Medicine Personal Statement
Your personal statement is a really important part of your application to study Medicine at university. It’s a chance for you to show off to your chosen universities, let them know how much hard work you’ve been putting in, and also convince them you’re the perfect candidate. Medicine personal statement structure can be quite tricky to get right, but that’s exactly why we’ve put this guide together for you!
You will be submitting your personal statement together with other parts of your UCAS application.
Sitting down and starting to try and figure out how on earth you’re going to write this life-changing piece of work can feel really overwhelming and scary. But fear not!
Hopefully, this article will help start to get you thinking about your personal statement, how to structure it and the types of things to include. As with all articles, make sure you have a pen and paper handy or a word document open to note down anything you find particularly helpful or useful so you can remember to include it in your personal statement.
How to structure Medicine Personal Statement?
There are a number of things you need to include in your personal statement.
This is not a definitive list, but you could use this as a checklist to help guide what you may need to include whilst you’re writing your personal statement.
You don’t need to include your GCSE / A level results, or your UCAT / BMAT results, as these will be in a separate part of your application. If you include them here, you will waste precious words and space which could be better utilised!
Medicine Personal Statement Structure
1. Why you are applying to Medicine. It’s really important you say more than just that you want to help people, it’s fine to say this, but lots of professions allow you to help people such as teaching and social work.
2. Examples of your work experience including a good reflection and how this has influenced your decision to apply for Medicine.
3. Examples of your volunteering including a good reflection and how this has influenced you and helped develop your communication skills etc.
4. Extracurricular activities you do and what skills they have given you which are transferrable to Medicine
5. Evidence you understand the difficulties, obstacles and strains of being a medical student and doctor, as well as evidence of resilience and how you will be able to cope with this.
6. Jobs or employment you have and the skills these give you which would be transferrable to Medicine.
7. Any extra qualifications and awards you have received, the hard work and determination you put into achieving these and how this makes you suitable for Medicine
8. Reflections on any extra reading / TV shows etc. you have done, your thoughts on this and how they have given you more insight into Medicine as a career
What are universities looking for in my personal statement?
Universities are looking for several things in your personal statement.
First of all, it’s a good opportunity for them to check you’ve covered the basic requirements such as completing work experience and volunteering.
However, personal statements are about so much more than that. They’re an opportunity for universities to try and figure out if you’re a suitable and the right candidate for Medicine.
They’re looking for evidence that you’re:
- A team worker
- and also very important that you’re realistic.
You need to include examples of all of these things and make it clear to the university that you understand what the harsh realities and difficulties of being a medical student and doctor are.
If universities think you’re too naïve or don’t have enough insight into how difficult a journey in Medicine is, they might reject you.
How many words/characters can I use in Medicine Personal Statement?
Your personal statement needs to be 4,000 characters long, meaning it will contain about 400 words and be over 47 lines.
It’s important you don’t go over this, as you won’t be allowed to submit it all, so then your personal statement will be cut off randomly, and you may not have mentioned everything you want/ need to.
Be careful to not be too far under the word limit as well. If your personal statement looks too short, universities may interpret this as laziness, disinterest or lack of motivation in studying Medicine or that you haven’t done enough things to meet the criteria needed to apply to Medicine.
Breaking Medicine Personal Statement into sections
What’s the right balance of academic, personal and work experience content?
This is a really hard balance to strike. Every personal statement is unique. Your structure could be completely different to other candidates, and both could be really great personal statements that will help guarantee places at medical school.
Nonetheless, if you’re really struggling, the easiest thing to start your personal statement off with is why you want to study Medicine and what attributes make you suitable.
After this, a paragraph each for work experience, volunteering etc is sufficient.
How should I reflect in my personal statement?
As a general rule, make sure your reflections are genuine, personal and realistic. Acknowledging both the good and bad and how this has affected you, your thoughts and your attitudes.
Read our Reflection Guide to learn how to reflect properly in your Medicine Personal Statement.
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