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What is a Residency Personal Statement?

posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:23 AM by Explore More   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 8:44 AM ]
   
When program directors read your personal statement they want to know who you are beyond your grades and accomplishments. Selecting the right residency for you is about finding the right fit. This is also true for program directors. They are not only looking for outstanding medical students but also those who will fit their program needs and philosophies. It will not only help them weed out those who would not work personally with them and other residents but also may prevent you from going to a residency where you won’t be happy.

The personal statement allows you to sell yourself in a way the rest of your application can’t. Here you can state clearly and succinctly what you want in a residency and why you’d be the right fit for this particular one.

A residency personal statement should reflect your personal philosophy toward osteopathic medicine. Here you get to explain what attracted you to your particular specialty and what direction you hope your career will follow. You don’t need to go into minute detail or be overly emotional. It’s a general overview of how you view the world and what drew you to osteopathic medicine and this particular residency in the first place.

You can also highlight your best accomplishments a personal statement, so they won’t get lost in a long application. It’s your chance to focus the residency director toward your achievements, so that they are taken into account when deciding whether to consider you for a particular residency slot. But make sure your personal statement is not just a laundry list of your accomplishments or awards. This is already part of your application. The personals statement should put your accomplishments in context to who you are and how these accomplishments and awards affected you personally.

Your personal statement is only one piece of your application and can’t make up for grades and accomplishments that don’t meet residencies standards, but it can help you encapsulate yourself in a way that the residency directors feel they know you personally, which a CV alone can never accomplish.