Shandaken Residency Personal Statement

So, it’s time to write your Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) residency personal statement for the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), but you need a little guidance.

We’ve got you covered: 

What should you write about in your residency personal statement?

Let’s create a residency match personal statement plan.

Of course:

This “residency match plan” will be similar to the successful plans that we’ve created for thousands of our students over the last decade.

Let’s get started:

Below is a list that will help you get started and an, of course, a successful example residency match essay.


ERAS Residency Personal Statement.  Where should you start?

Start with something catchy to engage your reader. The first one or two sentences are pivotal. If the opening of your essay bores your reader, he may stop reading.

And then:

End with a strong conclusion to leave a lasting impression.

Never make this common residency match mistake:

Do not use cliché phrases such as “I like internal medicine because I enjoy working with patients.”

What else?

Avoid quotations. The personal statement is about you.

ERAS Personal Statement

So you want to apply to two specialties.

Are you wondering how the process works?

Applicants may compose and upload as many personal statements for their residency applications as they wish.

Applying to two medical residency specialties.

So what if I’m applying to two specialties?

This means you can compose a personal statement for each (which I recommend!).

What else?

It also means that you can target specific types of programs.

Such as?

You might write one personal statement for programs that are research focused and a different personal statement for programs that are not.


If you are trying to target a geographic area, you might write a personal statement to highlight that specific interest.

But there’s more…

A unique title for each ERAS personal statement.

When you upload your personal statements to ERAS, you will create a unique title to identify each.

What will program directors (PD’s) see?

PD’s will not be able to see these titles and thus will be unaware that you wrote different, and targeted, personal statements.

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Residency Personal Statement(s): Target Your Audience

Need help with your residency personal statement? Our expert team can help. Contact MedEdits:

Jessica Freedman MD

JESSICA FREEDMAN, M.D., is president of MedEdits Medical Admissions and author of the MedEdits Guide to Medical Admissions and The Medical School Interview. Follow Dr. Freedman and MedEdits on Facebook and Twitter.

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