MSPE Preparation


Please provide the information requested and upload to the MSPE portal SharePoint folder. Your thoughtful completion of this information will assist in the creation of your individual MSPE. Your appointment will be canceled if this form is not received one week prior to your MSPE meeting.

Upload Checklist:

  • Draft of CV
  • Draft of Personal Statement
  • Unique Characteristics paragraph (Page 3)
  • Personal Assessment of Strengths/Weaknesses (Page 4)

What To Expect During Your MSPE Meeting:

  • Review of specialty choice, including a summary of your competitiveness and recommendations for development of a parallel plan.
  • Review of your application strategy
  • Recommendations for CV and personal statement
  • Review of letters of recommendation strategy
  • Review of draft MSPE and estimated evaluative level
  • Mock interview and interview preparation recommendations
  • Match risk assessment

CV Preparation — What Have You Done?

Keep it short

  • At this stage of your career, it should be only one to two pages long. Put the most important info on the first page, there is no guarantee the reviewer will look at the second page.
  • Use incomplete sentences, bullet points. Make it easy and fast for the reviewer to understand what you did or why you received a certain award/honor.

Keep it readable

  • Your CV doesn't need to be a masterpiece of creative graphics and design. It just needs to be pleasant to look at and easy to read. Use 11 or 12 point fonts. Don't cram everything together inside ½ inch margins.
  • Don't use more than two types of fonts and be consistent how you use them. Example: One type of font for your contact info/headings; the second type of font for the body of your resume.
  • Use other features consistently as well — bolding, underlining, italics. Don't overdo the formatting so it becomes distracting. The information is where you want the review's attention.

Curriculum Vitae Samples

Personal Statement Preparation — Who Are You And Why Should They Hire You?

A well-written personal statement should accomplish the following goals:

  1. Help pull you out of the crowd of applicants — be sure to include unique experiences, background, and information. Do not use space in your statement re-stating what is already in your CV or other parts of your residency application.
  2. Give the reviewer a glimpse at the type of resident you will be — don't say you are hard working (all residency applicants are). Instead, include examples of how you have acquired the attributes you want to feature in your statement. (See more ideas below.)
  3. Make the case that this specialty is really the right match for you. No program director wants to select a student who, six months into the residency, realizes they are not a good fit. What have you done to be sure this is the right career path for you?
  4. Be specific about what you like about the specialty. Do you enjoy the procedures? Why? Do you like the environment of the OR? Why? What type of patients do you enjoy working with? What experiences led you to consider this specialty? And, ultimately, why did you select this specialty?
  5. What about you will contribute to the specialty and the program? Residency programs, and residents, want to select their future peers and colleagues. What do you bring to them? What can you offer? How will you enhance that area of medicine?

Students should select 6 - 10 characteristics to weave into their statements. Some possibilities you could consider are:

  • Leadership skills
  • Team building skills
  • Languages
  • Organization
  • Patient communications skills
  • Teaching
  • Ability to work under stress
  • Problem solving

Noteworthy Characteristics

This section includes information intended to help a residency program selection committee review applicants holistically to achieve a residency class that brings a diverse set of background experiences, characteristics and perspectives.

  • This section should be presented as a bulleted list. Each characteristic should be described in 2 sentences or less.
  • Provide a maximum of three characteristics highlighting your most salient noteworthy characteristics. Why should a program director pick you? What makes your different from other applicants?
  • Information about any significant challenges or hardships encountered by the student during medical school may be included.
  • Lengthy biographical descriptions are not recommended due to the time required for review and because these details can be found in other sections of the applicant's portfolio (e.g., ERAS application, personal statement, letters of recommendation, interviews).

Personal Assessment of Strengths and Weakness

Please take the time to thoughtfully address these questions, as this information will be used in constructing your overall evaluative summary. The information you provide will remain confidential and no personal information will be included in your MSPE. Please use additional pages as necessary.

  1. Compare your academic performance in Years 1 and 2 with that of Year 3. Include any explanations for remediation or Passing grades in Clerkships.
  2. Assess your medical knowledge and clinical skills
  3. Assess your communication and interpersonal skills. Areas to include are ability to work as part of a team; communication with people from different backgrounds other than your own; how you handle stressful or confrontational situations; and written communication.
  4. Describe your greatest strengths/skills.
  5. Describe areas of personal growth during medical school and include examples of how this has better prepared you for residency.
  6. Honestly assess your relationships with peers, faculty, patients.
  7. What challenges have you faced in medical school and how have you addressed these challenges?
  8. How has your leadership/service contributed to your medical education? What impact have these activities had on your specialty choice?
  9. Describe, briefly, your leadership experiences. Please separate elected or selected positions from coordination and organizational positions. Include how your service/experiences have impacted your medical education and interactions with peers and faculty.
  10. If you participated in research, describe how this has prepared you for residency and your plans for the future.
  11. Describe, briefly, your research and presentations or poster presentations and they have or will contribute to the field.
  12. Describe one or two influential clinical experiences and/or role models that have helped you make your specialty choice.
  13. Explain dual degree or scholarly concentrations you are pursuing or have completed, including the impact/contributions of your activities.