Your personal statement is your opportunity to stand out from all of the other medical applicants and show why you really want to study medicine. It’s a chance to highlight your skills, qualities, and your motivation to study medicine.
A personal statement supports your UCAS application and helps universities choose their candidates.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Your personal statement needs to be 4000 characters, approx 500 words and at least 47 lines.
It should include the following:
Why do you want to study medicine? (Motivation)
What have you done to learn about it? (Exploration)
Why are you such a good fit for medicine? (Suitability)
Make sure you get feedback on your personal statement. Firstly from a family member, they can see how it reads and if it makes sense. Following this, get a professional opinion from a teacher or Admissions Tutor. We recommend the following structure: - Why you want to be a Doctor (motivation) - Work experience – and what you learnt from it (exploration) - Volunteering (exploration) - Wider Reading and study (exploration) - Extracurricular (suitability) - Conclusion (motivation)
Why do you want to study medicine. This should be your first section.
Common ways in which applicants show motivation within their personal statement are:
• “I love studying science and people, so I want to be a Doctor” • “I had a medical experience that lead to an epiphany, and now I want to be a Doctor”
Both of these are acceptable but you need to find a way to be unique so think about the following: • Why do you love science? Do you have a personal example of this? • What is it about caring for people that inspires you? What experience sparked this? • How do the two things above fuse together in the career of a Doctor? If you had an experience that made you want to be a Doctor then use this but don’t worry if not.
This is showing how you’ve explored that this is the right path for you. Such as work experience, volunteering, community work and wider reading.
Write about how each of these has impacted you.
What did it teach you?
Did you witness a GP reassuring a patient? If so, what did you learn?
Were you able to listen and understand? If so, how did it make you feel?
Did you experience any realities of being a dr such as delivering bad news? If so, how did this affect you?
Make sure you’re clear about what you did and where you gained the experience. Add in details such as what happened and how you learnt from it.
Note that you need to be able to discuss this at a potential interview.
You’ve shown your motivated to study medicine and explored it thoroughly so now you need to show why you are suited to becoming a doctor.
Think about how you can show this rather than just tell. It’s easy to say that you’re empathetic. You need to describe examples from work experience or other situations.
Remember, also, that suitability for Medicine requires knowing what Medicine is all about. You can establish this by speaking to Medical Students and Doctors, reading widely, and carrying out work experience.
When to Mention Extracurricular Activities Extracurricular activities look fantastic on your Personal Statement as long as they are relevant.
Is there a way to show you’re suitable to Medicine that references an extracurricular activity? For example, are you a sports team captain and have demonstrated leadership? Do you have a hobby where empathy is impor