before you begin
  • Get to the point early on
  • Use direct, straightforward writing that tells about your experience and what it means to you
  • End with a conclusion/summary of your statement
  • Strike a balance between modesty and arrogance
don t
Don’t -
  • Discuss topics that are potentially controversial
    • Not a time to discuss your religion (could form a bias – unfair to you, but it does happen!)
  • Get too personal or write an autobiography
  • Refer to experiences or accomplishments during high school or earlier, unless pertinent to why you have chosen a particular specialty
  • Use vocabulary words that you don’t know
  • Use false experiences or “make it up as you go along”
before you submit
Before You Submit
  • Revise at least three times
  • Ask someone (preferably more than one person) to critique your statement
  • Check AGAIN for grammatical and spelling errors
resources references
Resources/References

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/6700.html

http://www.med.uiuc.edu/administration/CurricMgt/ResidencyInterviews.php

http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/publications/otherpubs/strolling/prep/personalstmt.html

http://www.uic.edu/depts/mcam/osa/careers/cv_ps/PS.htm

questions
Questions?
  • Want information on CVs & Interviewing Skills?
    • See the website for Power Points and Handouts…
  • Need someone to proofread your Personal Statement or CV?
    • Contact Bobbie Ann Adair White, MA bawhite@medicine.tamhsc.edu 254-724-6808

Good Luck!