Residency Application Guide

There are a number of considerations that will enable you to succeed in your residency application. As you apply for residency, consider these tips:

Impress Your Audience

Write for residency program director, interviewers and other members of selection committee.  The reviewers rely on a personal statement to learn more about an individual. It also helps them to determine if an applicant has the qualities they seek for in future residents.  You can strengthen your application and open opportunities with a well written personal statement. There are some application reviewers who skim through a personal statement while others read carefully.  A personal statement supports your application if it will convey to your audience how you are a mature, enthusiastic, thoughtful, responsible and stable individual. On top of your personal statement, submit your CV to the people writing your letters of recommendation. Since you do not know who will read your personal statement or the weight with which it will be considered, it is in your interest to develop a personal statement of high quality.

When you write residency application personal statement, ensure that you address these factors:

  • The reason why you are interested in the chosen field
  • What you are looking for in residency program
  • What are the professional goals in the chosen field
  • The reason why a residency program should select you
  • Your accomplishments that are relevant to your career
  • Contributions that you can make to the specialty
  • Contributions that you can make to residency program
  • Your other interests.

It is not a must that you answer all these questions in the personal statement but you should strike a balance between the past, present and future. Also balance the personal and professional areas. Ask for the opinion of your personal advisor as to whether your personal statement is appropriate to your specialty.

Focus on the activities you have engaged in that supported your interest in medicine. The people who will go through the personal statement want see the evidence that your activities have helped you to understand the practice. These activities include clinical exposure, community service and research.

Write in a direct and concise way with each paragraph focusing on central idea.

Your personal statement should have logical flow. Avoid jumping from one topic to another and have transitions between the sentences and paragraphs.  Services like,, and will help you with your residency application process.