The Editor's cCorner: Personal Statements

Crafting a Compelling Personal Statement, and Why How You Start Matters

  No one wants to write a terrible personal statement.  No one wants to know that his was the one that made the program director roll his eyes, or that hers was the one to cause her residency application to … Continue reading

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Personal Statement Red Flags: Turning Blemishes Into Bright Spots

  There are no personality traits more attractive in a candidate than self-awareness, confidence and humility.  And nothing makes these traits more attractive than the barriers the candidate had to overcome to obtain them.   Red flags come in many … Continue reading

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Is Your Personal Statement Service a Scam?

This morning I had one of the most enjoyable phone calls I have ever had from a potential client.  His question:  How do I know your services are not a scam?   My caller went on to explain that he … Continue reading

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The Noble Art of Using Magical Words in a Personal Statement

  I will never forget the call I received two years ago from an international medical graduate from Hungary asking for me please to give him the “magical words” for his personal statement.  It was August, 2013, and he was … Continue reading

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The Myth of the One-Page Personal Statement

  We hear it all the time from candidates applying for medical residency: my personal statement has to be one page. One of my attendings told me so. A program director told me so. It is the recommendation of the … Continue reading

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How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

From job applications to applications for graduate school and medical residency, letters of recommendation are critical to the success of the candidate.  Their purpose is simple: to show a personal view of the candidate from a trusted, relatively objective, third … Continue reading

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How to Use Metaphors Successfully in a Personal Statement

  One of the greatest challenges every candidate faces when applying for fellowship or residency training, graduate school or college is deciding what to write in their personal statements. The next greatest challenge is how to write it.  Everyone wants … Continue reading

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Why Quotes Should Be Avoided in a Personal Statement

  One of the greatest challenges—and for many the single greatest challenge—in applying for medical residency is deciding what to write in the personal statement.  How do I stand out?  What can I write to catch the program director’s attention?  … Continue reading

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Recent Pressures on Medicare and Why They Matter for Your Personal Statement

Ask anyone in the U.S. about Medicare, and almost everyone will tell you it is suffering.  Our population is growing older, the cost of medical care is rising, and the Medicare system is struggling to keep pace.  When most people … Continue reading

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The One Question to Ask When Looking to Hire an Editor

One of my highest priorities as editor in chief of DLA Editors & Proofers is to be personally available to our clients. While the demands on my time sometimes prevent this, I enjoy introducing myself to prospective clients, especially when … Continue reading

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