5+ Year Member
Jan 9, 2015
Western Washington State
Medical Student
For those ophthalmologists who review personal statements for their program: what are you looking to see in a personal statement? The general advice I hear is to include why you're interested in the specialty and why you'd be good at it. Any cliches to avoid on the former, or things that would make you think an applicant has a good handle on what the specialty is about? Any attributes that would make a candidate especially good for ophtho that you would want highlighted? On that one I'm mostly thinking about my sterotypes of ophthalmologists - good with their hands, eye for detail, visual people (no pun intended), etc, but would be very appreciative of an ophthalmologist's perspective.

I've also heard of people putting in a short final paragraph with hobbies/outside interests to show that you're a normal person and give the interviewer fodder for the interview. Not sure how I feel about it, especially as I feel like it would be very out of place in most personal statements. Advice very much appreciated!

Thank you!
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7+ Year Member
Jul 18, 2012
Resident [Any Field]
The format I went with was intro, how I got interested in it via work experience, how I continued to pursue ophtho in med school, hobby #1, hobby #2, conclusion. I made sure to tie my hobbies into desirable skills a resident would have. n=1 but my hobbies and ophtho-related work experience got brought up a bunch during interviews

Fascia Lata

Senior Member
15+ Year Member
Feb 2, 2005
I think what annoys me the most is the statement: ophthalmology combines both medicine and surgery. Come on. Sounds so cliche. We all know that ophthalmology is in many respects a specialty that will detach you from medicine (I am aware of the exceptions)
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