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Neurology Residency Personal Statement Examples in 2023

Learn how to write a great personal statement in 2023 and view neurology residency personal statement examples. If you’re applying for Neurology Residency, you should not only prepare to answer any of the neurology interview questions that may come your way, but should first focus on writing a strong Personal Statement that makes the admissions team eager to invite you to an interview based on the qualities, skills and experiences you detail in your statement!

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Neurology is a field of medicine that deals with the management and treatment of various diseases in the brain, impaired function of the brain, brain trauma and injury, as well as the spinal cord and autonomic nervous system and related functions. Your Neurology Residency Personal Statement must accurately detail your passion, experience, goals and qualifications as they relate to the field to give the admissions committee a good idea of who you are as a person, as a professional, and as a potential Neurologist.

Neurology Residency is a moderately competitive program, and is generally regarded as “easy to match” to for those who have completed their MD program and have any additional research, experience, passion and qualifications specific to the field of Neurology. Whether you’re Canadian and applying through CaRMS , or American/International and using ERAS , your Personal Statement is an integral portion of your application and should highlight several aspects of your experiences, including your personal ties to the field, academic career, goals, values, and professional experience in this speciality that, when all considered in combination, make you stand out as a candidate for residency in the field of Neurology!

Firstly, you should always check to see what specific requirements are listed for your application. In general, most Personal Statement’s range from 750-850 words, and include the following details:

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Overall, your residency personal statement (regardless of which field you’re applying for residency) should, in only a few paragraphs, detail why you’d be a great fit, and why you’re dedicated to your chosen field.

Your Personal Statement should not include any irrelevant personal details, and it should not simply restate or list accomplishments that are readily available for review on your residency CV or additional portions of your application.

Additionally, if you do choose to address potential concerns, such as poor grades or gaps, it’s important that you do so in a genuine and concise manner, and don’t dwell on the problem, but rather, offer information about the lesson you learned, or details on how things have improved since the situation in question occurred.

Check out these examples of what to include in your residency personal statement:

“It's no secret that there are so many ways that our brains can fail us, but it's also true that when they're working properly, our brains are capable of amazing things. And, some people rely heavily on the dedication and care of brilliant neurologists in order for their brains to function well and allow them to be capable in their everyday lives.

Throughout various points in my medical program, I saw patients who defied the odds set in place for them, and many found their way out of seemingly impossible situations. In particular, during my recent elective in Neurology, I met a young man who was paralyzed due to a rare form of spinal stroke, and was told he would never speak or breath unassisted, move or walk again. With the help of the chief neurologist, after only a few weeks, he is now beginning to speak again, is breathing unassisted, and has shown that he is able to move his upper body. He had a positive outlook, despite his difficult situation, and the chief neurologist working with him—who I spent four weeks shadowing— matched his optimism in order to ensure his patient remained motivated, and did all that he could to present the patient and his family with the best treatment options available, and explain the intended outcome tied to each suggestion. These people and stories inspire me to keep working hard, learning more, and improving my own skills so that one day I can help patients in similar situations. I firmly believe that the broad field of neurology, combined with the expertise of a great neurologist, can help restore independence and quality of life in many cases, and sometimes, help patients achieve a quality of life or relief from various symptoms that they didn’t think was ever possible. What a rare and special opportunity it would be to provide that kind of care to a patient!

I first started thinking about becoming a neurologist when I was an undergrad student at X University. I had a long-time interest in neuroscience—but it wasn't until taking classes on brain disorders that the path became clear for me. In those courses it was clear how much work went into understanding these conditions: researchers had spent years studying them from every angle imaginable before forming any conclusions about how best to treat them. When I saw this kind of dedication from professionals who were already experts, it was clear to me that I had a long journey ahead of me, and I was elated to come to that realization.

Throughout my medical school journey, I completed various clinical rotations, and met many wonderful people, but I thrived the most with brain-trauma patients, traumatic injury patients, as well as dementia patients. I conducted patient interviews (neurology, emergency medicine and family medicine) and I assisted with exams, and took part in team discussions and shadowing opportunities. I also spent the past three years volunteering at a Retirement Residence in order to further explore my passion for neuroscience while simultaneously helping those with memory and cognitive issues. There, I was responsible for curating an activity schedule for the hobby room on the days that I volunteered—I often chose puzzles, crafts, music stations, and ‘baby/pet care’ stations— depending on each resident’s preferences and cognitive abilities, several of them found great joy in attempting an activity at each station.

During my latest clinical rotation, my superior and I, at times, did not see eye-to-eye, thus resulting in a slightly unfavorable score recorded on my transcript. However, from this experience I learned how to stick to my moral obligation as a medical professional, how to address my concern over potential misconduct in a more professional manner, and feel I came out of the experience far more observant and aware of expectations in the medical community. I have great respect for my supervising clinician and understand why the score was awarded, but I do not feel it accurately depicts my ability and passion as a future neurologist. We have since reconciled our differences and I understand the advice I was given; doctors are human beings, there is certainly room for human emotion and disagreement, but I know that there is a proper way to address any issues or concerns I have in the medical field.

It would be an honor and a privilege to complete my residency in the field of neurology. Working and learning alongside renowned professionals would provide me with a unique and beneficial learning experience I feel I can’t possible achieve elsewhere, and would send me down a path of success as I pursue a rewarding career as a dedicated, compassionate neurologist.”

When I was ten years old, I knew that I wanted to be a neurologist. That may sound like too young of an age to make such a concrete decision, but my certainty has remained unwavering throughout every professional and academic experience I’ve had. Prior to this age, I had loved the idea of helping people who were in pain and giving them a sense of relief, but my desire to not only work in medicine, but with the brain, only blossomed after my aunt was diagnosed with a brain tumor very unexpectedly at the age of 40. Next to my parents, she is my closest relative and she wouldn’t still be alive and thriving today if not for the incredible neurology team and surgeon at X Hospital.

Even after her benign tumor was successfully removed, my aunt suffered from various neurological impairments and related issues, such as Arthritis. Her neurologist, who met her for the first time after she’d collapsed and had a seizure and was discovered to have a tumor that required surgery, has continued to provide her with support, guidance, and exceptional care for the past 17 years…and he does so to each of his patients. And, throughout the past 17 years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending several appointments with her—which only helped my curiosity surrounding neurology flourish into determination to study in the field and to one day, become an expert who could help people like my aunt.

In high school, with both medicine and neurology in mind, I took as many science classes as possible, including biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics. These classes helped me realize that the human body is an amazing thing—it's like a living machine! And, as incredible as the body is, I also learned what great number of things could go wrong, and what a skilled neurologist could help with. I also learned more about neurological disorders and brain trauma as a teen and become more fascinated with the human brain as time passed. Later on, in college, my passion for neurology grew when I took courses related to neuroscience and psychopharmacology. One of my favorite courses was one where we learned about how drugs affect our brains, which made me realize how important it is to have a good understanding of how our brains work before prescribing any medications. I had already seen my own family member navigate trial-and-error situations with medication, but it became cemented into my mind how very unique each and every single brain is, and what a strong (but delicate) organ it is. One medication may, in fact, not work for one patient, but could work brilliantly for another. I came to understand that this is important to consider and should be practiced throughout my future years in medicine. I knew then I’d not only address each patient with sincerity and respect, but would never accuse a patient of misunderstanding their symptoms of side effects, and would weigh all potential risks and options when considering prescribing a drug.

During my time in medical school, I have volunteered a few hours weekly to a local hospital providing medical care for homeless people in our area, which I thoroughly enjoy. This experience in particular taught me so much about compassion and empathy; it also made me more aware of how important it is for doctors to have these qualities when treating patients with complex medical conditions (like neurological disorders). Throughout medical school, I have also been fortunate to have had several opportunities to complete clerkship and elective components of my program and clinical rounds in public and private health settings, and work with wonderful patients of all ages, including pediatric and geriatric care, gynecology, and neurology. I came to notice that, no matter the age of the patient, neurology and the proper assessment of underlying or diagnosed neurological conditions is imperative, and that the same disorder can present itself uniquely among each patient. Some conditions are particularly mysterious and strenuous (both on the patient, and the doctor striving to make the correct diagnosis); learning about these conditions first-hand gave me adequate insight into the complex nature of neurology, and a further appreciation for the field.

I am excited about applying for this residency program because it will give me an opportunity to learn more about the field that has been so pivotal in my life, as both a hopeful future neurologist, and as a human being with compassion and with the desire to help people…like my aunt, as well as members of the community who need a neurologists’ help.”

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“My interest in neurology developed when I was young, watching my grandparents battle Alzheimer's. They were a part of my life from birth until their deaths, and I watched them go from vibrant and active people who were always full of stories, to people who couldn't remember their own names or where they lived. Seeing them struggle with this debilitating disease terrified me initially, but as I grew to understand it and question the ‘unknowns’ surrounding Alzheimer’s, it made me determined to do whatever I could to help others avoid such a fate. Through growing to understand the cruel nature of this disease, I began to understand many diseases and came to realize that there was an entire field dedicated solely to the study of the brain, to brain injuries, to brain diseases and all other aspects of it. The day I discovered neurology was a pivotal moment in my academic and professional journey...even though I was only a young teen!

Along with having a long-time interest in neurology, I have also always been interested in medicine—it was my plan from day one. When I was younger, my family would joke that if I wasn't going into medicine, then maybe I’d become an actor who played a doctor, because all I ever did was dress up and ‘play doctor’ around my house. They quickly realized it wasn’t just a phase, or innocent fascination, but more of a calling, as I quickly grew from playing doctor to reading books, watching documentaries and analyzing every medical series on TV by the time I was fifteen. Those books, educational materials, and shows made me even more determined to pursue a career in medicine, especially when I realized there were inconsistencies in many of the TV dramas that took place in hospitals! I knew I wanted to study hard to achieve my dreams of becoming a doctor, and, I knew I wanted to specialize in a field that would benefit from every dedicated, intelligent mind working in it. I’ve had many great experiences during both my undergraduate and medical education so far. During my undergraduate years, I took courses in neuroscience and psychology, focusing on the brain and how it works. I also conducted research during my first year of my MD program with a professor who specialized in neuropsychology, studying how people process information differently depending on their life experience. This experience gave me a perspective into how neurology can be used to help patients understand themselves better as well as improve their lives through proper treatment, it also gave me perspective into how every brain is truly unique, and the importance of treating each patient with the same compassion, but with a ‘fresh lens’ and open mind. Through this research, I truly learned, and saw first-hand how injuries, trauma, diseases and even simple differences in upbringing and socioeconomic status can impact a person’s though process, and I believe this will help me greatly as I pursue neurology, as I’m not only understanding of the complexity of the human brain, but I’m compassionate and empathetic toward my patients, too. Since then, I have taken various courses in neuroimmunology in medical school, and began volunteering at an Alzheimer's Association chapter last year, both out of curiosity and interest in learning, and, as a way to feel closer to my late Grandparents. It has been an incredibly rewarding and eye-opening experience.

 My favorite experience in the medical field thus far, however, has been working one-on-one with patients in both the general neurology department (for interviews) and in oncology (pre and post-op examinations) during my rotations, getting to know their individual stories, and doing everything I can to make things better for them, or at the very least, put a smile on their face during a troubling time. Geriatric neurology and of course, the study of diseases that tend to affect senior populations, such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s, have always appealed to me the most, but I’ve recently found that pediatric and general neurology is just as interesting—whether or not I’d go on to specialize past general neurology isn’t something anyone can know for certain at this time—but whatever path I take as a future neurologist, I’d be thrilled to have the experience to learn alongside professionals who can help me become the best I can be, who can support me while I strive to reach my full potential as a neurologist and who, perhaps, will share a mutual passion for studying Alzheimer’s and related neurological disorders.”

ERAS and CaRMS do not include prompts, and this is why it’s important that you write the perfect personal statement that is specific to your chosen field, and outline the steps that you’ve taken to familiarize yourself with it!

Yes, it is. Your Personal Statement is a very important component of your residency application because it is your opportunity to share what makes you a qualified applicant worth consideration and express, in your own words, a bit about your personal and professional history as it pertains to neurology and your desire to pursue it. This is information that cannot be detailed on a CV, resume or transcript, so it’s vital that you approach your Personal Statement as a great opportunity to stand out.

Your CV exists to list and highlight your academic and professional achievements, so they are quite different. While you can certainly mention any relevant points included on your CV (such as a research publication or award you’ve won) in your Personal Statement, you should ensure that you do so briefly, and focus on explaining what makes you a great candidate for residency.

Neurology is considered to be ‘average’ in terms of competitiveness, as it is in demand and fairly easy to match in compared to other fields.

Your personal statement should include the following:

It can vary (always double check what your application requirements are!) but in general, 750-850 words is considered to be the common length for Personal Statements!

You can certainly take the time and space to detail any noticeable gaps, or poor grades, in your Personal Statement—after all, it’s an opportunity to explain your shortcomings! However, you do not have to do so, and if you do, be sure to do so in a brief, concise manner that offers a positive take on a negative situation. For example, “I learned X as a result of [this particular experience that resulted in a gap]”.

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Sample Residency Personal Statement in Neurology

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Since I began medical school, I have always thought in terms of combining research and practice in Medicine. I investigated at length, for example, some of the complexities of Parkinson’s disease under the supervision of Dr. XXXX and then started helping medical students to learn – by teaching Neuroanatomy and CBL at the UBC Faculty of Medicine in Prince George, where my partner was doing research. My teaching career challenged me to continue to improve as an educator, educating, guiding and mentoring a large number of nursing, biology and medical students. For the last five years at the UXX Faculty of Medicine, we have gone through a very creative period full of unique learning and collaboration opportunities and curriculum renewal. This position has been an excellent training platform for me to continue to learn all that I can about Medicine in general and Neurology in particular. I am especially thankful that my extensive teaching experience has given me the opportunity to develop a special interest in the provision of health care services to underserved areas, through outreach, enhanced inter-professional communication, and the development of new technological avenues of advancement, particularly telemedicine.

I look forward to staying active in research for the duration of my career in medicine.  My special interests in the field of Neurology gravitate towards degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s or dementia as well as stroke treatment. I hope to pursue fellowship training in this area following the completion of a residency program. I have become a master at the balance of family and career and I am ready for your rigorous residency program in Neurology.   I hope to continue learning and being challenged as a neurology resident. I could not be more fascinated by the complexity and mystery of Neurology. Over the course of my 12-week pre-clinical block in Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and completing subsequent clinical electives in Neurology and Pediatric Neurology, I have found myself increasingly attracted by the scientific rigor of the field and the joy that I find both treating patients and supporting research in this area. Nothing excites me more than elegant and logical physical examination and the localization of pathology, forming and testing hypothesis based on clinical findings. I most enjoy the doctor-patient relationships and strong therapeutic solidarity through teamwork, facilitating patient education and the promotion of self-advocacy. My research background allowed me to challenge the view that Neurology is a predominantly diagnostic specialty with little opportunity to treat pathology and change patient outcomes. I now want very much to be part of the improvements continually being made in stroke diagnosis and treatment with new methods of thrombolysis and thrombectomy and using the cortex own plasticity to help with recovery.

My leadership skills have been developed as a supervisor and mentor of  medical students and my contributions to a variety of educational research projects (Health Traveling roadshow; Histology and Anatomy pilot projects). Mentorship has been instrumental in the enhancement of my professional skills. Dr. XXXX at the GAT unit in Prince George has provided me with an important role model as both a physician and a patient advocate. She has taught me a great deal about dementia and Parkinson’s and the cutting-edge of therapeutic processes and patient relations. Another especially important mentors in Neurology include Dr. XXXX at the Northern Health Clinic in Vanderhoof has also shared with me many special and effective strategies for dealing with patients with dementia and Parkinson’s.

I feel strongly that I am a good fit with your Neurology Program at the University of XXXX. I live nearby and I know most of the hospitals in the area quite well, having spent almost ten years of Masters and PhD studies going between London, Hamilton and Toronto hospitals and research facilities. I am familiar with the loud heavy traffic on the highways and the quaint neighborhoods of High Park or Schomberg. As my partner’s career has developed, he is now able to come back to Toronto and our little family with a baby of a year-and-a-half will be reunited. I have the full support of both of them to give my all to your residency program. My mother also now lives in Toronto, along with an extended support system of cousins and aunts. Thus, I will be in a position to give myself 24/7 to Neurology.

Thank you for your consideration of my application to the University of Toronto.

The Humanitarian Side of Neurology

As a neurologist, you´ll have the opportunity to get involved in a number of humanitarian missions, whether for a short amount of time, or for an extended period at the beginning or during the later stages of your career. You could even choose to practice in a developing country if you wanted to, and you have no family members that really need you to stay in your home country. There are, however, better ways than others to get involved. In this article, we´ll cover a few ways, a few reasons why you´d want to do humanitarian work and some inspiring individuals to show you the sort of experience that can be achieved.

Inspiring Neurologists

You are probably not going to do humanitarian work for an award, but there are certainly some inspiring people who have won awards for their efforts.

In 2015, Dr. Babar Kockhar, MD, MBA, received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association at their Annual Black and Blue Ball. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to patients with neuromuscular disorders, and improved patients´ and families´ quality of life.

Dr. Khokhar, the assistant professor of neurology, created a dedicated clinic at Yale for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He also set up a support group for ALS patients at Gaylord Hospital. He makes home visits to patients that are no longer ambulatory and volunteers at an MDA camp for children.

Dr. Khokhar joined the Department of Neurology after completing a neurology residency and fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and West Haven VA Medical Center.

He is the Medical Director of Ambulatory Services for Yale Medical Group (YMG) and leads their clinical optimization división, too. He´s also the Director of the Neurology Outpatient Clinics, Chief of the General Neurology Division, and the Director of the Yale MDA-ALS Clinic. His clinical interests include motor neuron disorders and general neurologic diseases.

Dr. Richard Tallman was recognized as Physician Recipient of the 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award at the end of the year. This Austin Diagnostic Clinic neurologist joined the Clinic in 1984. His specialty focus is neuro-oncology, multiple schlerosis and neuromuscular disease.

Dr. Tallman´s work with the Travis County Medical Society’s Project Access Program, a coordinated system of volunteer physician care, hospital care, diagnostic services and medications assistance for the low-income and/or uninsured of Travis County impressed many.  

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Formal Opportunities for Neurology Residents to Study Global and Humanitarian Health

How can you get involved in humanitarian work? Nowadays, there´s even a track to get you trained up for the work during your residency.

Aaron Berkowitz, MD, PhD, Tracey Milligan, MD and Tracey Cho, MD,  announced  that there is a  new track for neurology residents  in the The American Academy of Neurology in 2015.

They argue that many residents that participate in rotations abroad are oftentimes inadequately prepared and poorly supported. A new track in global and humanitarian health has been developed to provide a structured curriculum designed for resource-limited setting, which includes components such as:

The authors report that residents will be paired with a mentor at the beginning of their second year of their neurology residency, in order to develop a 2-year plan to achieve the above goals.

Funding support comes from within the residency program, or from mentor support if residents are working on a particular project that already has funding.  Here ´s more detail about the track.

Iraqi Refugees at High Risk of Neurologic Disorders

Approximately 1 in 6 Iraqi refugees that seek medical assistance is diagnosed with a neurologic disorder, according to a study presented at the 63 rd  Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The refugees with a neurologic diagnosis self-reported a history of torture 60 times more often that those without a neurologic diagnosis.

“The objective of this study was to look specifically among those people receiving health and humanitarian assistance and to determine their burden of neurologic disorders and what specifically those disorders are,” said Dr. Mateen, a neurologist and student in International Health at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

There were 36,953 registered Iraqi refugees and asylum-seekers in Jordan in 2010; neurologic diagnoses were uncovered in 1,295 refugees, which accounts for 4% of all registered Iraqi refugees. “The total data set had a mean age of 37 years, and 49% were male,” Dr. Mateen stated. “Among the people studied that had neurologic disorders, the mean age was slightly higher at 43 years old, and 46% were female.”

Some of the most common neurologic diagnoses were back pain (30.5%), headache (13.4%), epilepsy (12.9%), nerve root and plexus disorders (10.0%), cervical disc disorders (7.2%), and other cerebrovascular disease (4.3%). A total of 7,642 received health assistance, 17% of whom sought medical assistance for neurologic disorders.

“Approximately one in 20 Iraqi refugees with a neurologic diagnosis self-reported a history of torture, which was higher than Iraqi refugees without a history of torture,” Dr. Mateen reported. Just 3.1% of refugees without a history of torture also had a neurologic diagnosis. Those with a history of torture were 1.6 times more likely to have a neurologic diagnosis.

“Neurologic disorders have rarely been described in displaced persons but likely pose a significant and growing burden of disease on a global scale,” noted Dr. Mateen.

This study, she emphasized, is the first of its kind and involved a large amount of data. The organization they were working with, RAIS, is also expected to expand throughout the Middle East and throughout northern Africa, as conflict continues in the regions. For more information on this study, see  the Neurology Reviews website .

There are many ways to get involved in humanitarian work, whether it´s through your residency program, an organization in a conflict zone, or at home, serving the underprivileged people in your own country. But first things first! Getting onto the right residency program is critical. Let us know if you´d like us to help you write your personal statement, and do real justice to your motivations, experiences and education.

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I became aware of the medical world when I was not quite six years old and was hospitalized with ‘pneumonia’ that later turned out to be tuberculosis. The most vivid memories that I have of this period are the smell of the Chinese medicine that I had to swallow twice a day and the worried look on my mother’s face when she saw me lying in bed exhausted. From that time forward, I wanted to become a doctor, in my childlike mind, to be in a position to relieve my mother’s anxiety.

I found myself already especially intrigued with Neurology by my third year of medical school and most keen to explore and learn about the human brain. The special patient population to which I have found myself most strongly pulled early on were those individuals disabled by a stroke. The intensity of my engagement in this area of medicine was reinforced by disabling strokes striking close to home, an uncle and a very close neighbor who was bedridden for a long time.

Approximately one year prior to coming to the USA, I switched my subspecialty interest from Cerebrovascular Diseases to Autoimmune Neurology (it is called Neuroimmunological and Infectious Diseases Department in our hospital in China). Most of my experience at the time had had been with stroke patients. While you might feel somehow frustrated at treating stroke patients with the fact that we hardly have something that can really help them other than thrombolysis, which still most patients couldn’t get due to the limited time window and many other reasons. I found myself searching for something more interesting and challenging, and began to focus on Autoimmune Neurology, in particular, the way in which the immune system attacks both central and peripheral nervous system. I like that fact that we can do something to help these patients get better, and sometimes completely recover from the diseases. One of the most exciting patients that I ever had was an Anti-NMDAR encephalitis case, who was a young female with subacute onset mental and behavioral disorder, delirium, hallucinations, no preceding cause and no fever. She was sent to the Psychiatry department but failed to respond to medication. It took a while for them to realize that she needed the help of a neurologist. Antibody was detected, and later a tiny teratoma was found in one of her ovaries. After tumor was removed, and together with immune therapy, she recovered completely after 3 months. It was so encouraging. I also had encountered two LGI1 encephalitis during the year, both of whom were interesting cases, and other autoimmune diseases. I especially like this area of study also because of the fact that in recent years, with more antibodies being discovered, more target antigen being identified, more diseases and their symptoms are better understood.

Since September of 2015 I have been working at my ideal job. I could not feel more privileged to work at the Mayo Clinic in XXXX, USA. Just to walk through the doors is a great thrill. Thanks to my mentor, Dr. XXXX, who guided me in this broad field, I have been learning as much as I can as quickly as possible about cancer autoimmunity and immunochemistry technologies, in particular. It would be an enormous honor to be awarded a Fellowship that would enable me to continue to give my all to the Autoimmune Neurology Department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

As an Autoimmune Neurology Specialist, I look forward to dividing my time between clinical practice and research. I want to engage with the patients, get to know them and treat them holistically, find that hidden tumor and get to it as quickly as possible in the most effective and efficient ways we can. I will be alert to the possibility of recognizing new clinical subtypes as a result of clinical practice, questions that might lead to further research in our field. I embrace as my full responsibility staying abreast of all new developments and technological innovations that occur in Neurology, Immunology, and related areas of investigation. I would particularly look forward to an opportunity to work on the mechanisms of initiation of cancer autoimmunity in the central nervous system, as part of research on possible treatment targets.

I thank you for considering my application for a Fellowship Position in Autoimmune Neurology


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I learned that the worst tragedies can be the most inspiring when I met Mr. C., during a neurology elective. His story unfolded as a young, successful businessman who became comatose right after a thunder-clap headache, a typical presentation of subarachnoid haemorrhage. But why did he have the bleed and where was the bleeding coming from? It did not take us long to figure it out—- a dissecting vertebral artery. I was actively involved and entrusted with great amount of independence, latitude, and responsibility in his care. Being a complete stranger to the country and their culture, I was overwhelmed by the patient who was on the verge of death. Yet, my hardship was minuscule when compared to Mr. C’s strong will to live which was repeatedly demonstrated on many occasions where we could have lost him. I was inspired to study more about his condition hoping to contribute to his care and I learned to deal with the emotional stress and frustration his family had by establishing good rapport and being there when they were in need of help. The team’s hard work paid off. Nothing was more inspiring than to see Mr . C nodding his head for the first time when I called out his name. The fact that he was just awake thrilled everyone out in the ICU. The experience of improving the lives of the most critically ill patients is truly euphoric and gratifying. I found my niche in neurology. Ultimately, it has been the neurology patients on my clinical rotations that reinforced my decision to become a neurologist. Although understanding the profoundly frustrating and depressing nature of some diseases in neurology, it hasn’t precluded me to immensely enjoy in these fields. Why do some people with facial palsy still smile at a joke? Why do some people only walk if you paint a perpendicular line in front of them? Why will one stroke in him destroy his ability to read while the other with the same stroke doesn’t have the same effect on his reading? Understanding how the brain works are infinitely complex. The intellectual challenges involved in answering these questions intrigued me. I love to tackle problems that my colleagues dismiss as too puzzling to contemplate. I view the arrival at a neurological diagnosis akin to completing the missing part of a jigsaw puzzle, a process that requires an analytical mind and meticulous eye, both qualities I prize and for which I strive. Analytic problem-solving skills do not in themselves make a great neurologist. I also realize how crucial it is to educate patients and spend the time needed to communicate to patients and their families about their illnesses which in turn gives me the opportunity to develop into an effective teacher. I am also impressed with the ability and the impact that a neurologist can have on the quality of life of many patients. Most patients can live a normal life and preserve their dignity and self-worth, a field where symptomatic treatments have significant importance. My experiences in neurology have enhanced my regard for research and advancement. I committed myself to investigate the epidemiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Newfoundland to elucidate trends linking to the high incidence in this province. This research opportunity has solidified my appreciation of the value of academic involvement and teamwork, and fortify my desire to contribute to the vibrant advancement of this specialty. I believe my personal character makes me an ideal match for neurology. Flourished when challenged, possessing great curiosity and dedication to patient care are some of my greatest attributes. I have a tremendous work ethic, which I have carried since childhood: diligent focused and driven for excellence in any task I undertake. I am both emotionally and professionally prepared for the high-stakes responsibility of being a neurology resident. I aspire to join a program that encourages the transformation of the industrious and ambitious medical student into a worthy neurologist who excels in his field of specialization, as well as an educator devoted to imparting his knowledge to a future generation of neurologists.

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Choosing a specialty ultimately was an easy decision. I found every rotation to be rewarding both academically and personally, but I became most interested in and excited by patients that had neurological problems. I achieved a greater sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from delivering health care to these patients. Though medical school has given me concrete knowledge that will prepare me for this field, my life outside of school has prepared me in ways that can’t easily be measured. I remember the day after returning from school my family surrounded my unconscious uncle who was having seizures. I helplessly watched him in the chaos of my house with no one capable of helping him. The sad and worried faces of my grandparents are still fresh in my memory. As I grew older, I saw not only my uncle fighting with epilepsy but also many other people in my hometown suffering from debilitating neurological illnesses. The desire to make a difference in these peoples life has played a vital role to increase my inclination towards neurology. As a result I decided to pursue my career in neurology

During my final year of medical school I selected electives pertaining to neurology whenever possible. I applied myself diligently to gaining a foundation with which to localize neurological lesions and to formulate differential diagnoses. Learning as a student and then working as an intern in one of the largest hospitals in India entailed an incessant problem solving attitude, constant vigilance, and analytical skills. I valued the opportunity to talk to people, not only about their diseases but also about their lives. And it never ceases to amaze me that I learned as much from a patient’s history as I did from their lab tests and investigations. These experiences enriched my interpersonal and communication skills.

After my graduation, I worked as a resident physician at the Big clinic in Some Country for more than a year. Working here was very stimulating and enriched my skills, but I was still yearning for more knowledge. Shortly after I immigrated to U.S. in 2000, I started as a pharmacy technician followed by working with Dr.X in family practice. Firmly committed to a career in neurology, I started working as a medical assistant with neurologist Dr. Y. Working with Dr.Y I discovered many of the diagnostic and intellectual challenges of neurology; a skillful history and physical exam, a carefully formulated differential diagnosis, and the management of potentially debilitating disease. I received ample opportunity to review neuroanatomy, expand my knowledge base of underlying pathophysiologic processes of diseases, and learn new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities . Furthermore, after passing my board exams, I rotated for 12 weeks at the Comprehensive Health Services Clinic. Presently I am assisting Dr.B and Dr.J at University of Medicine, in a combined Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Clinical Research project, for prevention of depression during hepatitis C therapy .Working with these wonderful doctors taught me patience and diligence. I developed mental and physical stamina and learned to manage and execute multiple tasks. Here I realized that at the end of the day the most satisfying moment is to be able to cheer people up, and make a difference in patients life.

A career in neurology promises to be very rewarding. Because of new therapeutic modalities available to the modern clinician, the potentially incurable and debilitating disease that were once “diagnosed but not treated”, are now being treated. Furthermore, as our society’s elderly population grows larger with each passing year, the incidence of age related neurologic diseases, and the demand for well-trained neurologists, will increase accordingly. Thus, the neurologist is not only an integral component in today’s health care system, but will also be a key character in the health care systems of the future.

The primary focus of my career goals is active clinical practice and teaching. I desire training at a reputable academic facility with an accomplished faculty dedicated to education. In addition, I seek exposure to neurological research so that I may not only learn about existing knowledge but that I may contribute to the advancement of diagnostic ability and treatment of neurologic disease. Following residency, I plan to pursue clinical fellowship training and options for a career in academic medicine. What I bring to your residency program is a responsible, motivated, friendly, and enthusiastic person who is a great team player committed to excellence, intelligence, and personal initiative. Incorporating both the caring, personal, physician-patient relationship and the dynamic of continuous learning, Neurology is the profession I eagerly embrace. This is the best way I can harness my own talents and abilities for the benefit of others.

My grandfather passed away when I was 16 years old, and although he may never know this, he is my inspiration to enter the field of Neurology. There are two images of my grandfather that I remember most vividly. As a young child, I remember my grandfather as a strong and vibrant man; the person who bought me animal crackers (my favorite treat) every day, and who once saved me from drowning in our pool. In contrast, during the last years of his life, what I remember most was his weak and frail state, the constant tremble of his hands, his slow and shuffling walk, and the way he constantly confused me with my two older sisters. He was no longer the energetic man I remembered from my early childhood days. He had advanced Parkinson’s Disease. Although I yearned to comprehend the mechanisms behind his condition, it was not until many years later, during a college Neurology class, did I begin to grasp the connection between dopamine depletion and my grandfather’s symptoms.

Although I have been interested in the field of medicine since a young age, my fascination with the human brain and its ability to control every aspect of our being grew and intensified during my undergraduate years. While in college, I served as a teaching assistant for an upper division anatomy and neuroanatomy course. This experience served to reinforce my understanding of the central nervous system’s anatomy and compelled me to further study the intricate pathways involved in the coordination of movement and the experience of sensation. As a result of my growing interest in the control of movement, I began volunteering as a research assistant in the Department of Physiology. I devoted numerous hours, analyzing EMGs recorded from Rhesus monkeys that were sent into [outer space makes it sound like a science fiction movie]space, in order to understand the effects of microgravity on muscle activity. This experience enabled me to apply the academic knowledge I had gained from my coursework to a research project with tangible results published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

During my first two years of medical school, my interest in neurology continued growing as I learned in greater detail, the pathological processes involved in various neurological diseases. I often thought of my grandfather as I gained a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved, as well as the treatments available for Parkinson’s[already implied].  My diligence in studying the subject matter of Neurology was rewarded when I was one of only 12 students in my medical class to receive an A in the course, and was invited to serve as a teaching assistant for the following year.  

By the middle of my first Neurology rotation, I was convinced more than ever that Neurology was the field for me. Each day brought a new and interesting case. A previously “mundane” complaint such as headache, took on a whole new meaning to me when I encountered a patient whose headaches were caused by an AV malformation. Conditions that I had only read about in medical books, such as Shy-Drager Syndrome and Charcot Marie Tooth’s Disease were now presented to me in the form of actual patients whose disease progression and quality of life were in the hands of their neurologists. I had always valued the strong intellectual component involved in the field of neurology, but I now had a greater appreciation for it. The  passion that I saw from my Neurology attendings for their field was infectious; I came home every evening craving more knowledge on the things I had seen and eager to read more on the subject matter.

Afflicted by Juvenile Dermatomyocitis at the age of eight and enduring one of the most challenging periods of my life, I am grateful for the competent and compassionate

medical professionals who helped me through my ordeal. I recall the confusion and fear that I felt when I first began to experience the symptoms of this condition; I could not understand why my body was failing me  as the fatigue and pain that I felt in my muscles left me unable to get out of bed on some days. I soon became accustomed to the doctor’s visits, physical therapy sessions, lab work, and EMGs that I had to endure on a regular basis. Fortunately, the physicians, nurses, and other staff that I encountered treated me with such kindness that I never dreaded my frequent visits to them. Their encouragement gave me the motivation that I needed to overcome the condition. The experience taught me the importance of having a strong physician-patient relationship, and I appreciate the fact that Neurology is one of the few specialties that affords me the opportunity to foster this type of relationship.

I am also stimulated by the variety of challenges that neurology offers; from diagnostic to procedural challenges, the diversity of experiences is particularly appealing. I look forward to a residency program that can offer me strong clinical and academic experiences, with faculty and staff who are dedicated to education. I envision myself at an institution that will allow me ample opportunities to learn from a wide variety of neurological conditions, as well as expose me to a diverse patient population. Upon completion of my residency program, I anticipate improving my skills and knowledge through a clinical fellowship in either the field of movement disorders or EMG/neurophysiology.

Of all the medical subspecialties that I have been exposed to, none have stimulated my academic and medical acumen, challenged my diagnostic abilities, or demonstrated such a significant physician-patient relationship as the field of Neurology. Therefore, I believe none are as well suited for me as this field. Additionally, I realize that as a physician, one must be continually open to learning and growth. As such, I look forward to a residency program that will enable me to continue to develop both my medical skills and my personal character. In return, I will dedicate my time, energy, and all the medical expertise that I possess to treating my patients, learning from others in the medical profession, and teaching those who desire to learn from me.

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Neurology Residency Personal Statement Example – A Complete Guide 2023

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Interested in learning how to write a personal statement for a residency in neurology?

If you’re looking for a neurology program, you should not only be prepared for interviews, but also focus on writing a compelling personal statement that will persuade the admissions committee.

In this article we will identify:

What is Neurology? What Qualities Should a Neurologist Have?

Neurology is a branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system’s structure, functions, and diseases.

Qualities :

What is Neurology Residency Personal Statement? How Will it Help You?

Neurology residency personal statement explains your interests, professional background, aspirations, and qualifications.

It provides the admissions panel a clear picture of your personality.

If you’re an international or US medical graduate, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is an online application platform for residencies in the US.

The application for a residency program in Canada is performed through the online CaRMS portal.

Importance of a personal statement:


When Should Start to Write

What to Include

Writing a personal statement for a neurology residency requires careful planning and knowledge of what to include.

Now let us find what to include and what not to.

Should Include

You should include the following details in your personal statement for neurology residency:

Shouldn’t Include

Let’s now examine what it shouldn’t include:

How Long Should a Neurology Personal Statement Be?

Depending on your university, the length of your personal statement for a neurology residency may vary.

However, the normal is one-page length.

No of pages:

Word count:, no. of characters:, best fonts:, sample 1 – neurology residency personal statement.

When I was younger, I wasn’t sure of what kind of person I wanted to be. Even when my 10th-grade class teacher asked about it, I was clueless. However, my fascination with biology led me to choose science as my major in higher secondary. I had an unexpected thought about my hazy future days as I was writing this, determined to become a neurologist. Every industrial and educational experience I have had has helped me to understand the importance of healing and helping others. Helping those who were suffering and providing them with comfort was something I really enjoyed doing. I was unsure about what specialty to choose when I first entered medicine. A brain tumour was discovered in my aunty, one of my close relatives, while I was in college. At the age of 45, it came on her without warning. She is more like a friend to me than a relative, next to my family. Without the excellent neurological experts at XYZ Hospital, she would not even be living and thriving now. For the previous three years, she had received great care, love, and encouragement from her neurologist. He treats every one of his patients in this way. And during the past three years, I have had the opportunity to attend a few of her sessions whenever I had the time. My interest in neurology had merely sparked, and it was encouraged to grow into a desire to understand more about it and hopefully become a specialist who can really help people like my aunt.

My understanding of how beautiful and incredible the human body is was influenced by the classes I attended in high school and college. While the human body is magnificent, I have also discovered about the possible pitfalls it could encounter and the ways in which these neurologists can help. Since my aunt’s brain tumour was discovered, I have dedicated my time to learning more about it. I realized that the human brain is an entire world. It contains its own power and mechanisms. I eventually became familiar with a number of neurological conditions and illnesses. With time, my interest in neurology grew more stronger. I then pursued neurosurgery and neurology-related courses in college as my interest in the field deepened. It once more piqued my interest and confirmed that I made the right decision.

My research on the effects of medications on the brain during my studies led me to the realization that a thorough grasp of this relationship can really aid in the development of effective treatment plans. Before suggesting any medicine, it is essential to get a clear idea over how our brains behave. In light of this, I became aware of how distinctive and fragile the brain is, while being a strong organ. Each patient’s brain reacts differently to drugs. In reality, some drugs wouldn’t work in one patient but succeed in the other. I realized that this was a crucial point to keep in mind and should be followed throughout my remaining medical school years. I was aware that only then would I be able to speak to each patient appropriately and avoid ever being accused of misinterpreting their adverse effects or symptoms and examine every alternative and potential risk before recommending a medication.

I have worked as a volunteer at a community hospital that offers free healthcare to everybody in our area while I have been in medical school. I gained a better understanding about the characteristics a physician has to have when working in these scenarios. I learned from my hospital mentors how important empathy and compassion are to our line of work. Additionally, it increased my focus on these traits as I became more aware of their significance in the care of patients with serious medical disorders. I have also been fortunate to have a number of opportunities throughout medical college to accomplish clerkship and optional components of my curriculum as well as clinical rotations in government health settings, work with quite lovely patients and families, and take an active role in fields such as cardiology, neurology, and dermatology.

No matter the patient’s age, I realised how crucial neurology is, as is a careful exploration of any innate or recently identified neurological diseases. I also noticed that even the relatively similar illness can appear completely differently in patients. Certain ailments are exceptionally difficult and confusing. My understanding of the intricacy of neurology and my enthusiasm for the field were considerably boosted by gaining knowledge about these diseases personally.

My goal in applying to your university’s neurology residency programme is to discover the experiences and opportunities necessary to further my knowledge of the specialty. After I graduate from this programme, I hope to become a kind and compassionate neurologist. I want to develop professionally and personally, with a strong desire to be of service to others.

Sample 2 – Neurology Residency Personal Statement

Although she was unaware of it, my grandmother was the inspiration for my decision to pursue a career in neurology when she passed away while I was 17 years old. When I think of her, several images come to me. My grandma, who constantly makes people happy with her delicacies, is depicted in one image as having a strong and lovely face. Another one is a woman who is constantly lying in bed and has fragile, weak hands. She could never walk normally, and her hand would tremble constantly. She wasn’t the cheerful and lively person I recalled and admired as a child. She had Parkinson’s disease in an advanced stage. However, I was curious to learn more so I could support her. Prior to enrolling in medical school, I was unable to comprehend the definitions of medical jargon. My professor discussed a variety of ailments that might influence the neurological system as well as their symptoms during one of neuro elective classes. I made a connection between that and my grandmother’s illness and how she presented her symptoms at that point. I became curious about it and wanted to learn more.

During my studies, I became even more fascinated by the brain’s capacity to regulate every element of the human body. I discovered the ideal possibility for myself as I desired to explore. I was hired as a teaching assistant for one of the professors who ran elective courses on neurology. This drove me to learn about the structure of the central nervous system and how it affects movement coordination, among other things. My grandmother kept coming to mind as I learned more about neurology.

I was rewarded for my dedication to the field when I received the single A in my class for the elective in neurology. My decision to pursue neurology for my clinical rotations was driven by my curiosity and desire. Every single day of the rotations was enlightening for me. Before, I had only been exposed to and understood the conditions through books. I was overjoyed and absolutely cherished the experience. My rotational mentors were great teachers for me. Both having a loving heart and possessing intellectual and medical understanding are essential. To help patients return to normal life, neurologists must show them compassion, courage, and care. Neurologists may have a significant impact on how patients cope with their disease. In order to get better results, I therefore plan to improve on the doctor-patient relationship.

A neurology residency programme that can present me with academic and professional challenges is something I’m genuinely looking forward to. I picture myself studying at an institution having skilled professionals and lots of possibilities to get exposure to a variety of neurological diseases and engage with different groups of people. No other field has pushed me to improve as much as neurology has in terms of my diagnostic skills, interactions with patients, or medical knowledge. I will be able to develop my abilities on a personal and professional level due to your university’s resources and excellent faculty. In gratitude, I would like to work in my native country so that I can raise public awareness and offer everyone access to relatively affordable treatments.


How to Write an Excellent Neurology Residency Personal Statement in Six Easy Steps?

You must first and foremost comprehend the required answer(s) and word limit of your statement.

When you’re certain of it, it’s time to get started.

The six-step process of writing is what we suggest for you.

Considering ideas

When you brainstorm, you discover a range of ideas to include in your statement.

Once you note down your required points, you can proceed to the next step.


You organize all of your brainstorming ideas during this step, and put them together to form a basic structure for your first draft.

 A rough draft is a way to get your ideas on paper.

Don’t bother about modifying it,  write what comes to your mind.

It is way easier to rearrange the structure if you have a draft.

Now that you have it, read it and make any necessary edits to your personal statement.


Here, you can fix all the technical issues with your personal statement, like grammar and spelling problems, and other common problems like format.

You can submit the personal statement in the final phase.

Make sure it’s in the proper format and that you have met all the conditions, including the word limit.

How Can I Explain Low Marks Or Other Adverse Facts In The Personal Statement?

In the personal statement, it is not necessary to justify your lower grades or other unfavorable details.

You can avoid it if you don’t want to!

But if you choose to write it, ensure you write in a straightforward, concise way that presents a positive perspective upon the negative situation.

How Should It Be Structured?


Your entire personal statement, especially the start, should be compelling. It’s a positive sign if you can keep the readers’ interest.

Describe your own experiences and personal stories related to the field in the introduction.

What inspired you to study neurology?

Explain in a narrative and intimate method.

Who or what is motivating you?

Simply describe it and take the opportunity to connect it to real life.

An example,

“When I was completing the rotation in urology, dentistry, and other specialties, I always thoroughly enjoyed it. However,  the rotation in neurology made me certain that it was the right field for me. Given that neurology is a profession with so broad applications, I found it quite intriguing. I find it particularly fascinating that neurology demands such an accurate connection of findings with regards to the patient’s condition, physical assessment, etc…”

Several paragraphs can be used for the main body.

They should explain to the reader how you came to your choice of specialty.

What should I include?

 A variety of subjects, including experiences with activities, volunteer work, and rotations.

Why should they select you?

Describe your abilities and qualifications, as well as what makes you unique.

In the conclusion part, you should emphasize yourself once more.

Your tone should convey your tenacity and enthusiasm for the subject.

You ought to mention:

Barriers to Overcome While Writing

What Format Should Your Personal Statement Use?

You can submit a statement in

12-pt Times New Roman font

Double-space, 1-inch margin, 1 and 2 pages long.

Although there aren’t any fixed guidelines regarding length or format since it varies on the university you choose.

How to Avoid Mistakes?

Your neurology residency personal statement can contain mistakes as you are not a professional.

Here are some suggestions to help you write your personal statement without making mistakes.

Should have clarity

When drafting your personal statement, clarity is essential.

Don’t confuse people with so much information.

Check for grammatical and spelling errors

You must write a document that is brief & clear.

If your writing is filled with grammar and spelling mistakes, you cannot achieve it.

Make sure to share your personal experience.

Don’t mix content from other personal statements.

Avoid plagiarism by being original.

Do not exaggerate

Exaggeration should be avoided in writing.

You shouldn’t include slang words or unnecessary explanations.

Ask suggestions

Ask your friends, family, or colleagues to read your writing once you’ve finished the first copy and share their feedback.

Where Can I Study Neurology?

Take the time you need to write your own personal statement for a residency in neurology.

As you begin to compose your personal statement, make sure to include all the information that will help it become powerful.

Has our blog been helpful to you?

So why wait much longer?

Start writing!

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Writing my personal statement was probably the most stressful part of the residency application process. How could I capture where I came from and where I was going in a way that was concise and honest without compromising my desirability as a candidate? One medical school advisor told me to highlight my research experience, even though I had no interest in ever setting foot in a lab again. Another told me that my first draft made me sound too eccentric. ”Quirky works for college applications,” he told me, “but residencies what someone serious.” The program director at my home institution told me that personal statements were all the same, no one reads them anyway, and that the most important thing was that it was exactly one page long.

The personal statement professes to be an authentic reflection of the applicant, but rarely is it a dispassionate chronicle of life events. Rather, it is a narrative, cautiously constructed to highlight strengths and talking points. Applicants may hope to convince readers that they are team players, self-directed learners, tireless workhorses, or budding researchers with boundless academic potential.

Why Medical Students Choose Neurology: A Computational Linguistics Analysis of Personal Statements by Grzebinski et al. is the first published linguistic analysis of neurology personal statements. 1 The authors identified common themes among neurology applicants, as well as terms and themes specific to certain subsets of applicants. They propose that this provides valuable insight into who applies for neurology residency, and that medical school educators may be able to leverage this information to drive more students towards careers in clinical neurology. For instance, applicants often mention a love of deductive reasoning and personal connections with patients in their personal statements. 1 Perhaps highlighting these elements during neurology clerkships, if we are not already doing so, would bolster recruitment to the field. This may be true, but we are still left wondering if these themes are inherent to prospective neurologists, or if they simply describe the student perception of what programs seek in an applicant.

There are ways that linguistic analysis of personal statements could help address other questions. A future study could compare themes or terms that are common among applicants that are viewed as desirable (i.e. accepted for interviews or ranked highly) with those who are not. This might help programs identify and address implicit biases they have for or against applicants who write about multicultural experiences, a rural or urban upbringing, family, gender nonconforming behaviors, or interest in nonacademic practice models.

Another future direction would be to study if the common themes identified by Grzebinski et al. are, in fact, attractive to programs. Are candidates who write generic personal statements about problem-solving, patient relationships, a family history of neurologic disease, and an interest in research more likely to match into their preferred programs? Prospective residents would certainly appreciate the answer to this question.

Or perhaps we would find that my medical school advisor was right the whole time, and that the best predictor of success is a personal statement that is exactly one page long.


1. Grzebinski S, Cheung H, Sanky C, Ouyang J, Stephen Krieger S . Educational Research: Why Medical Students Choose Neurology: A Computational Linguistics Analysis of Personal Statements . Neurology Epub 2021 Mar 3.

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