Writing your personal statement: view from a careers adviser
It has to be true and has to be you
- By: George Fussey
Because so many students who apply to study medicine meet the academic criteria for entry, medical schools use other evidence when deciding whether to offer you a place. The UCAS personal statement is one of the main ways medical schools compare applicants. Some medical schools assess the quality of your personal statement formally and use this as part of a formula to help them decide whether to offer an interview. Other medical schools use them more informally to form an impression of a candidate’s suitability and follow up on particular aspects at interview.
From many years of advising medical applicants in my role at Eton College, I have summarised below some key pointers that should help you to write a winning personal statement.
At its best, a good personal statement will include the following information:
It should also provide evidence of your personal qualities and how these relate to the