Griffin Health Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statement

AmeriClerkships Postgraduate Subinternships With Residency Programs

Length of Program

Minimum 4 weeks; maximum 48 weeks. Start in as little as 2 weeks.

Preceptors

Program Directors (PDs), Associate PDs, Residency Program Faculty, Teaching Attending Physicians and Residents

Program Overview

AmeriClerkships Medical Society (AMS), in partnerships with Graduate Medical Education (GME) departments offers a rare opportunity for medical graduate members of AMS to enroll in Postgraduate Subinternships (PGSIs) in over 30 specialties.

PGSIs are designated as AMS-PGY1CONNECT sites, meaning that AMS members have secured residency interviews and even “matched” into such hospital(s).

A typical “matched” AMS member who has matched into a PGSI residency program has: 

  • Completed 12-28 weeks of PGSI
  • Secured 2-4 letters of reference directly from PGSI supervising attendings
  • Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Passed USMLE Step 3

By enrolling as an AMS PGSI, medical graduates may expect to gain first-hand exposure to the inner workings of U.S. GME and medical residencies (even in 100% inpatient settings), and develop into an effective PGY1 by learning how to: 

  • Become an integral member of U.S. medical residency teams who manage acute and chronic medical problems
  • Rotate and collaborate with top residency program faculties, teaching attending physicians, chief residents and even program directors
  • Participate in teaching rounds, and possibly present in journal clubs and residency conferences
  • Refine history taking and physical examination skills
  • Formulate problem lists, prioritize medical problems, select laboratory and ancillary tests, as well as institute drug and supportive therapies
  • Utilize subspecialty consultative services
  • Develop definitive plans for ongoing care and follow-up of dismissed patients

Upon satisfactory completion of each PGSI clinical block, AMS PGSI will be evaluated based on the 6 ACGME Core Competencies, and may request a performance-based letter of recommendation on official GME/teaching hospital letterhead.

For questions and enrollment, please contact AmeriClerkships Medical Society directly at +1 (949) 417-8980, or visit the website.

Abstract

Context

Applicants to US residency training programmes are required to submit a personal statement, the content of which is flexible but often requires them to describe their career goals and aspirations. Despite their importance, no systematic research has explored common themes and gender differences inherent to these statements.

Objectives

This study was conducted to analyse US applicants’ Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) personal statements using two automated textual analysis programs, and to assess for common themes and gender-associated differences.

Methods

A retrospective cohort study of 2138 personal statements (containing 1 485 255 words) from candidates from 377 national and international medical schools applying to US internal medicine (IM) residency programmes through ERAS was conducted. A mathematical analysis of text segments using a recursive algorithm was performed; two different specifications of the text segments were used to conduct an internal validation.

Results

Five statistically significant thematic classes were identified through independent review by the researchers. These were best defined as referring to: the appeal of the residency programme; memorable patients; health care as public policy; research and academia, and family inspiration. Some themes were common to all applications. However, important gender-specific differences were identified. Notably, men were more likely to describe personal attributes and to self-promote, whereas women more frequently expressed the communicative and team-based aspects of doctoring. The results were externally validated using a second software program. Although these data comprise part of the national pool, they represent applicants to a single specialty at a single institution.

Conclusions

By applying textual analysis to material derived from a national cohort, we identified common narrative themes in the personal statements of future US physicians, noting differences between men and women. Together, these data provide novel insight into the dominant discourse of doctoring in this generation of students applying for further training in US IM residency programmes, and depict a diverse group of applicants with multiple motivations, desires and goals. Furthermore, differences seen between men and women add to the growing understanding of bias in medical education. Training programmes may benefit by adapting curricula to foster such diverse interests.

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