Personal Statements

When preparing your Personal Statement:

  1. Use active voice, not passive voice.
  2. Try to limit it to one page.
  3. Think about the audience.  This document will be read by a range of clinicians and scientists.
  4. Cover the high points — don’t go into too much detail on any one point.
  5. How do you define yourself?  Start with the most important part of your job and end with a short summary.

The following faculty have given permission to the Office of Faculty Advancement for posting the samples below:

Marwan Al-Shawi (Independent Research Faculty, Molecular Physics and Biophysics)

Eugene Corbett (Clinical Faculty, Medicine)

Phillip Gordon (Clinician Educator, Pediatrics)

John Kern (Clinician Educator, Surgery)

Bea Lopes (Clinician Educator, Pathology)

Robert Nakamoto (Academic Investigator, Molecular Physics and Biophysics)

Laurel Rice (Clinician Educator, Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Rob Sawyer (Clinician Investigator, Surgery)

Heidi Scrable (Academic Investigator, Neuroscience)

Russell Swerdlow (Clinician Investigator, Neurology)

Scott Zeitlin (Academic Investigator, Neuroscience)