personal statement editing
In the 2020 NRMP Program Director Survey, 84% of program directors cited the personal statement as a factor in selecting applicants to interview.
A powerful and compelling statement can significantly strengthen your application.
Our experience has shown that, unfortunately, many statements are bland and lacking impact. Submitting a generic or lackluster personal statement represents a lost opportunity to impress.
Our goal is to partner with you to create a powerful and compelling statement that makes program directors say, "I really want to meet this applicant."
Utilizing the insight and perspective of Dr. Samir Desai, an expert in the residency match process, and the expertise of our expert writing team, we will help you create the high impact statement that you deserve.
"I was told by a chief resident that my psychiatry personal statement was among the top 10 personal statements the program had received during my application cycle."
How It Works
Step 1: Purchase the Service from our online store.
Step 2: Dr. Samir Desai and our team will set up a kick-off meeting to understand your background and goals, and discuss the process.
Step 3: We will ask you to send us your personal statement draft along your CV.
Step 4: Your statement will be reviewed in great detail by Dr. Samir Desai and our team.
Step 5: Following review of your statement draft and CV, we will send you a list of questions to answer. The questionnaire is unique to each applicant and is designed to uncover information in your background that would be appealing to programs in their decision-making process. The focus is on identifying what makes you stand out from other applicants.
In Dr. Desai's experience, all applicants have something that makes them stand out. It may not be apparent to the applicant, but completion of our questionnaire often sheds light on these factors. Without this important step, important content may not be identified and incorporated into the statement.
Step 6: After receiving your questionnaire, we will then provide suggestions on how the content of the statement can be changed to make the greatest impact on programs
Step 7: Once the content is finalized, your statement will then be reviewed and edited by one of our writing experts. It is at this point that we will address sentence structure, flow, and transitions between paragraphs, etc.. Please note that our personal statements are typically 750-850 words which means that they stretch a bit onto the second page. Over the past 15 years, we have had tremendous success matching students into programs in all specialties with this length, even with programs that recommend statements be less than one page. The bottom line is that programs will read your statement in its entirety if it written in a powerful and compelling manner. If you feel strongly about having a 500-700 word statement, we will respect your request. However, in our experience, when a PS is arbitrarily kept too short, it dramatically limits the author's ability to tell a powerful story, leading to a weaker and less effective PS.
Step 8: We will work with you until you are satisfied (no limit on # of revisions). Our goal is to partner with you to develop the most powerful and compelling statement possible, one that will make the selection committee say, "I want to meet this applicant."