7 Reasons Your Family Medicine Personal Statement Might Be a Failure

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Most Medical schools do take family medicine personal statements very seriously. In fact, almost all of them are of the opinion that they are a good way to make student describe what they have learned from their hands on experience. This way it helps them see your level of commitment to your work. They expect a detailed and realistic view on the patients you have come in contact with and the valuable time spent at the hospital they worked. The experiences you gained before you got into medical school and the ones you got after usually state the kind of family doctor you are likely to be.  So in writing your family medicine personal statement essays do not forget to include your core values and key qualities. Also be specific about your specialty in Family Medicine and be sure to make your experiences reinforce them.

The best residency personal statement takes into cognizance factors such as:

– Why you are committed to this specialty
– What you intend to achieve from this residency program
– Your plans for the future
– What you intend to bring into the program; skills, expertise and so on

Documents Required for Residency Admission

This program is a 5-year clinical program. It is divided into 6 categorical PGY 1 residents as well as 2 non designated preliminary PGY 1 residents that are usually matched through the NRMP®.

Other requirements are:

– Personal statement
– Curriculum vitae (CV)
– Common application form
– A letter from the dean
– Transcript from Medical school
– Passport photo
– Letters of recommendation (3)
– ECFMG® status report for foreign medical graduates alone
– The USMLE® Transcript (step 1 and 2)

Role of Family Medicine Personal Statement Essays in Your Admission

Organizing your family medicine personal statement essays should be written in three to five paragraphs. The first paragraph should be the introduction of a unique story. The second, third and fourth should be a detailed and relevant experience that is in sync with the central themes, it should also talk about achievements, strength, desires, goals and future ambitions/plans. The fifth or sixth paragraph should be the concluding one to help wrap up the personal statement and must end on an optimistic note.

Common Reasons Your Family Medicine Residency Personal Statement Might Fail

A lot of candidate’s family medicine residency personal statements do not make it to the interview stage due to certain reasons that are not unconnected to the following stated below:

The clichés

Most often student make the erroneous act of using the cliché ‘thirst for knowledge’, ‘loved reading’, ‘from an early age’, as an introduction from their essays. These have been seen far too many times by the committee. It shows lack or originality and gives the impression that you are not even a good writer to start with, but a plagiarized one.

Generalizing instead of specializing

When writing your statement, be specific of the program, say family medicine and not something that talks about a general program. But If you are unsure of the specialty, write a statement that will cover different fields.

Using the ‘I’ pronoun too much

Don’t start every sentence with “I”, use other signpost words.

Naming the university

This is a big blunder that many students commit; it goes to show that you are only interested in the institution you have specified. This can be detrimental because it immediately alienates you getting admission from the other institutions on your UCAS form.

Don’t use passive words or sentences

Your statement should be written in active sentences. Also be mindful of your grammatical constructions and endeavor to keep it simple. Don’t try to make it sound grandiose.

Bragging too much

It is not easy telling people how good you are without sounding boastful. So don’t brag about your capabilities just state the experiences relevant to your theme.

Plagiarize, exaggerating or telling lies

It would be better to seek professional help in writing your family medicine personal statement rather than copy verbatim from similar works. Know that UCAS uses plagiarism software to ascertain the originality of your content, and be sure that they will inform your institution about this. Avoid exaggerating things you have done or giving groundless claims of capabilities that you possess.

Mind these tips when writing your family medicine personal statement!

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Olivia Horton

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