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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:
Sporting involvement – clubs, school/county/national representation
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.

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