Copy of PERSONAL STATEMENT WRITING & INTERVIEW PREPARATION

RESIDENCY PERSONAL STATEMENT EDITING
FOR
FAMILY MEDICINE & PRIMARY CARE INTERNAL MEDICINE

 

Consulting Services
provided by
Augustine Wong BS BA MD ABFM LRCPEdin LRCSEdin LRCP&SGlas
Former Family Practice Residency Director with Experience Reviewing Thousands of Personal Statements

YOU DO NOT STAND OUT BY DOING BETTER WHAT OTHER APPLICANTS ARE DOING.

This Editing Service will

  • NOT help you write another cliche-laden sentimental personal statement about how you like providing comprehensive continuity of care with compassion

YOU STAND OUT BY DOING WHAT VERY FEW CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO DO!

Instead this Editing Service will help you shine in your refreshingly crisp and concise personal statement by

  • including a SOPHISTICATED and CULTURED discussion on PRIMARY CARE SYSTEMS

WHY THIS APPROACH?

BECAUSE

♠   Organisation of Health Care Delivery Is at the Heart of Primary Care   ♠

♠   Very Few Applicants Know How to Discuss It   ♠

Residency application comprises two stages: (1) submitting the application and supporting documents, and (2) interviewing.

One of the documents submitted as part of your application is the Personal Statement. Among the hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of personal statements a residency director has to read, how do you make yours stand out?

However, each speciality or field of medicine has its own unique approach to patient care, values and paradigms; so does primary care. If you are able to discuss them and their relevance to our complex healthcare system—in your Personal Statement—to demonstrate your insight and critical thinking, perhaps you will be that applicant invited for interview.

SAMPLE PERSONAL STATEMENTS

Your Personal Statement should reflect your personality. Do not just copy and paste buzzwords from the samples below into your Personal Statement without understanding the concepts behind them.  Otherwise, you will sound like defending somebody else's thesis. Attend the Seminar to learn the concepts related to primary healthcare systems and use your own words to write your killer Personal Statements.

Review the following Sample Personal Statements to see if you can come up with a more cultured and sophisticated narrative.

Sample Personal Statement 1 (application to family medicine)
Common Statement I like family medicine because it is the holistic specialty that treats soul and body. To be a successful family physician, one has to have compassion and empathy, as well as understanding of family systems and dynamics in the thorough assessment and management of diseases. Furthermore, no other fields of medicine emphasize prevention as much as family medicine.
Better Statement  ...

Family doctors are the products of the amalgamation of apothecaries, physicians and barber-surgeons. As medicine evolved from an art to a science more than a century ago, fuelled by the increasing prominence of pathophysiology in physician-led education which emphasises making the diagnosis, we should not forget the more patient-centred approach of symptomatic relief advocated by the humble apothecary, because in a community setting where a family doctor often has to deal with a patient's 'dis-EASE' more than 'disease' during the early undifferentiated stage, a primary care practitioner's confidence in handling uncertainty by appropriately 'using time as a diagnostic test or a therapeutic measure', coupled with his/her personal knowledge of the patient acquired through continuity of care, will be crucial in achieving cost-effective health services for society.

Doctors, wrote the late Dr John Fry (the almost-a-legend general practitioner, Consultant to World Health Organisation 1965-1983), still only 'cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always and prevent hopefully'. I have observed how tertiary care tries to over-promise society with high technology in the US. Primary care providers should have the wisdom to buck the trend by being more realistic about the limitations of medical advances.

I hope to join a residency programme whose faculty and trainees will grow together to become leaders in promoting a more realistic primary care system that will make the finite healthcare resources available to as many Americans as possible.

Sample Personal Statement 2 (application to primary care internal medicine)
Common Answer Internists specialize in the diagnosis and management of complex medical problems. As such, internal medicine is intellectually challenging. However, the important role preventive care plays in this field and the opportunity to establish long-term doctor-patient relationship also appeal to me.
Better Answer  ...

Internal medicine in the US has evolved from the mediaeval 'physic', where Latin-speaking physicians pursued the intellectually challenging diagnostic process for rare and complex diseases with a detective's zest for crime solving, to primary care internal medicine, where vernacular-speaking internists embrace preventative care and the patient-centred model.

In this new primary care paradigm, the same academic fervour for managing complex cases should also be applied to evidence-based research on newer concepts of preventive medicine such as lead-time bias and cost-effectiveness of secondary versus primary prevention.

Primary care internists are trained to make the judgement when to switch from the inductive method of diagnosis and therapeutics of hospital medicine to the more hypothetico-deductive approach more suited for community-based services.  Primary care internal medicine is the only field that adequately prepares its practitioners to apply the most appropriate paradigm based on the clinical presentation, the context, the psycho-social factors and the patient's health beliefs and cultural values.

Sample Personal Statement 3 (application to family medicine)
Common Answer My experience as a research assistant has deepened by quest for academic pursuit in my medical career, in addition to bedside clinical care. I am looking for a residency program where I can continue to participate in research.
Better Answer  ... Although most people associate academic medicine with research such as clinical trials of biomedical products conducted by subspecialists in tertiary care centres, I believe family doctors can make something academic out of the 'mundane' common disorders seen in the community setting. I had the privilege of completing my family medicine rotation with X Family Health Centre, where 'office-based research' was the norm. Applying the same scientific rigour as in larger studies but to smaller population, the attending doctors and students identified relationships between contraceptive method and subsequent incidence of sexually transmitted infections or effectiveness of dietary consultation on diabetic control among patients who attended the clinic. Because they are often not generalisable and only relevant to the local clinic population, they are generally not publishable (with a few exceptions). However, these activities are practical and realistic, totally in line with the ACGME core competency of 'Practice-based Learning and Improvement'. ...

If you feel that you are able to compose a statement better than the Better Statement in

  • only 1 out of the 3 statements, you should seriously consider this Consulting Service.
  • 2 out of the 3 statements, you may not need this Service.
  • 3 out of the 3 statements, you may want to consider applying to become my associate!

A CRISP AND CONCISE PERSONAL STATEMENT

The DON'Ts of Writing Personal Statements

There are too many websites out there providing such advice to make any repetition here a redundancy.

However, DON'T write another banal personal statement with cliches such as 'continuity of care', 'comprehensive' and 'compassion'.

The DOs of Writing Personal Statements

There are too many websites out there providing such advice to make any repetition here a redundancy.

However, DO include in your personal statement a discussion on at least one of the topics below related to the role of primary care in US healthcare systems.

Why Discuss US Primary Care Systems in the Personal Statement

Secondary and tertiary care is concerned with expensive high technology that should only be used where clearly indicated. On the other hand, primary care is concerned with distributing those finite healthcare resources to as many people as possible, through continual improvement and re-design of delivery systems.

Healthcare system is most relevant to primary care, among all three levels of care. However, most candidates are prepared to talk about medical sciences, and doctor-patient relationship, in their personal statements and during interviews. Therefore, being able to initiate an insightful discussion of health systems in your Personal Statement will allow you to stand out among candidates.

CONSULTANT

Augustine Wong BS BA MD ABFM LRCPEdin LRCSEdin LRCP&SGlas

Dr Augustine Wong is a board-certified family practitioner in the US and general practitioner with full registration in the UK, with close to 30 years of academic experience,  training residents and both medical and allied health students.

Apart from being director of residency-based family practice clinics, Dr Wong started a family medicine residency programme from scratch in the US and directed it for more than 11 years. He had personally interviewed hundreds of candidates and had trained many residents some of whom went on to become programme directors and department chairs.

Dr Wong is the director of 3P4Care Avondale, a new 4,500 sq ft primary care clinic, designed to meet the ACGME requirements as a family medicine practice to support a family practice residency training programme. Planning is underway to achieve that goal.

Dr Wong’s special interests include history of medicine, cross-cultural comparisons of healthcare systems, doctor-patient relationship, faculty development and practice management.

CONSULTING FOR EDITING RESIDENCY PERSONAL STATEMENTS

Please follow the steps below to use the Editing Service:

This consulting service is restricted to editing personal statements for candidates applying to FAMILY MEDICINE and PRIMARY CARE INTERNAL MEDICINE residencies only.

You need to register online to use this service. Confirmation of registration will be e-mailed to you within two business days of receipt of payment.

The Asklepaedia (USA) LLC does not condone or encourage plagiarism; therefore, you will be responsible for composing the personal statement in order to use our editing service. Please also send your curriculum vitae and your USMLE scores to allow Dr Wong a better overview of your strengths and weaknesses.

Although Dr Wong personally prefers British English in his writings, he will edit your personal statements using American English.

Turnaround time for the editing is ten business days after ALL THREE of the draught personal statement, the curriculum vitae and the USMLE scores have been received.

DATES WHEN DR AUGUSTINE WONG NOT AVAILABLE

TO WORK ON PERSONAL STATEMENT EDITING

None Anticipated till End of March 2018