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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Like Questions at a Beauty Pagent

When applying for residency, the one portion of the application form with any potential for individual expression was the infamous personal statement. Having reviewed about a million of these now, I appreciate how mundane they can be. It is sort of like asking Miss USA contestants their opinions on world peace.

Now, for the first time in 26 years, I find myself constructing a personal statement.

As part of the recent changes at NIH, this component has been added to the humble biosketch. We now have to “briefly” explain why we are the best-est, most-qualified, ideal person to play our role on the project proposed.

The simple truth, that I am the person interested enough to propose this work, just won’t cut it.

How about “the voices in my head keep telling me to do this.” No?

Photoxpress_4896891 “I am a gift from the gods about to impart new critical knowledge to your world.” Perhaps a bit over-the-top (although members of my family might find this one completely in character).

I finally played it straight. I listed my experience with the relevant techniques that have not yet been applied to a novel exciting model, and my clinical background that fits the question at hand. So predictable!

It should be bloody obvious from the proposal that I am the ideal person to pursue this question in this manner at this time. If it is not, then I have not written it right.

By the way, I am fully in favor of world peace. May I have a tiara now?

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4 comments:

  1. I'd have gone with the gift from the gods stuff. Can't hurt, right?

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  2. You can sign it Dr. Congeniality...

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  3. Or perhaps this part of the form should be more scripted:
    What is your sign? Pisces
    Turn-ons? Long walks on the beach, kittens
    Turn-offs? Mean people, bad hypotheses
    If you were a tree, what kind would you be? A Christmas tree, because they are blingy

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  4. "Turn-offs? ...bad hypotheses"


    ROFL (but so true)

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