Personal Statement for Medicine: Submission Checklist
You’re probably about to submit your personal statement for medicine ahead of next week’s deadline.
Before you push the button, here is a final checklist to make sure your personal statement ticks all the right boxes for medical school.
Get your personal statement for medicine reviewed today by a current medic or a Medical School Admissions tutor.
The answer to all of the 20 questions below should be ‘YES’ prior to making your submission!
- If read in isolation from the rest of your personal statement for medicine, does your opening paragraph give a good idea of why you want to become a doctor?
- Is your opening paragraph personalised to the extent that it could only have been written by you and by nobody else?
- Has every experience and every quality you have cited in your personal statement for medicine been backed up by specific examples?
- Have you used the three point reflection technique for work experiences: what/where/when > specific example(s) > what your learned from them?
- Have you read your personal statement for medicine out loud to yourself and/or at least one friend or family member?
- Have you used active language (e.g. ‘I rose to the challenge’), rather than passive language (e.g. ‘I was challenged’), wherever possible?
- Have you used a clear, linear structure, grouping together relevant work experience, volunteering and extracurricular activities?
- Have you used straightforward and concise language to express every point you make as clearly as you possibly can?
- When speaking about volunteering, have you included a time frame to show that you have demonstrated ongoing commitment?
- Have you mentioned the key qualities needed to make a great medical student and, ultimately, a top doctor: empathy; communication; teamwork; leadership; desire to learn and teach?
- Have you provided personal examples of all of these qualities, as well as examples of some of them from your work experience?
- Have you recognised at some point in your personal statement for medicine that being a doctor is stressful and challenging?
- Have you shown that you have a good outlet for stress?
- Do you come across as a well-rounded candidate with other interests and hobbies outside of medicine and academia?
- Have you got a professional to check all use of medical terminology in your personal statement to ensure it has been used appropriately?
- Have you given your teacher a list of things that could add value to your application but that you didn’t have room to include, so they can use them on their Teacher Reference?
- Are you happy to discuss everything on your personal statement in depth at your medical school interview?
- Does your conclusion nicely summarise what has gone before it and emphasise your motivation and suitability for medicine?
- Is your personal statement your own work, written by you and in your own voice?
- Does your personal statement meet the 4,000 character limit?
When the answer to all of these questions is ‘yes’…. You might just be ready to submit your personal statement.