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Personal Statement For Medical School

Writing your personal statement for medicine? On this page, you can find out how to write a stand-out personal statement for medical school, our top tips on what to include and how to structure your statement to impress admissions tutors.

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What is a medical personal statement?

A medical personal statement is a piece of writing used by medical schools to assess whether you’ll be a great candidate to study medicine.

It’s designed to help universities select students who possess the qualities needed to become a doctor – so they’ll be looking for things like teamwork skills, great communication and commitment.

Your personal statement will need to be 4000 characters – roughly 500 words, over 47 lines.

Each medical school will use your personal statement differently in the admissions process – you can find out on our How Universities Use Your Medicine Personal Statement page.

What should my personal statement for medicine include?

Your personal statement for medicine should include the following three components:

  1. Motivation — Why do you want to study Medicine?
  2. Exploration — What have you done to learn about it?
  3. Suitability — Why are you a great fit for it?

The Medic Portal provides pages on each one of these in turn, along with an additional page on writing style.

How should I structure my personal statement for medicine?

Of course, this is a matter of personal preference. But you need to make sure you have a clear and logical framework. We would suggest that following the below, gives you strong foundation from which to showcase your attributes:

Tips for Medical Personal Statements

  1. Keep your reflective diary up to date. You can do this by using your free personal portfolio. This will prove to be a goldmine of material for your personal statement.
  1. Plan your structure properly. This might follow our guidelines above but it doesn’t have to. Just make sure it is clear.
  1. Start drafting. Make notes for each section in your structure. Don’t worry if you are writing too much, you can edit it down to the best bits later.
  1. Edit and refine. Begin honing your draft down into something resembling the final form in the appropriate writing style.
  1. Get advice. When you’re fairly happy with your personal statement for medical school, give it to parents, teachers, friends and family. Get feedback and make improvements.
  1. Get a professional review. Send your personal statement for medical school to The Medic Portal for professional feedback. Incorporate this feedback and repeat step 5.
  2. Upload and submit. Transfer the final version from Word onto the UCAS website. Since there’s no spell check on UCAS, this should be done only just before submission.

Want expert personal statement tips from TMP’s tutors? Hear Afra’s top tips in the video below!

How can I get help with my medical personal statement?

Getting feedback on your personal statement is incredibly important – and we’re here to help!

With our Personal Statement Review service, you can upload a draft of your statement and get tailored feedback from a current medical student or admissions tutor.

This will highlight the key areas for improvement, with clear action points so you can redraft and make your statement as strong as it can be.

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Find out more about The Medic Portal and how we support students with their personal statement on our About Us page>>

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