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Is it just me, or it is a lot more difficult to write PS in under a page on ERAS now? My PS is 758 words and it is about 1 page + 1 paragraph. My residency PS was longer and was well under 1 page. I guess they changed the spacing or font size since a few years ago? Any tips/recommendations?

Thanks.
 

Animalcules

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You are overthinking it. But I am sure you could cut back a paragraph and distill it down if you spend another hour on it. Let someone else read it.
 
Jun 17, 2020
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You are overthinking it. But I am sure you could cut back a paragraph and distill it down if you spend another hour on it. Let someone else read it.
I have tried and it’s very difficult to do so. It’s “only” 5 paragraphs. Are there any fellowship PDs or chief residents in here that can give an idea of what they look for?
 
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Animalcules

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It depends what you are applying to. A top, research-heavy academic fellowship position, a community program, etc. You need to tailor to where you are applying at what you are looking for. Do you have someone who you trust that can read and edit it for you?
 
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It depends what you are applying to. A top, research-heavy academic fellowship position, a community program, etc. You need to tailor to where you are applying at what you are looking for. Do you have someone who you trust that can read and edit it for you?
I’m not looking for a research heavy program, community is fine or lower-tier Uni. My letter is tailored well but just struggling to trim it down and so are others. Will keep trying I guess.
 

WinslowPringle

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There is no personal statement I’ve ever read that was *that* good that it had to be longer than one page. It’s a personal statement, not a Dickens write-alike attempt.

Remove adverbs and adjectives. Remove any “purple prose” about helping people. If you’ve dedicated a whole paragraph to developing a simile or metaphor or showcasing your work with starving orphans in low SES countries, cut the paragraph to a sentence or remove entirely. Don’t repeat yourself outside of tying paragraphs together or your final tie-in. Aggressively outline the thing and cull the things that don’t fit. Have someone read it for you.
 
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There is no personal statement I’ve ever read that was *that* good that it had to be longer than one page. It’s a personal statement, not a Dickens write-alike attempt.

Remove adverbs and adjectives. Remove any “purple prose” about helping people. If you’ve dedicated a whole paragraph to developing a simile or metaphor or showcasing your work with starving orphans in low SES countries, cut the paragraph to a sentence or remove entirely. Don’t repeat yourself outside of tying paragraphs together or your final tie-in. Aggressively outline the thing and cull the things that don’t fit. Have someone read it for you.
Total agreement.

Call it overdirect but i don't like a lot of fluff in personal statements. When I wrote my fellowship statement I stuck to the tried and true 5 paragrapher:

1) Intro
2) Why I'm interested in the field
3) Humblebrag/CV regurg of why I'm awesome (for the job)
4) What I hope to see/learn in fellowship
5) Conclusion - wrap up and maybe touching on future career plans like academics vs PP.

Keep it succinct and on point.
 
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