7 Secrets of a Top Residency Personal Statement

7 Secrets of a Top Residency Personal Statement 

By Guest Blogger Darla

Your residency application will start at any point from the end of May (or end of June if you are an overseas applicant) through the Electronic Residency Application Service or ERAS. This system allows you to upload all of the documentation that the different programs will be looking for and for you to apply to the programs that you are interested in. If the programs are impressed by your application then they may then invite you for an interview.

Of course you will want to ensure that your ERAS application documentation is as impressive as possible so that you will get noticed. Most important of these documents is often your residency personal statement. This really needs to be attention grabbing and able to show the reader that you are a perfect choice for their program. With many of the other applicants having similar qualifications you will find that the personal statement will often be the deciding factor.

With the following stats for ERAS and the Match you can see that your application must be something special if you want to ensure that you actually win a place:

  • Over 40,000 applicants every year
  • Only around 30,000 places available through ERAS
  • About 27,000 applicants placed directly through ERAS and the Match


Writing an Impressive Residency Personal Statement:

If you are going to be one of the lucky few that manages to actually get a place on a residency then your personal statement has got to make your stand out from the other applicants that you will be competing with for a place. But writing that outstanding statement is not going to be at all easy, most applicants will struggle for many months and will at the end of that time still not be happy with the results.

The following are some simple tips to help you with writing a personal statement for your residency application:

  1. Always tailor your personal statement for the program you are applying to; the better it reflects the specific expectations of the program the more likely that you are to be invited for an interview. Review the specific requirements of the program and ensure that you cover all of the main points within your personal statement.

  2. Open your statement with a hook; your fist line must be highly attention grabbing so that you get the reader’s interest right from the opening. This will usually be a very personal anecdote or a startling fact. Your aim is to make the reader want to read more. Avoid quotations or anything that may be seen as overly shocking.

  3. Make your statement flow like a story; this will help maintain the interest of the reader and draw them to your conclusion. You do not want your statement to read like a list of boring facts about you. Cover everything that the committee will want to know about you:

    • Why are you pursuing this specific specialty?
    • What have you already done to pursue it?
    • How are you qualified and suited to it?
    • What are your future goals and career plans?
    • Why have you selected this specific program?

Write clearly about yourself and your application:

  • Do not write about others, this is a personal statement about you
  • Do not use quotations, they want to hear your words
  • Only include what is relevant to your application
  • Do not copy anything written by another

Write your personal statement with care:

  • Never use any clichés within your writing
  • Don’t make any statements that are obvious
  • Use language that is easy to understand; avoid any use of acronyms, slang and words that will require looking up to understand
  • Be concise; never use filler or more words than required to make your point
  • Don’t include information that is already elsewhere within your application
  • Avoid any use of humor as it is not appropriate
  • Take a positive approach to all statements; don’t say why you are not doing something

Eliminate all errors within your personal statement writing. Always carefully edit your work to ensure that it is the best that it can be. Proofread to a high standard as even a single spelling mistake can present the wrong impression to the reader. Only perfect and well targeted writing is going to get you noticed for the right reasons.


So if you are looking for the best residency application personal statement to boost your chances of a successful submission just follow our tips above for writing an attention grabbing and effective application.


Thank you Darla so much for writing for Daily Medicine Blog. We are always excited to learn how to get into top residency spots and you shared some great secrets to successfully writing your personal statement for residency applicants!

For more on Darla, check out her bio below:

Darla Bray is a content writer who works at http://residencypersonalstatement.biz/ . Her hobby is writing. Her life credo is “I write to live and I live to write”. She specializes in writing for educating resources, newspapers and blogs. Her main dream is to become a famous blogger and have million of readers.

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