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ERAS Personal Statement: A Chance to Improve Application or Risk To Ruin it?

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As the most significant part of your application ERAS personal statement can be your greatest chance to succeed or turn into the greatest nightmare. Basically, this type of document will help you to provide the reason why you’ve chosen your field of studying and convince the committee you’re the best candidate for the position. Whereas you don’t have control over the letter of recommendation this one allows you to show your candidature in the best light. Officially, ERAS in 2017 season is open from June 6, 2016. So you have the great chance to make the most of it!

Wondering how to find out the specialties that can be found for the 2017 ERAS season? Thenmake sure you checked the list of participating specialties and programs on the ERAS website.

ERAS personal statement lengthNot often but happens that sometimes an ERAS program is signed on the list of programs but later on withdraw the participation. Sometimes the ERAS staff is not communicated about the withdrawal so it’s essential to make sure the programs are participating before sending the application documents to them.

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Things You Need to Know before Applying to MyERAS?
  • At the assigned Dean’s office you must obtain the ERAS token, the token from the other school or institution won’t do the trick so your documents won’t be uploaded correctly.
  • The token from another ERAS season will not be accepted either, the system will prosecute and will not allow the further registration process to continue, so make sure you have the right one beforehand.
  • One token is valid for 1 registration only so be sure to insert the information correctly and accurately.
  • Get the AAMC Account to register for the ERAS token, use an account from the previous season or  use another AAMC service.

The are 4 components ERAS consists of: MyERAS web-based applicant site, (DWS) Office Workstation of the Dean, (PDWS) Workstation of the the Program Director, (ERAS PO) that is ERAS PostOffice, and sure thing ERAS can be accessed via the AAMC Website www.aamc.org.

MyERAS Application Needs to Involve the Following:

  • MyERAS application
  • MyERAS personal statement
  • Photograph
  • Exam transcripts, including COMLEX or USMLE
  • School transcript of records
  • MSPE or student personal evaluation
  • A letter of recommendation
  • All of the ERAS residency application and supporting documents you can find in the table

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What You Didn’t Know about ERAS Personal Statement Length

ERAS personal statement fontIf to sum up the opinions, the right thing would be to say the experts suggest to keep the length of ERAS personal statement up to one page in length. In fact, committees do not want to dig the lengthy paper in order to find the sense of the written self-introduction. Limiting your words up to 500 words will help you to keep the narration clear and concise and save time both for you and the application committees. Your application certainly will not be rejected if you extend the narrative to around 750 – 800 words but 600-650 is still gonna be the better aim.

Mine was around 500.ERAS word count On one interview, I was told that the program’s main criteria for evaluating personal statements was not noteworthiness but rather inoffensiveness.

How to write ERAS personal statementERAS allows the personal statement to be as long as 28,000 characters. (Including white spaces). If you were to write the statement to this limit, it will be too long. An ideal statement is about 1-2 pages long. 

Here’s the example representing the perfect ERAS personal statement word count:

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Best Things You Can Do for Your Personal Statement:

  • Start early. The earlier you start writing the better will be the statement.
  • Multiple versions. Write several versions of the document until you’re happy with the final result.
  • Don’t compromise. Cut off all the information that doesn’t bear any value for the reader.
  • Try to explain the reasons. If there’s any kind of time gap or sign of failure in your professional career find the appropriate reasoning.
  • Tailor your personal statement to any kind of application, it should be unique for all programs you’re applying for. An iInfluential personal statement never fails to convince because it does not look like a template so try to maximally individualize your personal statement.
  • Be straightforward and don’t make up things. The worst thing that can be found in the personal statement is lie.
  • Check. Double check. Tripple check. Edit and proofread the personal statement no less than 3 times…then do it again. The best measure is to ask someone else to make the final check because sometimes it’s hard to find and neutralize own mistakes.
  • Cut drastically. Cut off all the cliché and overused words, they’re certainly attention turn offs.
  • Be objective. Ask your friends to give you the honest feedback considering your personal statement, ask to evaluate it from various angles, including the content mistakes, how interesting it is and correct.
  • Structure the statement. Create the double spacings between paragraphs so that it would be readable and convenient to digest for the readers.
  • Have your PS vetted by your Specialty and Faculty Mentors.
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ERAS personal statement tipsEXCEPTIONALLY IMPORTANT ADVICE: Programs view personal statements as black and white ASCII text that is in Courier New 10pt font. Set your ‘font size’ and ‘type’ to Courier New 10 pt and see how long your PS looks. 

Things worth Avoiding:

  • Self-praising statements.
  • Self-centered claims.
  • Overly emotional stories about yourself. The stories focused exceptionally on your emotions and feelings undermine your credibility.
  • Redundant eloquence, quirky writing style and style embellishments distort your work
  • Not appropriate analogies and vaguely understandable metaphors
  • Quotations. There’s not enough space for quotations in the personal statements so try to avoid them as well.
  • The committee is being bombarded by the same applications every day, he or she would be grateful if you stand out and avoid pasting difficult word constructions.

Here’s the good example of properly written document:

 

Internal Medicine ResidencyYour ERERAS personal statement word countAS personal statement can be memorized in the good and in the bad way, depending on various features and your actual academic and job experience. When you think your story of how you pursued education in medicine is straightforwardly brilliant to other people it may seem plain, boring and banal. If you feel like nothing important is left to say better ask the professional writers to make your residency personal statement because this little piece of paper could literally determine your future.

ERAS personal statement is your ladder to the brilliant career, don’t fail it, write with us!

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