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Focusing on Your Specialty When Constructing Your Residency Personal Statement

When writing a residency personal statement, there should always be at least some focus on the specialty that you wish to pursue. This gives your reader the impression that you are educated in the different areas of medicine and that you have been intentional about finding the place where you belong.

Personal statement reviewers are always impressed by students who have focus and intention. But these things must be implemented in a way that is strategic and organized. Otherwise, it can seem random and haphazard. These ideas must be integrated in some way into your thesis to ensure that your personal statement has focus and keeps the reader’s attention.

Ways That You Can Incorporate Your Specialty into Your Residency Personal Statement

  • One of the best ways to pull in your chosen specialty is to tell the story of how you came to be interested in it. This will give the reader a background to follow and make your personal statement more related and more interesting.
  • You could also tell the reader about another discipline that you tried and were not successful in. Maybe it just didn’t interest you the way that you wanted it to. This shows honesty and sincerity, two things that are important in any field, but especially the medical field.
  • Talk about experiences that you have had in your chosen specialty. How have they prepared you for your future, and how do you believe you can continue to learn from it in the future? Any experience that you have had thus far, especially in your chosen discipline, will impress any jury.
  • Mention your hopes for the future of your specialty of choice.

Maybe you noticed something in school or in the field that you believe needs to change, and you plan on eventually finding a way to do so. Talk about any advances that you hope to make one day in regards to your specialty. This will give the reader hope for your future and make them believe in you, therefore increasing your chances of acceptance.

We hope that these tips have helped you see how you can incorporate your medical specialty into your personal statement. You do not have to use all of these suggestions in your personal statement together. If you can tie them all together using one common thread, then go for it. But if not, pick one or two and build a really strong connection between them and your thesis. This kind of focus will get you very far.

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