Personal Statement

AC Track

  • Personal Statement Length: 1-2-Pages Maximum

The purpose of this statement is for you to help the Committees on Appointment and Promotion, the AC Advisory Committee, the Dean’s office, and the Provost’s Office understand your career path and your most significant achievements.  Information provided in the Personal Statement should complement but not repeat your CV. It is your personal academic narrative.

Add a link to the metrics addendum

Section 1: Introduction

Characterizes your career path and describe what led to your particular focus.

Section 2: Your Area of Concentration (AOC)

Describe accomplishments in your designated AOC, focusing on specific successes and innovations that have had an impact within your primary practice site, Penn Medicine, the region, or nationally as the case may be.

Section 3: Clinical expertise/activities (If not already addressed within AOC).

Section 4: Teaching (If not already addressed within AOC).

Describe the impact of your teaching using metrics described in guidance document. (see link)

Be sure to include:

  • Who you teach (types of learners)
  • Your teaching philosophy
  • Specific successes/innovations (e.g. outstanding contributions to a course, creation of new teaching materials, etc.)

Section 5: Projects in progress

Describe future directions and areas of planned expansion and growth.  

Section 6: Optional Impact statement

COAP recognizes that significant events (pandemic, personal or family issues, etc) may impact one’s academic trajectory. Some candidates will choose to incorporate such mitigating factors into their personal statements.

Remember the Personal Statement is your opportunity to help guide your promotion review process by clearly, but concisely, describing and emphasizing your accomplishments.