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Research Article

A Critical Review of Personal Statements Submitted by Dermatology Residency Applicants

Table 1

Characteristic themes of content that appeared in the personal statements.

CharacteristicPrevalence, %Difference
MatchedNot matched%95% CI value

(1) Story telling64.5872.83−8.24(−19.16, 2.68)0.1533
 Personal story49.5859.78−10.20(−22.05, 1.65)0.0958
 Case presentation39.5832.616.97(−4.43, 18.38)0.2404
 Personal illness15.8316.30−0.471(−9.32, 8.34)0.9165
 Family illness15.0014.130.869(−7.56, 9.30)0.8415
 Family relevance to dermatology5.835.430.399(−5.10, 5.90)0.8887
 Family relevance to medicine3.759.78−6.03(−12.56, 0.496)0.0298
(2) Why medicine?17.5019.57−2.07(−11.49, 7.36)0.6616
(3) Why dermatology?75.4269.575.85(−5.01, 16.72)0.2779
 Multidisciplinary34.1732.611.56(−9.75, 12.86)0.7881
 Visual24.5819.575.02(−4.75, 14.78)0.3322
 Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease33.7522.8310.92(0.467, 21.38)0.0535
 Social/psychosocial issues39.1735.873.30(−8.29, 14.88)0.5801
 Chronicity of disease7.508.70−1.20(−7.85, 5.46)0.7167
 Literature gap8.331.097.25(3.16, 11.33)0.0152
 Complexity of the field19.1719.57−0.398(−9.91, 9.12)0.9343
 Technology5.004.350.652(−4.34, 5.65)0.8039
 Patients of all ages10.008.701.30(−5.59, 8.20)0.7185
 Better understanding of the pathophysiology of skin disease8.332.176.16(1.57, 10.75)0.0434
 Lifestyle0.4171.09−0.670(−2.94, 1.60)0.4799
(4) Accomplishment61.2556.524.73(−7.13, 16.59)0.4313
 Fellowship/research62.0858.703.39(−8.40, 15.17)0.5709
 Publications25.0023.911.09(−9.21, 11.38)0.8371
 Volunteer service32.5025.007.50(−3.15, 18.15)0.1837
 Skin cancer screenings7.926.521.39(−4.70, 7.49)0.6664
 Leadership10.0010.87−0.870(−8.28, 6.54)0.8151
(5) Quotation 23.7525.00−1.25(−11.61, 9.11)0.8116
 By famous figures4.177.61−3.44(−9.42, 2.54)0.2028
 Other or self-quotation12.9214.13−1.21(−9.50, 7.07)0.7703
(6) Career goal51.2547.833.42(−8.58, 15.43)0.5765
 Purely clinician4.175.43−1.27(−6.55, 4.01)0.6185
 Physician scientist36.6732.614.06(−7.30, 15.41)0.4893
 Physician educator22.5021.740.761(−9.19, 10.71)0.8815
(7) Subspecialty within dermatology12.9216.30−3.39(−12.05, 5.27)0.4239
 Procedural dermatology/MOHs micrographic surgery2.923.26−0.344(−4.55, 3.86)0.8695
 Pediatric dermatology5.426.52−1.11(−6.90, 4.70)0.6980
 Dermatopathology2.083.26−1.18(−5.23, 2.88)0.5312
 Immunodermatology2.503.26−0.761(−4.89, 3.37)0.7024
(8) Name a cutaneous disease76.2571.747.79(−0.798, 16.38)0.1031
 Mentions > 520.8313.044.51(−6.15, 15.17)0.3956
(9) Significant other2.503.26−7.61(−4.89, 3.37)0.7024
(10) Personalized application13.758.705.05(−2.17, 14.45)0.2103
 Interest in California5.003.261.74(−2.82, 6.30)0.4947
 Interest in UC Davis8.756.522.23(−3.96, 8.41)0.5062
 Mentions UC Davis Faculty1.252.17−0.924(−4.22, 2.37)0.5362
 Interest in other institutions25.0030.43−5.43(−16.32, 5.45)0.3153
 Mentions the faculty of other institutions29.1729.35−0.181(−11.12, 10.76)0.9741