Suggested Format for Personal Statement

  • Provide a brief description of your background, ie, place of birth, occupation of parents.
  • Explain why you originally became interested in medicine.
  • Explain why you developed a specific interest in obstetrics and gynecology.
  • Discuss what makes you unique as an individual.
  • Explain unusual constraints in the selection of a residency program, eg, couples match, special geographical considerations, career opportunities for partner (if applicable).
  • Discuss your future plans (to the extent that they are known):
    — Preferred geographic location
    — Private practice versus academic medicine
    — Type of private practice (solo, group, multispecialty group)
    — Fellowship interest
  • Describe extracurricular activities—what you do to preserve balance in your life.


Please note: Be certain your faculty adviser reviews this document before you submit it. Poorly written personal statements may detract from an otherwise excellent application.

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