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WelcomeWelcome to the newest and most comprehensive residency personal statement site available for medical students. Writing your residency personals statement can be one of the most stressful and difficult parts of your entire med school period. The residency personal statement is a key part of your application and we are here to help!

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Residency Personal Statement Tip #5 – Don’t Use SemiColons if you don’t know how

tipResidency Personal Statement Tip # 5: Don’t use SemiColons in your essay if you don’t really understand how!

ABCs of Residency Personal StatementsA resident (or intern) will spend a lot of time writing notes and signing progress notes, operative notes, or other notes all day long. If you cannot write properly, it will make you look sloppy, unintelligent, and messy. If you are going to try to use a semi-colon at least learn how to do it properly. This is one of the most overused and poorly used pieces of punctuation. Most people seem to want to use it as if it were a comma, but it is NOT!

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Example Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statement #8

internal medicine residency personal statementInternal Medicine Residency Personal Statement

My strong desire to improve people’s lives led me into medicine at  the five-year M.D. program at International Medical University, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical institutions. During my last year of medical school, I completed a one-year internship at an affiliated university hospital, a serving more than 6 million people each year providing me with solid clinical training.

After working as a resident physician at The Woman and Children’s Hospital for three years I was drawn to internal medicine because I am fascinated with the complexity and varied nature of human diseases. Internal medicine offers a wide spectrum of disease pathologies which involve all organ systems. It is intellectually challenging to be able to establish extended relationships with patients, to deliver skillful care to a diverse patient population, to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, and to pursue the understanding of the underlying pathophysiological events of human diseases. The practice of internal medicine also suits me well as it provides me with the opportunity to use my strong organizational skills while working through the details in managing the complexities of every case.

Sample Ophthalmology Residency Personal Statement #2

Opthalmology Residency Personal Statement

I peered through my living room window at the street crowded with tanks and marching soldiers. A storm of light slashed across the night’s sky’s shock waves from distant explosions shattered a deceptive silence, causing the water in a glass to quiver. The Gulf War, my earliest memory, began a long history of relocation and travel – a lifestyle that necessitated patience, constant acclimation, and emotional acumen. These are all character traits required of the ophthalmologist I intend to become. I feel privileged to have been able to visit and reside in many different parts of the world including Middle East, Australia, Another Middle East Country, North American Country, and the United States. As a child, I viewed each move as an adventure, one that positively influenced my personality. Because I could adapt to differing cultures and people, I formed friendships quickly and easily and developed a keen understanding for diverse viewpoints. I learned to embrace the notion of always maintaining an open mind. As a future ophthalmologist, it is my hope that this quality, along with the other character traits I have acquired during my journey, will contribute to my ability to be a well-rounded team player, thrive under pressure and, most important, benefit my patients through strong relationships.

Excellent Sample Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statement Example #7

internal medicine residency personal statementIn the summer of 2002, I visited my country of birth, African Nation, for the first time in 12 years. I discovered was a war ravaged country with shelled out homes, extreme poverty and a collapsed healthcare system. Among the victims was my frail grandmother, sick severe asthma. I was deeply saddened to see her unable to breathe because she lacked access to physicians and medicines that are easily available in other regions of the world. On this trip, I realized not only how extremely fortunate I was to have escaped African Nation and sought  refuge in North America, but that I would need to return someday and serve the unfortunate and sick. My ambition to pursue medicine, which was born out of a love for the sciences, was greatly solidified by this idea. When my family relocated from Canada to Middle East City, I was thrilled to enter medical school on a comprehensive scholarship.

Outstanding Sample Family Practice Residency Personal Statement Example #8

Family Medicine Residency

In an old cottage on an isolated island with one of my home care patients, with tears in her eyes she blessed me saying, “I have nothing valuable to give you, doctor, but please be blessed wherever you go.” She was an elderly widow with severe asthma and osteoarthritis who I had visited at home every week for three years on my last visit before I left the island.

During my third year of medical school, the change from a classroom atmosphere to hands-on clinical experience on the wards motivated me in a new way. The physicians with whom I was fortunate to work inspired me.  Their patience, diligence, and dedication to their patients filled me with admiration and I learned the special importance of interpersonal skills and doctor patient interaction. I found special interest in the family practitioner’s work because one uses wide range of diagnosis tools and treatment options and offers an opportunity to connect with all age group patients.

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Residency Personal Statement Tip #4 – Learn to Capitalize

tipResidency Personal Statement Tip # 4 : Learn to Capitalize Properly

ABCs of Residency Personal StatementsA resident (or intern) will spend a lot of time writing notes and signing progress notes, operative notes, or other notes all day long. If you cannot write properly, it will make you look sloppy, unintelligent, and messy. One mistake or annoyance we see in reading personal statements all day long is that people have not learned that only proper nouns need to be capitalized. Here are some simple things to keep in mind on what to capitalize and what NOT to capitalize. 

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Residency Personal Statement Tip #3

tipResidency Personal Statement Tip # 3 : Avoid the “Growing Up in the Boonies” Introduction

booniesSometimes residency applicants like to start off their residency personal statements by explaining where they were born, which is fine. However, if you do so, make it interesting, explaining how you then learned or gained something from that experience that is now bringing you to residency training in the US. [Read more →]

Residency Personal Statement Tip #2

tipResidency Personal Statement Tip # 2 : Don’t Discuss Irrelevant Achievements.

Sometimes applicants have a tendency to discuss things that are completely irrelevant to the practice of medicine. Talking about winning your high school tennis title, or the chess club championship is not interesting for residency directors to be reading about. If you are going to talk about an achievement outside of medicine (which is fine), you need to then explain why you are mentioning it and how it makes you a better, stronger applicant. [Read more →]

Personal Statement Rule #1

tipTip # 1 : Don’t Talk About the Value You Place On Education.

Everyone in medicine obviously values education a great deal. You don’t need to emphasize this or think you’re the only one in the world who values a good education. It really doesn’t matter now if your parents were tough on you or if they pushed you to excel. That is irrelevant now that you are about to be a resident.

Dermatology Residency Personal Statement #1

dermatology residency personal statementI hid behind my mother and asked myself, “Do I dare look again?” In all of my six years, I had never seen such an unusual looking person. In front of me stood a lady with white hair and ghostly pale skin flecked with scattered brown spots. Why did she look like that? If she was truly my mom’s sister, why wasn’t she brown like everyone else in the family? Years later, I learned that my aunt had vitiligo affecting her entire body. Unfortunately, I learned that prejudice is a common reaction to physical afflictions, and I regretted that as a small child I had been so frightened of her based solely on her appearance.