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In a survey of family medicine residency programs, 87% cited the personal statement as a factor in selecting applicants to interview.

 

A particularly important question to answer in the statement is "Why are you interested in pursuing a career in family medicine? In our free E-Document "Why Family Medicine", we share the reasons why family physicians chose to enter the field.

Program directors were also asked to rate the importance of the statement on a scale of 1 (not at all important) to 5 (very important). The statement received an average rating of 4.1. Of note, this was higher than the ratings for USMLE Step 1 score and Step 2 CK in the specialty. 

 

A particularly important question to answer in the statement is "Why are you interested in pursuing a career in family medicine? In our free E-Document "Why Family Medicine," we share the reasons why family medicine physicians chose to enter the field. 

 

In our book, The Successful Match 2017, you'll find a detailed chapter on personal statement preparation.

Resources to Help You Develop a Powerful Personal Statement

  1. Why Family Medicine?  Read more >>

  2. The book THE SUCCESSFUL MATCH 2017 (Includes 40-page chapter on the personal statement with sample statements)  Read more >>

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