One of the most common questions potential applicants have is how do I write a medical school personal statement? Medical school personal statements are very similar to dentistry and veterinary medicine personal statements, which take the same skills. Whilst there is no one size fits all policy, Master Medicine has outlined the basic structure and the basic dos and don'ts to make sure your medical school personal statement stands out.
Start with why you want to do medicine (or dentistry or veterinary medicine)
While this has the potential to be boring, you should make sure it isn't. Never use generalisations when you are telling those admissions tutors why you want to be a doctor. Think back. When was the first time you considered being a doctor? Were you a patient? Was a family member a patient? Tell that story, briefly, but from the heart (as cheesy as it sounds) - no one else has your story. Those admissions tutors have to read thousands of personal statements, make sure yours is unique.
2. Then move on to your work experience
Before you say it - yes you need work experience and you need to make it count. Now, we know everyone has different work experience, and the medical schools know it too. But what counts is what you learned from it. Again, tell a specific experience you had on your work experience, no generalisations. Talk about what you learned from it and how it relates to medicine. Why will it make you a better doctor or dentist or vet? There is no point going on work experience if you didn't learn anything from it. The universities don't just want it to be a box ticking exercise,
3. Don't spend too long on your extra-curriculars
Mention your extra curricular activities, but don't waste characters on it. Talk more about what skills you have learned from them and how they relate to medicine. Again, why will they make you a better doctor? But that's it. One sentence describing the activity, one describing the skill. Team sports teaches you teamwork and leadership, learning an instrument over a number of years shows dedication and perseverence. A job in a restaurant teaches you how to communicate with the general public. Everything is valuable.
4. Conclude briefly
Short, slightly cheesy but with high impact. Explain very succinctly why you want to be a part of this career for life. The way to end this is a long term commitment.
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