Medicine Personal Statement Structure
Advice & Insight From Personal Statement Specialists
1. Why do you want to study Medicine?
- Avoid mentioning personal experiences – These are divisive and often deter admissions tutors before they have a chance to read the rest of your personal statement
- Grammatical accuracy is essential throughout the personal statement, and in particular throughout the first section.
2. Medicine related work experience
- The best candidates will have work experience in at least 2 hospital settings, 1 GP setting, and 1 care home or voluntary setting.
- Exceptional candidates may also have experience of attending medical conferences or health commissioning events.These demonstrate a wider interest and understanding of the medical profession.
- Work experience can be difficult to arrange but it is unacceptable not to have any, as it shows a lack of commitment and perseverance.
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2A - Medical Research (Bonus Section)
- This should come after your work experience. It’s not a traditional part of the medicine personal statement, however, with students increasingly completing Extended Project Qualifications, Medical Schools have almost come to expect additional research to be included in personal statements.
- Whilst EPQs are useful to mention, the very best students are boasting medical journal publications. These are relatively easy to achieve with a simple letter to the editor for any recently published article. If you’re unfamiliar with how to find suitable medical journal articles, a quick search on Google Scholar will give you access to all of the latest medical publications.
3. Extra-Curricular Activities and Achievements
- A common error is to sacrifice this paragraph to include more academic and work experience material.
- With numerous candidates meeting the grade requirements this paragraph is arguably the most important because it can set you apart from the competition.
- Universities are looking for well-rounded candidates who will contribute to their clubs and societies.
- Here are some examples of extra-curricular categories you could include:
Music interests and achievements
Duke of Edinburgh
Prizes and awards – Non-academic and academic
Positions of responsibility – Prefect/Head of House/ Head Boy/ Head Girl
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4. Your ‘Medicine Attributes’
- This is your opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of being a medical student and doctor, and state how your work experiences, balanced character and academic rigour have prepared you for these challenges.