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Student Affairs: If it is September that can only mean 1 thing: MSPE time!

In September your thoughts may be turning to breaking out your fall clothes, football season, and treating yourself your neighborhood kids to Halloween candy. But here in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), September means only one thing: It is crunch time for us to prepare Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) for over 170 of your M4 colleagues.

Interested in finding out more about MSPEs?  This info-graphic provides some basic information. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Careers in Medicine website also has an excellent primer on MSPEs. (You may have to log in with your AAMC username and password to view this resource.)

Personal Statement: Get It Out of Your Head!



That is the first rule of writing your personal statement for your medical residency application.

Frequently I meet with students to review their personal statements and they tell me, “I have a pretty good idea in my mind what I want to write, but I can’t seem to get started…”

The only answer to that is to start somewhere.
Having trouble getting started? Start by writing down your answers to 3 major questions:

1. What specialty are you applying to, and why is the specialty a good fit for you?
2. What will you bring to the specialty and how will you be an asset to a residency program in that specialty?
3. Where do you hope to go in the future in terms of your career and how do you hope your residency training will prepare you for that?