I think of the PS as a way for you to tell the program more about you as a person that is not apparent in your CV. It’s a time to tell everyone your story and how it ties into your career!
Start with a compelling story - perhaps a patient you saw, an interaction you witnessed, a family member’s experience. Hook the reader and don’t dwell too long!
Your thesis statement should be clear but not too narrow. If too narrow, it can turn some people off!
“This experience has helped me realize my passion for patient care.”
“This experience has helped me realize my passion for neurosurgery.”
The reader may think, “what’ll happen if they can’t get into neurosurg? Will they give up?”
- what is unique about you? What do you bring to the table?
- what are you looking for in a future program? (& every program of course will fit this😉)
- where do you see yourself in 10, 15, 30 years?
Don’t get too controversial... yet. Wait to get in first, and then once you’ve got your platform, that’s when you enact the change you want!
We suck at writing in medicine, so have friends outside of medicine proofread your PS.
Revise like crazy!
Disagree with me? Have other thoughts? Leave a comment to help others!👇👇👇