Medicine Personal Statement

Your personal statement is the first impression you make on a medical school.

First impressions last. Ensure yours is perfect.

We know that writing your Medicine Personal Statement isn’t always easy. You list your top qualities, achievements, reflections, learning experiences and so much more. With huge competition for spaces at universities, your Personal Statement needs to make you stand out, and provide a summary of your best self.

What are the benefits of using Personal Statement Tutors?

Our team of doctors have read thousands of medicine personal statements 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 for you 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.
  • Relaxed tutoring environment- our coaching isn’t like a classroom, where there is only one teacher who 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 of unlimited hours of coaching, 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.

How is my Personal Statement Marked?

When creating your personal statement submission, understanding how a personal statement will be marked is essential. This is something that The Future Medic team are experts in, so full guidance is always offered. 

There is not one hard rule for how a personal statement is marked, as all medical and dental schools will have their criteria. Despite this, general principles tend to be covered within all marketing schemes, so we can confidently help prospective students craft excellently crafted personal statements

Whilst the way marks are awarded differs, all follow the same level of non-bias and best practice criteria to ensure fair marking. This means that the various aspects of an application, including qualifications and personal experience, are all considered fairly, which offers the best experience for both universities and candidates. 

General criteria can be broken down into the following categories:

Academic Suitability  

Each university will have clarified what qualifications are needed for the course acceptance. The personal statement should go one step further and outline information about the candidate’s academic suitability, such as their learning style and examples of how they have applied themselves to learning. 

Motivation for Wanting to Study Medical Practices

Thousands of students apply to each course every year, and many will have the same reasons for wanting to do so. The personal statement should include details on these motivations, which is why it is regarded as one of the marketing criteria. The applicant’s understanding and experience in associated roles will be considered.

Skill for Medical Study

Becoming qualified in the medical field is about much more than just learning the information and being able to put it into practice. The skills needed to work in medicine cover a range of personality traits the admissions officer will assess during the personal statement. 

To assess this, experience in community and volunteer work, examples of emotional intelligence, leadership style, and personal motivations are all examined. It is the transferable skills, in most situations, that will be of the most interest, which is why concise explanations are recommended during the writing of a personal statement. 

When creating your statement, our team will be able to share insights into the universities’ marketing criteria to give your application the best chance of success. By having a strong idea of how the personal statement will be marked, we can also ensure more continuity between your written and in-person stages of the application process.

How Do I Structure My Personal Statement?

Getting your personal statement spot on is essential for getting your message across effectively. With universities receiving thousands of applications, making sure your personal statement is concise and memorable is what we advise.

Structuring your personal statement is important to consider as you often have a small number of words available to share lots of information. Your personal statement should also get across who you are as a person so ensuring continuity in the writing style is vital.

By following the below structure, you can ensure that all the main pieces of information have been included to give your application the best chance of success.

1. Introduction Structure for Personal Statement

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 of a Personal Statement

2. What to Include in the Body of a Personal Statement

While you must include most of your information in this section, be sure to keep the writing style succinct. This will ensure the reader’s attention is maintained throughout your statement. 

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.

3. How to Conclude a Personal Statement

Like the introduction, this section should be to the point so as not to lose interest.

You do not want to 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.

What do medical schools want in personal statements?

Every year, medical schools are bombarded with countless applications, but they can only shortlist a select few to interview. Your Medical personal statement will also form the basis for questions asked at the interview.

Medical schools want to see the reasons why you want to pursue a Medicine degree and what you wish to do with it.

They will look for the key skills and attributes required for the challenge of a medical degree, such as:

  • Commitment
  • Problem-solving
  • Taking responsibility for your own actions
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Desire to alleviate others’ distress
  • Managing risk and dealing with problems

Where can I get Personal Statement Tutors to help me with my Medicine application?

Here at The Future Medic, we provide a Personal Statement Coaching service for aspiring medical students.

Your Personal Statement will be reviewed by one of our admissions panel doctors, who have seen hundreds of Medicine personal statements over the years. We will read your Personal Statement and guide you on the structure, language, syntax and authenticity.

If you haven’t started writing yet, then that is no problem – our Personal Statement Tutors can also help you write your Personal Statement from scratch.

Choose from one of our Personal Statement coaching packages below.

Shine like a diamond

With this service, you can start with having written nothing, and by the end, have created the perfect personal statement for you.

What you get:

This is the most effective:

We help you write your personal statement from scratch if needed. We help you structure it in the best possible way, focusing on each section in detail with unlimited redrafts and unlimited reviews until it is perfect.

We will also tutor you on aspects of the statement you will be asked about in interview.

£1,495

Personal statement coaching

Book a one-to-one session with our expert tutors.

Get specific coaching on the five domains of your PS as well as guidance on:

We can also go through with you what questions you are likely to be asked at interview about your PS.

£100

Last Minute Check-Up

This is a review of your personal statement by one of our admissions’ panel doctors.

The constructive criticism and advice you will receive will focus on the 5 domains:

Feedback in 1 week

£50

24 Hour Service

£200

Shine like a diamond

With this service, you can start with having written nothing, and by the end, have created the perfect medicine personal statement for you.

What you get:

This is the most effective:

We help you write your medicine personal statement from scratch if needed. We help you structure it in the best possible way, focusing on each section in detail with unlimited redrafts and unlimited reviews until it is perfect.

We will also tutor you on aspects of the statement you will be asked about in interview.

£1,495

Personal statement coaching

Book a one-to-one session with our expert tutors.

Get specific coaching on the five domains of your PS as well as guidance on:

We can also go through with you what questions you are likely to be asked at interview about your PS.

Starting from

£100

Last Minute Check-Up

This is a review of your medicine personal statement by one of our admissions’ panel doctors.

The constructive criticism and advice you will receive will focus on the 5 domains:

Feedback in 1 week

£50

24 Hour Service

£200

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Medical Personal Statement FAQs

I am an international student; can I have my personal statement reviewed?

Of course! Our personal statement, interview and UCAT coaching services are available for international students.

We understand that English may not be your first language, so we coach you in such a way that this does not become a hindrance at your interview.

Check out our webpage to see the support packages we offer for international students.

Who else can review my personal statement?

Ask a teacher to review your personal statement, as they can use their subject knowledge to advise you. They know you personally, so they can suggest specific areas for improvement.

However, be selective about the people you approach for feedback. If you share your personal statement with multiple family members and friends, they may give you contradictory pieces of advice.

If other Medicine applicants read your personal statement, they may be tempted to copy your ideas, so you will lose your original work.

Can a Personal Statement Reviewer write my personal statement for me?

No, your personal statement must be 100% your own work.

Never copy someone else’s personal statement or include inaccurate or misleading information in your application.

UCAS uses sophisticated technology to detect plagiarism and similarities across personal statements.

If you plagiarise on your personal statement and the UCAS software detects more than 30% similarity, you and your course provider will be notified by email, and your application could be rejected.

Make sure your Medical personal statement is 100% accurate and your own work. If UCAS suspects your application is fraudulent, they can request proof to verify the information you have provided.

How do I make my Medicine personal statement stand out?

Outline your motivation to study Medicine at your chosen university and explain how this will benefit your dream to become a doctor. What impact do you hope to make on the people around you?

Discuss any relevant work experience and what valuable skills you gained from them, such as problem-solving and conscientiousness.

Highlight your proudest achievements, which are unique to you, e.g. if you have climbed a mountain for charity or occupied a leadership position.

For more tips and advice, read our blog article on ‘what makes a successful Medicine personal statement’ here.

What common mistakes do I avoid when writing my Medicine personal statement?
  • Always proofread your personal statement a few times before submitting it.
  • Avoid using clichés, e.g. mentioning your childhood dream of wanting to become a doctor. You need to justify your passion for Medicine now, as a young adult.
  • Use a strong opening to hook the reader in.
  • Do not mention hobbies and interests that are irrelevant to studying Medicine, such as watching the TV series Casualty.
I have been invited to a medical school interview. Can a personal statement reviewer help me with my interview?

Yes, at The Future Medic, we provide interview tutoring services to help Medicine applicants successfully enter the medical schools of their choice.

Our Interview Tuition Service package starts from £100. It offers personalised 1-1 lessons from a doctor or medical education specialist. The package is available between 2 hours to 20 hours.

Our Mock Interview Practice service is £150, and you can try a mock medical school interview, to fully prepare you to answer those tough questions.

How long will my personal statement review take?

At The Future Medic, we provide a very speedy service!

Feedback on your personal statement will be returned to you within as little as 24 hours, or 1 week.

Personal Statement Tutor: Is it worth it?

Absolutely, it is worth having a personal statement reviewer look at your personal statement. Our tutors are fully qualified, practising British doctors within the NHS.

 

This level of tutoring is not guaranteed by any competitor. Each of our tutors has a breadth of experience to help you secure your place at your dream medical school.

What should you not say in a Medical personal statement?

These topics below should be avoided in a medical personal statement;

  • Irrelevant hobbies
  • Your academic grades and personal details
  • Plagiarised material