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Table 2 Example Excerpts of Reward Language in Pediatric Residency Personal Statements

From: Linguistic analysis of pediatric residency personal statements: gender differences

“Through this conversation, I further realized the rewarding opportunity presented to pediatricians- using their skills to serve ill children and their families with professionalism, excellence, and compassion.”
“While opportunities to learn, serve, and teach exist in every medical specialty, the ability to do so is particularly salient in pediatrics.”
“I’m drawn to pediatrics because it incorporates medicine, public health, and social work together in order to provide children with the best chance at living a healthy, successful life.”
“There is an immense potential in children [such] that I experience great fulfillment in trying to help them achieve.”
  1. Legend: Bolded words indicate reward language.