Anesthesia Personal Statement for Prelim Medicine and Transitional Year Programs???

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Hi, i'm sure i'm not the only one on here that is gearing up their ERAS app and writing their personal statements.

My question is, do we submit the exact same PS that we wrote for our Anesthesia programs to the Prelim Medicine Programs and the Transitional Year programs that we're applying for??

Or do you advise that we include a paragraph or two about why we want to do a prelim med year or why we want to do a transitiona year?

Any advice from those who just went thru this process in the recent past would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!
 

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I submitted my "Why I want to go into anesthesiology and what I expect my career to look like" statement to medicine prelims. Many of the internal medicine interviewers responded positively to my statement, particularly where I expressed values about the 'doctor-patient relationship.'

They know you're not going into IM. They do not expect you to say, "I've been dying to do this internship for my entire life and I believe it's in my destiny" blah blah blah. Just be truthful about what you want to do and why, and they should be satisfied.
 

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No need to alter. If you are paranoid, you can cut and paste the entire ps to a new title and write one sentence at the end about why prelim or TY. I did that because it was so easy- but I am sure it is unnecessary- they know you are just passing through...

Ologist said:
Hi, i'm sure i'm not the only one on here that is gearing up their ERAS app and writing their personal statements.

My question is, do we submit the exact same PS that we wrote for our Anesthesia programs to the Prelim Medicine Programs and the Transitional Year programs that we're applying for??

Or do you advise that we include a paragraph or two about why we want to do a prelim med year or why we want to do a transitiona year?

Any advice from those who just went thru this process in the recent past would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!
 

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I just cut my anesthesia statement in half and inserted a few lines about why I thought a prelim medicine year was beneficial. In hindsight, I would have written a prelim specific statement, and applied to more prelims than I did (10 vs 19 anesthesia ones). I matched into what I wanted but I wish I had had more choices than the 3 prelim interviews I ended up going to.
 

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I can't comment on the prelim med application, but for my TY apps I just sent the same PS word for word. It wasn't an issue.
 

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I added a small paragraph to the end of my anesthesiology essay (only like 2-3 sentences long), describing my reasons for wanting a prelim medicine year to prepare me for my anesthesiology career.


btw, prelims are not hard to get (at the beginning of the application process i thought they were . . .). If i knew that i wouldn't have wasted so much time and strength on EIGHT prelim interviews.
 

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Prelim med can be competitive in very popular places to live or programs that are considered "cushier"...

Otherwise, Chica says it like it is!

chicamedica said:
I added a small paragraph to the end of my anesthesiology essay (only like 2-3 sentences long), describing my reasons for wanting a prelim medicine year to prepare me for my anesthesiology career.


btw, prelims are not hard to get (at the beginning of the application process i thought they were . . .). If i knew that i wouldn't have wasted so much time and strength on EIGHT prelim interviews.
 

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Kind of a related question....is there a way to see which programs offer a prelim med spot? I don't find a box to check on FRIEDA for just prelim med. I do see a link for Trans. programs. Thanks for your help!
 

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USIMG07 said:
Kind of a related question....is there a way to see which programs offer a prelim med spot? I don't find a box to check on FRIEDA for just prelim med. I do see a link for Trans. programs. Thanks for your help!
Search in FREIDA under "Internal Medicine" and be sure to select the box that says something like, "Offers preliminary positions."