Written by Jeff Gonzalez, MD Resident, Department of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; AMA-MAS Governing Council, Resident and Fellow Section Representative. Why is the personal statement so important? It is important because it is the only part of your application that is not based on test scores or other peoples perceptions of you. As his underlying pancreatitis was controlled his DIC resolved. The following week, now as part of the infectious disease team, I was seeing him again, this time for continual spiking fevers to 103 degrees despite negative cultures and a trial of antibiotics.
Please treat these personal statements only as a source of example and inspiration for your own original personal statements. Consider these personal statements publications in a medical journal which should not be copied and used in a manner that is not suitable for the medical profession. During the summer after my first year I spent a month in one of the university hospitals in Madrid, Spain, gaining insight into the differences and similarities inherent in our health care systems. Since cultures of his pancreatic cysts had been negative, we went ahead and stopped all antibiotics, and waited, believing this to be a drug fever. The days passed and MP remained in the hospital, with out much change. Because of these reasons, however, it is so very difficult to write. There are some basic questions that you need to address in your personal statement. These are usually divided into three paragraphs that address: 1) what got you interested in the field that you have chosen; 2) what are you looking for in a residency program; and 3) what. I recommend starting to work on your personal statement in July. Remember that most attendings will ask for a copy of your personal statement in order to write a letter of recommendation.