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The AMCAS Essay: Using Your Resume

By Don Willard + updated on April 6th, 2018

Sometimes, advice with the very best of intentions can mislead you. Such is the case when it comes to AMCAS essays. Almost all candidates for medical school have received this advice: Your AMCAS statement should not be a text version of your resume. Well, of course not. But this advice is widely misunderstood, apart from [...]

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Mistakes to Avoid in Your Dental School Personal Statement

By Amber Funderburk + updated on April 6th, 2018

Although no personal statement is ever perfect, whether the errors fall into the category of minor stumbles or major pitfalls can make a difference in your ability to secure a spot in a dental school program. Here’s a list of the top mistakes to avoid in writing your dental school essays. 1. Not planning ahead [...]

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How to Make Your Residency Personal Statement Personal

By Amber Funderburk + updated on April 4th, 2018

When writing your residency personal statement, standing apart from the crowd can be difficult. Because the requirements to become a physician are rigorous (as they should be!), your background will likely be similar to other applicants in numerous ways. The good news is that residency selectors know this – and they want applicants who have [...]

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Specialty-Specific Advice for Writing Your Residency/Fellowship Personal Statement

By Amber Funderburk + updated on April 2nd, 2018

Writing a personal statement tailored to your chosen specialty can give you an edge in the residency matching and fellowship selection process. Even if you are planning to apply to a variety of specialties, using the same personal statement for all of them will leave you with an essay that is too general to capture [...]

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Differences Between a Residency/Fellowship Personal Statement and an Essay for Med School

By Amber Funderburk + updated on April 2nd, 2018

Without a doubt, the most common pitfall that I see when working with residency/fellowship applicants is writing a personal statement that reads like an essay for med school. Although this is completely understandable (med school was probably the last time that you wrote anything like a ‘personal statement’), submitting a med school style essay with [...]

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Do You Want To Fit In Or Stand Out?

By Barbara Dressel + updated on March 29th, 2018

International students add valuable diversity to a university, enriching the experience of other students on campus. Schools with a strong global presence often have a wealth of cultural groups and events, allowing international students an opportunity to share their food, music, and traditions with their classmates. But first you must decide if you want to [...]

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Celebrate Your Cultural Differences While You Learn About Your Similarities

By Barbara Dressel + updated on March 28th, 2018

It is often difficult for international students to know what to write for their personal statement for US universities. My advice is to write about what you know best:  your dreams and goals. Cultural diversity is a major factor in the composition of many university classrooms, so celebrate your differences while you tell the reader [...]

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