Let's practice your personal statement: why the switch?Hey guys, I recently switched my track from Emergency med to Neurology. Naturally, all of my previous research on residency was focused on EM. I am looking into neurology statistics now. That being said, can anyone comment on how competitive neuro residency is? Specifically a COMLEX 2 SCORE needed and if USMLE 2 needed?
OMS III USMLE 1: 221 COMLEX: 599
Strong LOR from my neurology preceptor +3 others
Straight passes in all classes
(Plus other extracurriculars geared towards EM)
-I know my personal statement will be important to explain why neurology now and not EM. Is there another way to show interest to prospective programs?
Thank you for your input!
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I switched for several reasons including:
-Several outpatient rotations helped me realize I would enjoy maintaining a patient-physician relationship
-My second interest was (and still is) psych, and I enjoyed distinguishing organic causes of illness from psychogenic causes
-During rotations I realized I enjoy a puzzle and actually knowing/coming to a final diagnosis. I think this appeals to me more than stabilizing someone to dispo without knowing the definitive diagnosis.