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Greatest personal challenge/how will your overcome it in medicine?

Should we talk about a personal challenge not relevant to medicine, or somthing you don't like about medicne (like long hours, HMO stuff like that)? does anyone have the exact wordings of this essay title? please share your thoughts.
 

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What do you think will be your greatest personal challenge as a physician and how will you address this.

personal challenge.
I hope you don't plan to take HMOs personally... :p

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Just talk about something in your life that you had to overcome to get where you are today. It can be anything and does not need to be about medicine. I wouldn't talk about the long hours and HMO and how you would overcome these. The question is not asking for that. The question is looking for how you deal with adversity in life and some of the personal qualities that you gained from that experience.
 
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Does UVA take a good number of OOS? I'm gonna be living in VA starting next month, so I thought it might be a good place to apply, but I have TX residency.
 

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UVa's class is about 34% OOS, I believe. I don't know if that translates to "good" or "bad" relative to other state schools... just thought I'd pass it along.
 

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CavalierMD said:
What do you think will be your greatest personal challenge as a physician and how will you address this.

personal challenge.
I hope you don't plan to take HMOs personally... :p

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oops...I took the "as a physician" part and totally wrote about a medical issue. Hopefully that's fine...honestly I'm sure they get a good mix of people who write about a medical issue and people who write about a personal issue. Take your pick and just go with it.
 

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monkeymeg2 said:
oops...I took the "as a physician" part and totally wrote about a medical issue. Hopefully that's fine...honestly I'm sure they get a good mix of people who write about a medical issue and people who write about a personal issue. Take your pick and just go with it.
Yeah, could be a matter of interpretation. I took it to mean: "so, you wanna be a doctor... being a doctor is tough... academically and personally... tell us something personal" thinking that they wanted to make sure you had a full 360 perspective of what you were getting into. But there are going to be a million and one challenges... and I guess you could argue that any challenge is personal, in a way... just write something you can really stand behind. :luck:
 

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I kind of went back and forth over using a personal issue or using a medical issue. For me, the question was saying "there are a lot of things that will be going on while you are practicing medicine and a lot of things to be considered..." So, I picked something that I knew I was never going to be able to change about practicing medicine that I know will be a personal challenge and ran with it. I like how my essay turned out, though your interpretation sounds great, too. Ahh...the joys of ambiguity. Let's say we are both right (since I think we've both already submitted).
 

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Sounds good to me! ;)
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