Congratulations on starting your personal statement, or at least thinking about it. Just as starting a personal statement can be challenging, knowing how to finish your statement can be equally, if not more challenging. You want to start on a high and end even higher, leaving the personal statement reviewer impressed and confident in your abilities to practice medicine.
So, how should you end a personal statement for medicine? The main part of your conclusion shouldn’t include any new points, but clarify and summarise what you have already said. Re-emphasise your passion for medicine and include a brief summary of your skills.
In this article, we give you some tried and tested examples of great ways to end your personal statement, as well as information on how to write a successful medical personal statement as a whole. We also introduce ourselves at The Future Medic and tell you what we can do to support you and increase your chances of studying medicine at your chosen university.
What is a personal statement for medicine?
A medicine personal statement is the first impression you make to a medical school, so it’s very important to get it right. A good or exceptional personal statement increases your chances of getting an interview and being accepted into your chosen medical school. With the NHS workforce crisis, even more people are considering a career in medicine, so the competition has never been higher.
A personal statement is your chance to tell the reviewer why you want to study medicine and why you will be suited to it. Essentially, you’re telling them why they should choose you. Last year, 2022, was considered the hardest year to enter medical school. We don’t intend to put you off, but to stress the importance of getting it right if you’re set on becoming a medical professional.
Your personal statement should follow this structure:
- An introduction
- The main body- the longest part
- A conclusion
What to include in a personal statement for medicine
In this section, we will look at some essential aspects of your personal statement that shouldn’t be overlooked, including how to leave a lasting impression on the reviewer with a strong ending. After all, it doesn’t matter how good the rest of your personal statement is; if the ending isn’t good enough, you won’t be remembered.
So, how do you write a personal statement for medicine? First, you need to make sure you fully understand a personal statement and have a clear picture in your mind of how you want to portray yourself. It’s recommended to make notes before writing your statement so you can get all of your experiences, attributes, reflections and passions down in one place to then organise it in a formal way.
What to include in the introduction
This section should be straight to the point and offer a way for the admissions officer to start building a connection with your case initially. Using an attention-grabbing opening statement and coming across confident is the best way to begin a personal statement.
Your tone of voice should be conversational yet professional and represent the communication style that will be apparent throughout the rest of your statement. Content-wise, you should include a short introduction to who you are and why you are applying. All other details will be incorporated further on in the application.
What to include in the main body
While you must include most of your information in this section, be sure to keep the writing style succinct. Not only will this ensure the reader’s attention is maintained throughout your statement but the whole statement is only around 500-600 words so choose widely.
It would help if you wrote about your experience, qualifications, interests, and passions related to the course you are applying for. Careful attention should be given to the university course description and general statements, and an understanding of this should be applied to your content.
Whilst assessors will want to learn about your unique information, they will still want to see that you have considered this is the course for you. To do this, each point should feature information and evidence. Don’t leave a point unexplained or left to the imagination; be clear and back up what you’re saying with evidence.
What to include in the conclusion
This is the main focus of our article today, so we’ll go in more detail with how to finish a personal statement. Like the introduction, this section should be to the point so as not to lose interest.
You do not want to simply repeat any evidential information but should reiterate, in a different way, any of the critical points that you want to stand out.
Do not add new information, as it will dilute your previous messaging. Round off your statement with a strong closing sentence, and you are good to go. It’s also important not to forget your writing style as many applicants allow the quality to slip towards the end. Finishing on a strong and captivating note will leave that lasting impression that you want.
Why do you have a passion for medicine?
So, why do you have a passion for medicine? Your answer should be different to someone else’s as you don’t want a general answer that isn’t memorable. Think about what motivates you personally. You should already have expressed this in the main body of your statement but nows the time to emphasise it.
Focus on the current medical situation and how you can help
This is a particularly good example given the current NHS crisis. You should already have mentioned your skillset, attributes and experiences and how you can contribute to the medal world because of this, but ending with a strong, bold statement that reflects the current NHS status and what you will do to improve it will leave a lasting impression on the reviewer.
What can The Future Medic do for you?
We know that writing your personal statement isn’t easy. You need to list your top qualities, achievements, reflections, learning experiences, and more. With huge competition for spaces at universities, your personal statement needs to stand out and provide a summary of your best self.
What are the benefits of using The Future Medic’s personal statement tutors?
Our team of doctors have read through thousands of personal statement for medicine as part of the medical school admissions process and knows exactly what is required to make your personal statement special and unique. We’ve got some amazing support options to help you craft the perfect personal statement.
Our tutors sit on medical school interview panels and have vast experience in medical education- this level of tutoring is not guaranteed elsewhere! Our Personal Statement Coaching Services provide wonderful benefits for any aspiring medical student:
- Access to experienced British doctors, medical education specialists, and tutors who have coached and interviewed thousands of applicants.
- 24/7 access to your tutor doctor through a dedicated WhatsApp group.
- Tailor-made feedback on your personal statement which is specific to you.
- Help even if you need to write your personal statement from scratch.
- Personalised 1-1 lessons, with all the attention on you.
- A relaxed tutoring environment- our coaching isn’t like a classroom, where only one teacher has to cater to 30 students!
- You can use our tutoring service from the comfort of your home without having to travel to a physical location.
- The option is unlimited coaching hours, or between 1-20 hours.
- Quick turnaround for feedback, within as little as 24 hours or 1 week.
- Guidance on how to make your medicine application stand out.
- Improved confidence for the interview stage at your dream medical school.
- Saves you time and stress, allowing you to focus on your A-Levels, UCAT admissions test and other commitments.
So, to finish a personal statement for medicine so you leave a lasting impression and keep the reviewer’s interested, don’t bring up any new points but summarise and revise the points you have made that you want to stand out. Be sure to include why you want to be a part of that particular medical school, why you are passionate about becoming a doctor and what you can do to improve health care.