I have spent the entirety of today cleaning my house in preparation for my aunt’s visit tomorrow and helping my mother cook for guests we had for tea and dinner today. So when I had the opportunity to sit down and help a friend with his personal statement for medicine, I was actually very pleased. A personal statement is one of the most important documents an applicant can write. It is the first insight an admissions officer has into the applicant’s mind and way of thinking. It is essential, therefore, to put together a concise, truthful, compassionate and intelligent personal statement. Believe me, it is harder than it looks. A doctor has to be many things: empathetic, critical, analytical, a team-worker…the list is quite endless. And an applicant must be able to convey two things through the personal statement.
- WHY (s)he wants to study medicine
- HOW are they suited for the course
It takes diligence, practise and dedication to make 4000 characters reflect a person with academic, personal and social abilities but also the humility and enthusiasm to learn from the hospital porter right to a cardiac-surgeon, whilst maintaing their integrity and compassion.