When you become a doctor, you will need to keep a logbook throughout your career to show your interests and skills. This approach is how you should begin the process of writing your personal statement. Keep any articles that are of interest to you, and note down any fields of Medicine you particularly want to research and learn more about. In addition, keep a record of all the volunteering and medical work experience you carry out, and any extracurricular activities that could help you show the qualities of a good doctor.
You will have written many drafts of your personal statement before you finally press the submit button, and will have spent hours editing the document. Remember: this is the first impression you will make on the universities, so it is essential that the statement is finished to an extremely high standard.
Here are some general tips to follow for success.
Ensure the statement is clear and well structured. Ask someone to read the statement – to check not only for spelling and grammar, but also for ease of reading.
Only include relevant material: the limit for the personal statement is 4,000 characters (including spaces) or 37 lines – whichever you reach first.
Do not stretch the truth: only include work experience you have undertaken and books/articles you have read. Some universities now require evidence of the work experience you have carried out.
Don’t be modest: this is your chance to show how fantastic a prospective medical student you are!
Why do you want to study Medicine?
This is often the most difficult section to write. However, there are techniques and tools you can use to help you come up with a good reason!
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In this resource, you will find medicine personal statement examples which are annotated to guide you on good and bad practice.
If you are applying to study Medicine as a graduate, there are a number of key aspects you should consider when writing your personal statement.
The amount of work experience students will have is limited by practicalities; your experience will be predominantly limited to your holidays from school, and placement availability