personal statement editing
In the 2016 NRMP Program Director Survey, 78% 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.
Unfortunately, our experience has shown that statements are often bland and lacking impact. This 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 Harvard-trained 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."
While a well-written statement can strengthen your application, a poorly written one can eliminate you from further consideration, even if your other credentials are attractive.
It's also common for applicants to submit a bland statement that lacks impact. This represents a lost opportunity to impress the program. We have considerable experience reviewing, editing, and polishing personal statements. Read our FAQs below for more information.
How does your personal statement review and editing service differ from other services?
The process begins with a 30-minute phone conversation between you and Dr. Samir Desai, author of The Successful Match. The goal is to learn as much as possible about you, your background, your credentials, and your interests. To make this conversation as productive as possible, applicants are encouraged to submit any available documents, including CV and personal statement draft (if available).
Why is this phone conversation important?
Residency programs will be evaluating your statement partly based on content. In Dr. Desai's experience, it's common for applicants to leave out important content, information that would be appealing to programs in their decision-making process.
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 an extensive conversation often sheds light on these factors. Without the initial phone conversation, important content may not be identified and incorporated into the statement.
The phone conversation also allows for discussion of your overall residency application strategy.
How It Works
Step 1: Purchase the Service from our online store.
Step 2: Send the personal statement draft (if available but not required) with your CV to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Your statement will be reviewed in great detail by Dr. Samir Desai.
Step 4: Following review of your statement draft and CV, Dr. Desai will send you a list of questions to answer. The focus will be on ensuring that key content from your background is not overlooked.
Step 5: Dr. Desai will then provide suggestions on how the content of the statement can be changed to make the most impact on programs
Step 6: Once the content is finalized, your statement will then be reviewed and edited by one of our writing experts.
Step 7: We will work with you until you are satisfied (no limit on # of revisions).
We require all personal statement drafts to be received by August 15 in order to create a high quality statement that you can submit on the earliest day possible.