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
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