We are always interested in knowing how and why a candidate has chosen to pursue this branch of medicine. It often detracts from a personal statement when we find candidates mentioning their love for Internal Medicine, or not mentioning Occupational Medicine at all. Candidates sometimes also mention wishing to train in Preventive Medicine -this is ok to do, but we do expect that candidates will recognize in their statements that Occupational & Environmental Medicine is one of three unique specialty branches within Preventive Medicine. Additionally, approximately 1/3 of residents and graduates have completed training in other disciplines, with the remaining 50% have completed multiple PGY years in other fields. In these situations we do look to the personal statement to understand why a candidate maybe desiring to switch specialties.