and Personal Statements for Health Professionals, 2nd Edition
Getting Into a Residency: A Guide for Medical Students, 8th Edition
Into Medical School! A Guide for the Perplexed REVISED
Medical Electives in the U.S. and Canada
You Spot the Errors?
Jim Tysinger, author of RESUMES AND PERSONAL STATEMENTS FOR HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS, developed these three common items: a resume, a personal
statement, and an ERAS application worksheet.
contain numerous errors. If you can't see them, you probably need
to get his book.
Diana M. Perez
300 Mountain View
San Antonio, TX 78244
Home Phone: (210) 333-4545
Pager: (210) 752-4422
M.D. UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX,
May 2002 (expected)
B.S. The University of Texas at Austin, 1993, Cum Laude
Major: Education; Minors: Physics and Biology
Warren Hastings Academic Scholarship, 1990-1994
Frances P. Smith Award, UT-Austin, 1994
Hispanic Student Association, Passmore Medical School, 1998-Present
STD Lecture Series, 1999
Physics Club, UT-Austin, 1992-1994
Spanish (fluent in speaking, writing, and reading)
BCLS - expires July 2003
ACLS - expires October 2002
Participant, Minority Careers in Science Program, UT-Austin, Summer
Volunteer, Community Health Fair, San Fernando Cathedral, July 2000
Tutor and councilor, neighborhood children, 1987-1989
Internal Affairs, Internal Medicine Student Interest Group
Texas Academy of Family Physicians
All-Tex Computing, Dallas, TX, 1997-1999
Jogging, Cardio Kickboxing, spending time with spouse, child, family
and friends, reading, water-skiing, cooking, basketball, watching
Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ
Throughout my life a family practitioner, Dr. Wallace, has been
my role model. Following my mother throughout her pregnancy, Dr.
Wallace cared for me before I was even born. Dr. Wallace always
smiled at me and encouraged me to do well in school. Her office
was filled with interesting drawings and photographs and shiny instruments--along
with those dreaded needles! She treated my sore throats and immunized
me to keep me well. She also cared for my entire family, including
my grandmother who lived with us. As a child, I dreamed of becoming
like Dr. Wallace, but thought that becoming a physician was beyond
love teaching and science. In fact, tutoring children in my neighborhood
as a high school student led me to major in education at UT-Austin.
I enjoyed my physics and computer courses the most. After graduation
I was hired by the Dallas Independent School District to teach high
school physics and biology. I loved designing experiments that involved
the students and made them think. One year I used an old school
planetarium that I integrated into the science curriculum. After
teaching for several years I became tired of all the paperwork and
became a partner in a computer management company. Designing and
developing custom business software and writing application documentation
was stimulating at first and helped me earn a higher salary, but
it didn't have the interactions with people that I needed. I then
began to think about Dr. Wallace and how much she seemed to love
her work. After talking with several doctors I decided to leave
that position and return to school to complete my prerequisites.
My friends couldn't understand it, but with the encouragement of
my spouse and family, I applied to medical school and was accepted.
academic and extracurricular activities at Passmore Medical School
have prepared me for residency. I struggled through some of my basic
science courses, but loved my first-year Introduction to Clinical
Medicine Course because I enjoyed interacting with the standardized
patients. I led sessions in our student-run STD series during first
year and completed a FP preceptorship at an inner-city clinic after
first year. I studied hard for the Step 1, and celebrated my passing
score, even if it was just above passing. Shortly after taking the
Step 1 I took a two-month leave for the birth of my son, Antonio.
Caring for Antonio during my clerkships challenged my time-management
skills, but my spouse really helped pull his share of the work.
Surgery, my first rotation after returning to school was especially
hard. The long hours, sleepless nights, and being unable to see
Antonio as often really took a toll on me and my ability to study.
I obtained a passing score on the Surgery shelf exam, but earned
excellent evaluations from my residents and attendings. Internal
Medicine and Family Practice were my favorite clerkships. I loved
the way the Internists paid attention to details about patients
and felt good when I cared for the complex patients on the Medicine
wards. I especially liked working with people who were chronically
ill and needed emotional support. I loved FP because I also enjoyed
working with children. I also got along fabuously with their parents.
I speak Spanish fluently and enjoy working with all kinds of people.
Deciding on which specialty to pursue was difficult, but I finally
spouse Andrew, a computer programmer, works at home where he also
cares for Richard, our son. We are expecting another child in March,
just after Match Day. As a family we enjoy hiking and swimming.
We want to live in an area that is close to mountains so we can
learn to ski. Our dog Rusty is a lab with unlimited energy, so having
a home with a big yard is a must.
Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ
All-Tex Computing Services, Dallas, TX
Position: Partner and computer consultant
I helped found this computer consulting company with two former
high school computer teachers and my spouse. I helped identify
client needs and tailored software programs to meet their needs.
I was the person who was responsible for hiring, promoting, and
firing employees. I maintained all company records and checked
with clients to insure the work was performed satisfactorily.
for Leaving: Returned to college to complete pre-med courses.
Month: June Year: 1997
To: Month: July Year: 1999
Dallas Independent School District
Position: Physics and Biology teacher
I taught science courses to high school students. I had to manage
the classroom and laboratories. I was totally responsible for
ordering texts and supplies, writing lesson plans, insuring student
safety, presenting lessons, writing exams, and assigning grades.
for Leaving: Left to start computer company
Month: August Year: 1994
To: Month: May Year: 1997
Family Practice Student Association
Position: Community Health Fair, San Fernando Cathedral
I staffed a booth for screening for hypertension. I explained
to the people, many of whom spoke only Spanish, the reason we
were taking their blood pressure and why it was so important.
I also talked to the people about what they could do to improve
Month: July Year: 2000
To: Month: July Year: 2000
Organization: Minority Careers in Science Program, UT-Austin
As part of a program in which I learned about science careers,
I gained some research experience in a biology lab. The researcher
taught me the principles of the scientific method and showed me
how to apply this method to conduct research studies. I was allowed
to participate in some actual experiments, but no publications
resulted from my contributions.
Month: June Year: 1990
To: Month: July Year: 1990
your medical education interrupted? Yes
I took a two-month leave of absence at the end of second year
to give birth to my child.
(fluent in conversational, writing, and reading)
Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ