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Try to use these best practices when writing your personal statement:

1) 'AVO' - Actor - Verb - Object of the action
Proper English grammar typically follows the 'AVO' rule.
Ex: Luisa (Actor) performed (verb) patient histories (Object of the action).
Ex: Sameer (Actor) displayed (Verb) compassion (Object of the action).

2) Keep tenses consistent whenever possible. Improperly mixing past, present, and future tenses can confuse the reader.
Ex of what NOT to do: I attended the university hospital where I perform rounds and will take patient histories.**This confuses the reader as to when the action took place.
**Keep the tenses consistent:
Ex: I attended the university hospital where I performed rounds and took patient histories.

3) Reduce, Reduce, Reduce!
99% of sentence can be shortened and still convey the same meaning.
Ex of what NOT to do: I attended the university which was a great school for learning and development of my medical skills.
**This is too wordy. You can provide the same meaning with less words.
Ex: I learned and developed my medical skills at the university.

Of course many more best practices exist, but these should point you in the right direction.
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