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Medicine Personal Statement – A Free Guide to Personal Statements for Medical School

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

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About Personal Statements

What is a Medicine Personal Statement?

A medicine 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 medicine personal statement will need to be 4,000 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 include?

Your medicine personal statement 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?

Your medicine personal statement structure is, of course, 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 will give you a strong foundation from which to showcase your attributes:

Tips for writing your Personal Statement

  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 medicine 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 medicine personal statement, give it to parents, teachers, friends and family. Get feedback and make improvements.
  1. Get a professional review. Send your personal statement to The Medic Portal for professional feedback. Incorporate this feedback and repeat the fifth step.
  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 medicine personal statement tips from TMP’s tutors? Hear Afra’s top tips in the video below!

How can I get help with my Personal Statement?

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

With our Personal Statement Review service, you can upload a draft of your personal statement for medical school 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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Learn More:

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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