If you’re at that stage in your medical career where you’re deciding on a specialty, you may be wondering how many residency programs to apply to. Read on to learn more, because the number may surprise you!
Most medical students struggle with the personal statement because the expectations for it are so vague and broad. When do you write it? How do you get started? What do you put in it? How do you know if it is good? In reality, the answers to these questions will vary depending on who you talk to; most people, however, will agree that the personal statement should be a mix of your unique interests, aspirations, and motivations in addition to “why” you are interested in the particular field you are applying into In this piece, I will present to you tips, tricks, and approaches to starting, writing, and editing a personal statement.
Preparing for residency interviews is a critical part of the application process, regardless of whether your interviews are virtual or in-person. An interview can solidify (or counter) who you are on paper, and programs are looking for applicants who “fit,” with both their organizational and social cultures. As a program director told me last cycle, applicants tend to “surprise” admission committees in both good and bad ways.