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In Defense of the Personal Statement

Turi McNamee, MD
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From Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

Requests for Single Reprints: Turi McNamee, MD, Sanford School of Medicine, 1400 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103; e-mail, tmcnamee@usd.edu.


Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(9):675. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-9-201211060-00018
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As an internal medicine residency program director, I read hundreds of personal statements every year. I hate them all. Not the candidates, but their personal statements: There's really very little that's personal about them.

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