ERAS Personal Statement Length

What’s the ideal length for my residency personal statement?

A residency personal statement should be under 750 words. I shoot for a length of 650-700 with my clients. Yes, ERAS allows a whole lot more. Don’t take the bait. You’ll be a laughingstock if you submit a personal statement that’s overly long or ridiculously short.

Here’s the rub: Everyone will tell you that this sucker needs to fit on a single page. BUT, everyone also has a different calculation for what that means.

Let’s face it, the single page rule is a pre-digital dinosaur. Most of us aren’t printing out these documents anymore. Fun fact: aspiring residents used to mail handwritten letters to their programs of interest! (For those who complain about customizing residency essays to specific programs, at least you don’t have to worry about your penmanship.)

All this begs the question: How many characters or words are equivalent to one page in ERAS? Well, if you type directly into the form or cut-and-paste from Word, you may get about ~3500 characters or so. You may also get some funky formatting issues. However, if you follow ERAS’s instructions and type your essay into a plain text editor, then cut and paste that text into the ERAS form field, VOILA! You may have enough room for up to 650 words.

Check out our personal statement editing package,  or feel free to reach out to me directly if you’d like guidance on how to optimize those 650 words: marci@essaymd.com

Wishing you happy writing and a perfect residency match!

Marci Martinez

“I can't thank you enough for all your help with the paper! It came out great and I sent out my applications yesterday!! Just wanted to let you know all your help really paid off! Thanks again!!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:45:40-05:00
“I can't thank you enough for all your help with the paper! It came out great and I sent out my applications yesterday!! Just wanted to let you know all your help really paid off! Thanks again!!”

"I received 8 interviews, attended 6 of them and was accepted to 4 dental schools on the first day of admission! Marci did a phenomenal job helping with my personal statement and was always professional and prompt with her communication and advice."
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:45:59-05:00
"I received 8 interviews, attended 6 of them and was accepted to 4 dental schools on the first day of admission! Marci did a phenomenal job helping with my personal statement and was always professional and prompt with her communication and advice."

“I will be starting medical school in the fall!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:46:16-05:00
“I will be starting medical school in the fall!”

“I cannot think of a more cost efficient way to have made my application stand out. I highly recommend your service to any applicants to a highly competitive program.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:46:32-05:00
“I cannot think of a more cost efficient way to have made my application stand out. I highly recommend your service to any applicants to a highly competitive program.”

“My essay went from mediocre and disorganized to creative, engaging, professional, and memorable.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:46:48-05:00
“My essay went from mediocre and disorganized to creative, engaging, professional, and memorable.”

“You have been a wonderful help, and my essay is great thanks to you...everything flows together, and I am really pleased.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:47:34-05:00
“You have been a wonderful help, and my essay is great thanks to you...everything flows together, and I am really pleased.”

“[EssayMD] is expert in putting together a personalized and effective statement based on my academic achievement to market myself ethically to the next step.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:47:53-05:00
“[EssayMD] is expert in putting together a personalized and effective statement based on my academic achievement to market myself ethically to the next step.”

“We have relied upon [EssayMD’s] expertise, with great results, in our efforts to ensure the acceptance of all four of our children to the universities of their choice. Two are now in medical school, and the other two were admitted to prestigious universities. We unequivocally recommend this service to concerned students and their parents.”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:13-05:00
“We have relied upon [EssayMD’s] expertise, with great results, in our efforts to ensure the acceptance of all four of our children to the universities of their choice. Two are now in medical school, and the other two were admitted to prestigious universities. We unequivocally recommend this service to concerned students and their parents.”

“I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your tremendous help! I felt pretty proud submitting my application yesterday and even received my first interview invite today!!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:27-05:00
“I just wanted to personally thank you for all of your tremendous help! I felt pretty proud submitting my application yesterday and even received my first interview invite today!!”

“The editing…was simply beautiful and I recommend EssayMD to everyone! I know who to contact for future residency applications!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:42-05:00
“The editing…was simply beautiful and I recommend EssayMD to everyone! I know who to contact for future residency applications!”

“Just wanted to update you that I was accepted to medical school…I will be leaving next week. Thank you for all your help with my essays!!!”
EssayMD
2016-05-23T10:48:58-05:00
“Just wanted to update you that I was accepted to medical school…I will be leaving next week. Thank you for all your help with my essays!!!”
0
0
EssayMD