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Old 04-09-2013
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I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions regarding my personal statement. Please help!

1. Any recommendation on length of personal statements?
2. When writing a personal statement, I was wondering if it'd be okay to use a quote or a proverb/saying in support of the statement? I thought that something intriguing like a proverb would get the residency program's coordinators attention. Is it recommended?
3.Regarding a specialty, what strategies can I use in a personal statements to show interest in particular specialty. Please provide examples. I understand this is a general question but anything would help. What is one way you were able to introduce your interest in a specialty?
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1. My ps was 1 and 1/3 pages long.. Don't make it longer, keep in mind this person has to read hundreds of statements.

2. IMO it's very cliche to write a quote or proverb, almost every other IMG does it, so if you want to set yourself apart think of something outside the box. I didnt write one btw

3. This is all about you and why you chose this specialty in other words this is what any person who reads your PS will be looking forward to read. I think you should go online and look up PS examples and see how other people have described their interest. This will vary from person to person and is basically the back bone to your PS. Don't copy and paste, if you like an idea put it in your own words see if that actually fits your personality. Get it proof read by by atleast 2-3 different ppl, and not anyone who's applying for the same match, they will give a bias opinion.
I know my reply might be vague but I hope it helped somewhat. Good luck
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I think the PS has a 20,000 character limit (or some very large number) but that is way too long. A page is perfect, or so that's what I've been told. ERAS displays/prints personal statements in 10 pt Courier New. Knowing this will allow to to write as much as possible and yet keep in to one page. Paragraphs will be separated by just an indent, not a line. Mine was 550 words to be exact. As far as what the content should be, everyone has a different opinion so I can't say what works and what doesn't.
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1. Generally, the length of a personal statement is 500 to 800 words, as are one or two-page limits. If you are given a count of 1,500 words approximately, then you need not write upto the maximum length, but to make only one-half of the word count might be a chance missed.

2. You can choose a quote with a meaning you plan to show the reader as the essay proceeds, but do not use a proverb or saying, and do not illustrate the quote in your essay. To avoid any issue, you may also use Residency Personal Statements as your PS writer, if you need.

3. You can describe about a clinical activity, research project, or volunteer commitment that helped you in developing skills valued in your specialty, or mention your goals. Thus, your personal statement is a chance to show what makes you unique and should give concrete examples that relate your life, aims, experience.

I hope you will find this answer helpful.
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Old 07-31-2015
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Hi guys,
Make use of Mr.Thomas who is well experienced in writing Personal Statement, contact him if you have any doubts.
His email is

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