To Those “Out There”

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.