Want an Outstanding Personal Statement?

While the following guidelines are intended specifically for writing personal statements for medical residency and medical fellowship in the U.S., these same concepts apply to personal statements for all other programs as well.


What Is a Personal Statement?

A personal statement is a person's narrative of how he or she came to apply for the position being sought. It should be concise and efficient, is generally best organized in chronological order, and should generally range in length from 650 to 850 words.

Where Our Expertise Comes From

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Interviews With Program Directors: We interview program directors and admission committee members to know exactly what they want—and don't want—to see in a personal statement.

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1,000+ Personal Statements Every Year: We consult on, critique, revise, edit and proofread 1,000+ personal statements annually. From this volume alone, we know what it takes to stand out.

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In-House, Highly Trained Personal Statement Experts: We do not use freelancers or students. And only our editors who have undergone rigorous training work on personal statements.

Our Clients Get Accepted

The only clients who have used our personal statement services and were not accepted into a program either ignored our suggestions or did not meet the program's minimum requirements.

Client Acceptance Rates

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Medical Fellowship

100.0%

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Medical Residency

97.4%

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Medical School

100.0%

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Master's & PhD

100.0%

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Law School

100.0%

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Dental School

100.0%

Red Flags We've Helped Our Clients Overcome

Everyone faces challenges, but not everyone overcomes them. We're experts in taking your blemishes and turning them into bright spots!

Red Flags We've Overcome

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Low Test Scores (or Failed Attempts)

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Poor GPA or Academic Performance

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Lack of Relevant Experience

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Professionalism Issues

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Disciplinary Action

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Failure to Match

Advice for Personal Statements

Our Advice for Personal Statements is broken down into the following sections:

Quick Questions

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How long should my personal statement be?

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What do you mean by "be specific"?

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What are the most common mistakes that you have seen?

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I want to "hook" the reader. What is the best way to do that?

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I am having trouble getting started. Can you help me write my personal statement?

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I have followed all your advice. Do I still need to have my personal statement edited?

Get More Advice on Our Blog

For more advice on personal statements, see the personal statement articles we have posted on our blog.

Get to Know Us!

We are a team of dedicated, in-house editors with 50+ years' combined experience.

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Samples of Our Work

Sample Personal Statement
Medical Fellowship—Geriatric
and Palliative Care

Sample Personal Statement
Medical Residency—Ob/Gyn—
IMG with Leave of Absence


Feedback We've Received

“When I came to DLA for help with my personal statement, the application period had already opened, and I knew I was behind. I signed up for the consultation service and cannot be happier with the results. I just had an interview, and the interviewer said my personal statement was one of the best she had ever read, that it clearly presented who I was and the journey I have been on to reach this point. Hearing that made it totally worth the cost!”

Alessandra B., Biddeford, ME

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