How To Write A Medicine Personal Statement Conclusion
Advice & Insight From Personal Statement Specialists
A strong personal statement needs a satisfying conclusion. In your conclusion you should aim to tie everything together, reinforcing and summarising your key points. For the personal statement to have a sense of closure you need to reinstate your main points. Using your final few characters leave a thought or reflection to highlight the significance of studying medicine to you. The conclusion serves as a concise summary but also an affirmation of how and why you are an excellent medical school candidate.
Introduction v Conclusion
The conclusion and introduction of your personal statement may have many similarities where they both make reference to why you want to study medicine and your genuine passion for the subject. Both sections need to be compelling and serve a particular purpose. This involves being authentic and focused, making it unique to you.
It can be useful to think of the conclusion as a conclusive paragraph with a closing statement.
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Most importantly the conclusion should make you seem interesting and stand out. The aim is to summarise the most impressive points and evidence from each paragraph. The bulk of your statement will cover what cemented your desire to study medicine and gave you a formative interest in the career? How did you ensure that this decision was informed? What your key skills and competencies are and how are they necessary for the career. It could be useful to go through each paragraph of your personal statement and reflect on what point you were trying to make throughout. Summarise each of these points into one or two lines so you can reinforce your key ideas. You do not want to be introducing new points and ideas in the conclusion as you hoping to clarify and summarise the most important parts of the statement. Avoid referencing any new experiences or skill sets which aren’t elsewhere referenced. Without simply repeating what you have already written you should concisely summarise and wrap up your ideas. You need to balance the requirement of not adding new content with not wasting characters on phrases and explanations that do not add anything new or interesting. Think of the conclusion as adding an extra dimension to the message you have already provided. There will be parts of your personal statement that are more relevant and impactful then others, relevant points should be included in the conclusion.
Following the summary of your key findings you want to end on a reflection or final thought. You may want to consider whether you focus on a personal motivation or more broadly on the medical world. Ultimately your future ambition is likely to be a career in medicine, so you want to show why and how you will fulfil your ambition to study medicine and what about you will make you an asset to the NHS. Consider how you will fit in not just with university life but the wider career. You want to give it a personal touch and do justice for the rest of the statement to leave a lasting impression. Tell them the most important facts about you.
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Considering your writing style is important to make the conclusion captivating. It can be tempting to write hyperbolically exploring how it would be an honour or privilege to study medicine – you don’t want to seem as if you are exaggerating or begging for a place. This takes away from the key point you are trying to say. As with the introduction steer away from the cliches, quotes, jokes and the thesaurus. The conclusion wants to explicitly pinpoint your points not leave the admissions tutor in consideration so avoid rhetorical questions to wrap things up.