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Old 09-12-2011
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Question Personal Statement length? The number of words?

What should be the ideal length of a personal statement to include in ERAS when we apply for residency?

I know that it's recommended to be one page, let's see how many words exactly have you included in your personal statement?
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According to mededit, they said that the perfect length is 500 to 600.

But I don't think there's any rule about that.
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I have to agree with Thurama that 500-600 words is an optimal length for a personal statement. Here's more on ERAS personal statement length.
"DO keep to one page in length. Programs do not want to dig for important points in a lengthy document. Limiting yourself to one page will help you keep your points clear, concise, and readable." - Personal Statement “Do’s” and “Don’ts”.
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Default Ideal Personal Statement Length

Programs can average anywhere from 500 to 10,000 applications. So imagine the number of documents a program director has to go through.

We typically suggest a length of 1 full typed page. Often times, 1 page and 1 paragraph is OK. Anything beyond 1.5 pages is too long. At the end of the day, some individuals have more things that must go into a personal statement. Those that are longer usually occur with individuals that have red flags to explain or a long period between graduation and residency applications.
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