Writing a personal statement can be daunting; having to lay out the most important reasons why you would be a great addition to a medical school (in just 4000 characters) can seem like a Herculean task that can wait until tomorrow. This guide will help you put pen to (metaphorical) paper and break down what makes a personal statement for medicine successful. The important thing to remember is that there is no 'perfect' example of a personal statement, so don't hesitate to get started for fear of getting it wrong. Check out these tips!
This is a guide to medical work experience including how to get it and how to learn from it, which is vital if you are to make the most of your experience.
This is part of a series where we share successful Medicine Personal Statements. Here’s Samah’s Graduate Entry Medicine Personal Statement as referenced in the guide and Q&A video with Ali Abdaal below. Enjoy!
This section tests your ability to understand real-world situations. It examines how you identify critical factors and choose appropriate actions to deal with them. For this section you do not need to have any medical knowledge, all the information can be obtained from the question you will be asked.
Let's take a look at decision making, many times it does not only concern one person, but must be discussed with someone to see their viability, the same goes for doctors when giving a diagnosis, it is necessary to discuss it with their patient to know which course to take.
The practice of medicine is often described as both a science and an art, where knowledge from fields of biology is applied in an approach based on ethics and human values. A cornerstone of this approach is empathy, which is the ability to understand the feelings of another, imagining what it might be like to experience what that person is feeling. Simply put, being empathetic is to see the world in someone else’s eyes or to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.