Personal Statement editing for the Surgical Specialties
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We've had such an enthusiastic reaction to our Personal Statement editing service in Plastic Surgery, that we are offering specialty-specific personal statement editing to:
- General Surgery
- Oral Maxillofacial Surgery/OMFS
- Orthopedic Surgery
We are working toward offering this service to Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry applicants as well, but for this season we are still focused on the surgical specialties and Anesthesia.
If you landed on this page, chances are a friend told you about us. We worked hard for them, and we will for you too.
Your essay will be read by our experienced team, as well as a carefully selected senior or Chief resident in your specialty.
When you sign-up, we will automatically email you instructions for submission. Once your statement is submitted, we have it back to you within 5 business days, on average. We encourage early submissions which mean more time for editing without feeling the fall ERAS crunch.
When you sign up, you will receive:
- our 5-minute guide to an effective personal statement which includes our top 5 tips and our top buzz words for your residency personal statement, to give you guidance for a more refined draft.
- once you're ready to submit your essay, we will read your personal statement for structure, syntax, content, length, spelling and grammar. We will give you an overall critique with summative comments, as well as provide line-by-line edits to show you more effective ways to get your message across. Our greatest effort is directed at essay content and readability. Then we'll send it back to you.
- Once you’re done incorporating the edits, send it back and we’ll take another look and send back our analysis.
Similar services for residency applications sell for up to $800. We are the only group that offers editing specifically for applicants to the specialities. We don’t use boilerplate or generic language. All of our comments and suggestions are specific to your essay.
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OPTIMIZE YOUR APPLICATION
Comments from last year:
"Can't thank you guys enough...don't know that my application would have attracted any
attention without your help."
- applicant in ENT, Boston
"I had a few friends and colleagues read my essay but no one gave it the treatment you
guys did. Professional all the way. Kudos."
- applicant in orthopedic surgery, NYC
General Surgery $449.95
Orthopedic Surgery $449.95
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery $449.95
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee any outcome. Applying in any surgical specialty or anesthesia is highly competitive and while we truly believe we will help you craft a better personal statement, we obviously cannot guarantee that it will lead to an interview or match.
Privacy notice: Your personal statement is yours. Your personal data is never shared and essays are treated confidentially.
Refund policy: All sales are final. There are absolutely no refunds. No one has ever asked for one. We plan to keep it that way.
Where to Start:
If you read our page about plastic surgery personal statements, this advice will seem familiar. Your residency personal statement should be just that, personal. Make it about you. This is your chance to tell programs something they wouldn’t otherwise learn from your application.
You can assume that people who read your application will read all of it. That means that your essay shouldn’t just recapitulate what’s already there. It is not a narrative version of your C.V. (that is a guaranteed way to bore your reader), although you should highlight or expound on certain elements that support the story you’re telling and are relevant to plastic surgery.
Start by writing down what you’re really interested in. Your essay doesn’t necessarily need to address these questions, but it’s a good place to start…
- Why are you interested in this particular specialty? What drew you to the field? What motivated you? Was it a particular case you participated in? A rotation? A life experience that shaped your career goals? While we all enjoy a good story, if yours is invented, your reader will likely figure that out and fabricating the truth does not reflect well. See below regarding “honesty.”
- What are your career goals?
- Tell us something about you. Don’t go crazy, but a quick bio is nice. What are your interests outside of the specialty? Do you have a family? Military background?
- What skills or qualities do you have that make you suited to the training and practice of surgery?
- What is something unique about you that would make you a fun and interesting person to train with? Why should we want to train you? Why should we want to be your co-resident? Are you well-traveled, speak several languages, started a business, do you compost under your sink, are you a serious athlete? Is there a transformative event from your past that helps explain better who you are as a person? This is what gets noticed, remembered, and makes a great opener for when you get invited for an interview.
Things NOT to do:
1. Do not tell board-certified attendings in your field what your field is all about. This one is SUPER common. It generally depicts a superficial understanding of a limited aspect of the field. Everyone reading your personal statement already knows about the specialty. We don’t know about you. You are not an expert on surgery/anesthesia (yet). You are an expert on YOU. Spend your time writing about that.
2. You are encouraged to have interests outside surgery but remember that the whole point of applying and matching to a residency program is to get surgical training. If it seems like all you want to do is research, leverage your MD/MBA into hospital administration, or design surgical devices for a living, then the programs reading your statement will rightly ask why they would devote 6-7 years to training you.
3. Do not ramble. Brevity really is the soul of wit.
4. Avoid abbreviations and colloquialisms.
5. Do not reuse your AMCAS statement (the one from your medical school application). We wouldn’t mention it if it didn’t happen.
6. A “cute” structure, such as writing your personal statement in the form of an H&P, is a terrible idea. Really. Don’t do it.
7. Do not use improper grammar. Please check your spelling. Twice.
8. Do not plagiarize. There are a few examples of personal statements on various websites and blogs. We’ve read a bunch of them (our opinion is that they are mediocre at best). Your best is better than this stuff.