Updated: Jun 11, 2020
Medical applications teams will read hundreds of personal statements per year, so it goes without saying that making yours unique and interesting to read is essential. People applying to medical school, as a general rule, have much in common - which you would expect given that you are all applying for such a vocational degree - so this makes it particularly important to make your personal statement stand out. We have listed our top tips here to give you the very best chance of success. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list - you will find our full breakdown and detailed instruction in our Personal Statement section found HERE.
1) Write a strong introduction
This is the equivalent to making a good first impression in real life - your introduction can make or break the rest of your personal statement, so make it stand out! This is a good part of your personal statement to discuss your motivation for studying medicine, and our advice here is to make it personal to you specifically. Please avoid clichés here such as “making a difference” and the “satisfaction of helping patients” etc - these may well be true, but unfortunately also very commonly seen in a personal statement for medicine so doesn’t add much to your application. Think about what has happened to you personally that has led you to want to become a doctor. Keep it succinct and clear - the introduction doesn’t need to be long (words are precious with a 4,000 character limit) so just make it relevant and unique.
2) Be reflective
Simply listing what you have done is not only boring to read, but also doesn’t really demonstrate that you have developed knowledge or skills from doing it. When you mention your work experience, discuss what you learned from it and provide examples. Likewise, when discussing your hobbies, demonstrate what you have learned from them that is relevant to a career in medicine - did they help to develop your teamwork skills, for example?
3) Discuss your personal attributes and why they would make you a good doctor
It is a ‘personal’ statement for a reason - the medical applications team will be trying to get a glimpse into your personality beyond simply what you have achieved - much of this, at least academically, will already be evident in your UCAT scores and predicted A Level grades. When discussing your attributes, back them up wherever possible with examples of when/where you demonstrated this; if you are struggling on this, we highly recommend visiting the Personal Statement section on our website.
4) Show that you appreciate the realities of a career in medicine
It is not uncommon for young applicants to have a ‘rose tinted’ view of what a career in medicine might look like - obviously, you are applying to medical school because this is your dream career - but it is important that you are also aware of the pitfalls and difficulties that doctors and medical students are likely to encounter. This will show that you have carefully considered the realities of a medical career, and thus makes your medical application stronger.
5) Conclude your statement clearly
Essentially, this should summarise the key points of your personal statement to round it off succinctly and confidently. Using points previously made in your statement, reinforce the final demonstration of your motivation to study medicine.
We also provide a tailored service as part of our Packages where we will individually assess and critique your personal statement, giving feedback and suggestions/corrections to optimise your chance of success - click above to see more. You will be assigned a personal Admissions Specialist who will guide your Personal Statement until it is perfect - you have unlimited access to them!
Written by the BecomeAMedic Team
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