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A Piece of My Mind
September 26, 2017

To Those “Out There”

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
JAMA. 2017;318(12):1107-1108. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.10823

Like many of my fourth-year medical student peers, I find myself grappling with how to craft my residency application personal statement. Many struggle to avoid sounding pretentious while still demonstrating their achievements and qualifications. Some wrestle with how to describe meaningful patient interactions to illustrate what draws them to medicine. Still others find it difficult to articulate concisely why they find a given specialty compelling, or what characteristics they desire in a specific program.