Preparing your personal statement
How to get started
The personal statement is the section in your UCAS application that allows you to show your personality and express your motivation for a career in medicine. It’s the space that you have to convince the admissions tutors at your four chosen medical schools that they should invite you to interview. You have 4000 characters in which to do this (roughly 47 lines). You’ll quickly discover there’s plenty of advice around, both in books and on the internet. But the question is how do you write a good personal statement? How do you make yourself stand out? What should you leave in? What should you leave out? Here are some basic tips on how to start preparing your personal statement.
The first step in preparing your personal statement is to take a good look at yourself—your personality, your strengths, and your achievements. It’s important to give yourself plenty of time by