The purpose of the personal statement in your ERAS application is to tell the reader something about you that cannot be gathered from other parts of the application. Do not tell the reader what an Emergency Physician does; he or she already knows this. Tell a story about yourself, share a unique situation and be candid and honest. This is your chance to show who you are. Pay attention to grammar and writing style. Remember to keep the statement to one page. You should begin writing your personal statement during the summer between your third and fourth years of medical school to allow ample time for revisions and reviews. Have multiple people read your statement and then read it again. This should be polished and perfected before being turned in. Sixty-eight percent of programs cited the personal statement as a factor in selecting students to interview. On a scale of 1-5, the importance of the personal statement in ranking a student was 2.7.