Personal Statement Tips

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Posted by IMGPrep Team from IP on June 28, 2010 at 17:57:20:

Many IMGs are nervous about writing their PS. For applicants who are still mastering English, the thought of writing a page-long essay can seem daunting. Worse still, ERAS directives are vague, and many applicants are not sure what they should write about, and how they should present it. Here are some tips to get your statement noticed.

First of all, your spelling and grammar must be impeccable. You're applying for a respected and prestigious position: show the program director that you are a professional. If you aren't confident in your English skills, ask a friend or mentor to look over your PS. And please, whatever you do, don't rely on Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar check: they can be a great tool, but only if you're able to use your own judgment to decide when its advice is correct.

Your PS's content is equally important. Often, our clients will send us the statements they used previously (unsuccessfully), and these are ...fine. They are more or less grammatically correct, and they don't break any rules, but that's about it. Frankly, they're boring. You need to remember that program directors see a LOT of statements. Do you really want them to skim (or skip) yours? Think good and hard about what information you'll include in your statement: make sure it is interesting, compelling, and impressive. Is your statement ho-hum? Is it cliched? Choose anecdotes and examples that will bring your statement to life --that will bring YOU to life! Ask a friend to read your statement and give you his honest opinion: was he interested in it? Was it a fun read?

Finally, many applicants say that they'd like to use an online service to edit their statement ...but that they're nervous about being disqualified from the Match. Plagiarism is a very serious concern. Using someone else's essay is dishonest and unethical and could indeed have very negative consequences. At IMGPrep, we help our clients find their own voice. We won't write your statement for you, and we won't insert our ideas into your essays. We don't send out sample statements or use templates, since these result in unoriginal statements. We take the matter of plagiarism very seriously: if you want somebody to do the work for you, try another service.

Our ethics statement follows:

Residency applicants: While we'd like to help you present a statement that is as impressive as impossible, please note that we cannot write your statement for you. IMGPrep's writers will be more than happy to help you edit your statement for grammar, syntax, and organization. During the initial editing stages, your writer may pose brainstorming questions or suggest additional areas that you may wish to address in your statement. Your writer will strive to help you create a statement that makes a compelling argument for your candidacy, and that accurately reflects your own voice. However, our writers cannot add or create any content for your essay. All anecdotes, beliefs, and examples must be original and must be provided by the applicant. We thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to working with you!

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