Writing Personal Statements:
- Emphasize what makes you “tick”. Don’t just repeat information from your CV
- Importance of the humble brag: mention key strengths that you can bring to a program, tie into lessons learned from prior experiences.
- Don’t use the Personal Statement to list all of your important accomplishments or offices you have held. Use the CV portion of ERAS to do that.
- Demonstrating a commitment to Family Medicine is important but it has to ring true. Hyperboles can be a red flag.
- Quotes may be OK but have to be relevant and personal. Don’t include just to grab attention.
- Address any weaknesses in a concise way. Don’t start the statement or finish it with them, or dwell excessively on them. Focus on lessons learned and how you are moving on.
- Explain any significant gap in your CV