Posted by Advice from an Attending from IP 126.96.36.199 on August 24, 2013 at 23:50:59:
As a practicing physician with experience in guiding many IMG's in to residency,
one thing I have noticed in many international medical graduates is the fact
that they do not take their personal statements seriously! Having spoken to many
program coordinators and residency program directors, the personal statement is
the single most important document after the scores. So, please have your PS
During my residency years, I was very close the program coordinator and I asked
her once - "You get so many applications, how would you screen and figure out
who to call?". I use the scores and the program criteria as a screening tool.
Once I narrow the list a bit, I go straight to the personal statement and if I
see errors, poor syntax, or do not connect with the story, I will move on. If I
find it interesting, I will call them and ask a few general questions. During
that initial call, I might ask them a few general knowledge type of questions
and if they seem not knowledgeable, I will consider them bookish and may not
bother to offer an interview"
Since the programs get so many applications, you cannot afford to make mistakes
in either applying to the programs without checking the program requirements, or
by having a poorly written personal statement. I am currently assisting an IMG
who has excellent scores last year, but did not get in last year as she failed
to have a strong personal statement.
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