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I am applying for Internal Medicine program. On my ERAS there is provision to type 28000 character including spacing. I could not find specifications for Personal statement word/character limit for any program. Most say it should not be more that1 page. If that is the case why do we have so much of space on ERAS to enter PS.

Can anyone clarify what length of personal statement be appropriate for most of the programs? Thanks
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I am applying for Internal Medicine program. On my ERAS there is provision to type 28000 character including spacing. I could not find specifications for Personal statement word/character limit for any program. Most say it should not be more that1 page. If that is the case why do we have so much of space on ERAS to enter PS.

Can anyone clarify what length of personal statement be appropriate for most of the programs? Thanks
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programs dont specify the length of PS. thats completely up to you. and yes eras has a limit of 2800 characters, which is about 3 pgs. but really and truly whos gonna sit down and read 3 pgs worth of explanation for 1000s of applicants? and how can u make a 3pg PS interesting all the way thru so that PDs read them and don't get bored?? kinda tough. I say stick to one page-1 page and half. anything more is going to hurt u more than anything. but then again, i've never applied before, this is my first time
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1 page length is ideal IMO - abt 600 to 650 words, I dont think pds even attempt to read if its 3 page length
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