Wellstar Kennestone Ob/Gyn Residency Personal Statement Examples

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The road to obstetrics-gynecology began with my fascination with women's health and has developed through intellectual stimulation, clinical satisfaction, and personal exploration. Prior to medical school, I volunteered and worked in women's health. These experiences led me to medical school, and throughout the classroom years I developed a keen sense that I wanted to further my passion through a career in obstetrics-gynecology. Finally, during clinical rotations I discovered my aptitude for surgery, obstetrics, and preventive medicine.

When I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, I found myself with a highly technical degree that prepared me for basic science laboratory work. However, after one summer in an electrophysiology lab, I yearned for human interaction. As a result I took a position with Planned Parenthood to expand clinical and educational services to a clinically underserved area in North Lake Tahoe. Through this experience I created a novel high school family planning curriculum, developed a pregnancy prevention group that focused on the role of young men, and pioneered a mobile women's clinic to deliver health care to underserved women. I thoroughly enjoyed educating women and providing clinical services, but was frustrated by the limitations of my education. The limitations sparked my desire to enter medical school.

During the basic science courses I was naturally drawn towards the pathophysiology of the female reproductive tract. Wishing to apply this knowledge clinically, I became an active member of our school's outreach clinic for women. Once a month, under physician supervision, my colleagues and I provided Pap smears, STI testing, and exams to medically underserved women in the local community. I felt at ease discussing female health and illness with women, and it delighted me to provide services to women who may not otherwise receive medical care. Furthermore, in light of the high rate of cervical cancer in Nevada in comparison to other states I realized the importance of the clinical care we provided. After a few months of offering services, the number of Pap smears escalated and we were informed that the clinic may have to be canceled if we were not able to obtain funding. Based on Nevada's higher than average rate of cervical cancer, my colleague and I wrote and were subsequently rewarded a grant from AOA to secure funding for Pap smears. Obstetrics-gynecology allows me to continue to advocate for women's health and in particular, the underserved.

The summer after my first year of medical school I worked with my obstetrics-gynecology mentor. It was this clerkship that solidified my career choice of obstetrics-gynecology. This experience was my first glimpse into the daily life of a physician in this particular specialty. For one month, I worked along his side and scrubbed into surgeries, awoke in the middle of the night for deliveries, and saw patients in his office. I was constantly stimulated by the diversity of his patients and the variety of venues in which he worked. The opportunity to treat patients throughout their lifespan from adolescence to geriatrics and from puberty to childbirth and through menopause is particularly appealing. His dedication and pure love for women's health was infectious and something I hope to apply to my own practice.

Throughout my clinical rotations my interest in women's health was consistently confirmed. During surgery, I discovered my propensity for skilled procedures and ability for preciseness, but missed the follow-up and personal interactions with my patients. Internal and family medicine interested me intellectually, but I missed the hands-on procedures. During my third year, the obstetrics-gynecology rotation enabled me to combine the technical skills of surgery with the continuity of primary care. It also provided a venue to build trusting, long-term relationships with patients. My long-term dedication to women's health and thoughtful exploration of this career makes me an excellent candidate for residency in obstetrics-gynecology. My energy, leadership, and teamwork capabilities are all assets that I will share as a resident in your program. Thank you for your consideration.

Thank you for your interest in the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s Residency Program.  It is our mission to create an exceptional and personalized training environment for people interested in serving patients as internists – whether as generalists or subspecialists – in order to provide the highest quality of care for our community.

Our interview season will run from mid-October through mid-January.  Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and any interested individual must be registered to participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP); no program positions will be offered outside of the NRMP.

Our application deadline is December 1st, of the interview year; applications not submitted (and complete) by this date will not be considered for review by the residency selection committee.  The program’s residency selection committee will review the ERAS applications and interview offers will be extended based on the applicant’s overall portfolio.  Interview invitations will be issued only through the ERAS post office to the applicant’s e-mail address, as indicated on the ERAS application.  Available interviews will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a valid U.S. Permanent Resident Card or EAD, or possess a J-1 visa.  (Our institution does not sponsor any visas.)  In addition, candidates must provide documentation to support this requirement to the GME office if a letter of Agreement is extended.
  2. Applicants must also either be a:
    1. Graduate/pending graduate of a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    2. Graduate/pending graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
    3. Graduate of a medical school outside the United States or Canada who also meets one of the following additional criteria:
      • Holds a currently valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate; or,
      • Holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty; or,
      • Completion of a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  3. Applicants must be within two years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity.
  4. Applicants must qualify for a full or unrestricted educational limited license in the State of Georgia.
  5. Applicants must have the following materials entered into the ERAS program:
    • Dean’s Letter (or MSPE)
    • Three letters of recommendation (a Chairman’s letter is not required, but the program does take special note of letters of recommendation from the attending physician during medicine sub-internship/acting internship/externship rotations performed during the senior year)
    • Official medical school transcript (no photocopies accepted), including grades for all required clerkships
    • Personal Statement
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • An official transcript with score on the USMLE/COMLEX Step 1.   Preference will be given to first-time takers of the USMLE/COMLEX; applicants who did not pass a USMLE/COMLEX on the first attempt may still be considered for an interview, but it is imperative that those who retake the exam have a competitive score.
    • Applicants must have an official transcript with scores on USMLE/COMLEX Step 2 CK and CS; this is due before the due date for NRMP Rank Order List.
    • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to provide an optional photograph.

Please note that the required information, including letters of recommendation be in English; non-translated documents will not be accepted.  Only applicants who satisfy the above requirements will be considered for an interview.  Interviewees will be evaluated based on medical school performance, letters of recommendation, board examination scores, personal statement, and their overall interview performance.

WellStar Health System, including the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with regards to a person’s ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

We invite qualified candidates to apply for the WellStar Kennestone Residency Program through the national resident matching program. Use this link to the program’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).


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