When applying to study Medicine, you must include a short piece of writing with your UCAS form called a personal statement. When writing a personal statement for Medical School, the aim is to persuade whoever reads it that you are a great candidate to study Medicine.
This page provides the headline information on how to write a personal statement for medical school, before offering a step-by-step guide on what you need to do. Don’t forget to use all the subpages to make the most of the section.
What Is A Personal Statement?
According to the UCAS website, ‘a personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself to your prospective school, college or training provider.’
That pretty much sums it up. You need to sell yourself to Medical Schools. And you have to do this in up to 4,000 characters, which will make up roughly 500 words, over 47 lines of 12-point script.
That means being very precise and using your unique selling points as well as possible to gain an edge over the competition.
What Should My Personal Statement for Medical School Include?
Broadly speaking, your Personal Statement needs to cover three main strands:
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 Medical School?
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. In brackets, we state the main (but not only) function of each segment.
Why I want to be a doctor (motivation)
Work experience (exploration)
Wider Reading and study (exploration)
What You Need To Do
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.
Plan your structure properly. This might follow our guidelines above but it doesn’t have to. Just make sure it is clear.
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.
Edit and refine. Begin honing your draft down into something resembling the final form in the appropriate writing style.
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.
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.
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.