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Dr. Vineet Arora is a an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery at the Pritzker School of Medicine for the University of Chicago. She blogs at FutureDocs and is very active on Twitter at the handle @FutureDocs.
We go over do’s and don’ts about writing personal statements. Have you ever wondered if you should include a quote in your residency personal statement? What about talking about your struggles during medical school? A big question many people have is whether or not to talk about a diagnosis of depression or other mental health issues.
Dr. Arora thinks that red flags need to be carefully placed, or maybe not included at all.
We also hit on how non-traditional students have a little bit of a harder time tying all of your experiences together.
I asked Dr. Arora about the most memorable personal statement she’s read – she couldn’t remember one. She almost always remembers the really bad ones. Don’t be one of the bad ones!
The overriding message that Dr. Arora shares about the personal statement – it’s supposed to be a positive message and end on a high note!
We also talk about rotating as a medical student. Dr. Arora says she actually doesn’t recommend students do away rotations, specifically for internal medicine. Her point – you’re only giving more data points to the programs to judge you by. If your scores are good enough to get an interview, let them speak for yourself and show yourself off during the interview. If you are doing an away rotation, you are on a month long interview – 24/7. That can be stressful!
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