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How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Gain a head start getting into medical school with this unique course teaching you how to craft the perfect personal statement.

How to Write a Personal Statement for Medical School

Learn how to write the best personal statement to get into medical school

Receiving great feedback from both teachers and students alike, this nine-lesson online course teaches you all you need to know about writing a personal statement geared towards getting into medical school.

Learn what admissions tutors are looking for

Taught by medical students from the University of Cambridge, you’ll learn first hand what a career in medicine is all about and what admissions tutors are looking for in applications and personal statements.

You’ll also discover how and where to find work experience, volunteering opportunities and academic materials to help bolster your application.

Discover how to write a personal statement for medical school

Using in-depth examples and gaining extensive advice throughout, you’ll find out exactly what makes a great personal statement and how best to improve your chances of getting into the competitive world of medical schools and dental schools.

You’ll then have time to have a go yourself writing your own personal statement, with feedback and advice given on every aspect of the process.

Gain in-depth knowledge and support from In2Med

Supported by the Cambridge Accelerate Programme and taught by medical students themselves, this easy-to-access online course from In2Med is the first of its kind, dedicated to helping all kinds of students from all over the world get started with their career in medicine.

Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Hi, my name is Ankit. And today, I’d like to introduce you to our online course, how to write your best personal statement. You’re going to get access to our full online personal statement course. Now that includes nine video lessons, nine booklets accompanying each lesson, information about all the medical schools in the UK, and their application criteria, some example personal statements with detailed analysis, and advice about the career as a whole. When we were going through this process, exactly the same process that you are all going through right now. YouTube videos, blogs, and articles gave a lot of generic advice, but it didn’t actually help us write anything. And so we want to put this right.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds What this course is designed to do is to take you step by step in a tried and tested method to craft your personal statement. The upcoming lessons are how to apply to medicine. Then we’re going to focus on the personal statement basics before learning how to gather experience. After that, we’re going to learn about how to actually write your personal statement, covering the structure and writing style. And then we’re going to go through each of the sections paragraph by paragraph learning how to sculpt the personal statement. Our aim is to help students from all backgrounds write their best personal statement by taking you step by step through our systematic method which has proven to be very successful.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds So the only question is what are you waiting for.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Understanding how to write a great Personal Statement

    • Choosing to Study Medicine

      The most important pre-requisite to writing a strong personal statement is having insight into the qualities needed as a doctor and the challenges that face you in a medical career.

    • How to Apply to Medicine

      The application process may at first appear daunting, however we have mapped out the timeline of deadlines for you to show a way of structuring your time to accomplish all of the subsections of the application to a high standard.

    • Personal Statement Basics

      The first step to writing a great personal statement is understanding what universities are looking for and how you can use your experiences to show these qualities.

  • Week 2

    Preparing to write your personal statement

    • Gathering Experience

      In this activity we will explore the work experience, volunteering and reading that will provide the substance of your personal statement. Apply what you will learn in this activity to seek out your own experiences to write about.

    • Writing your Personal Statement

      In this activity we will go over the style and structure of a personal statement. We will use an example statement to enable you to think critically about what makes a personal statement strong.

  • Week 3

    Writing your personal statement

    • The Opening Paragraph

      It is time to start writing your personal statement. It is important to open with a strong first paragraph that grabs the reader's attention and clearly states your reason to study medicine.

    • Work Experience Paragraph

      Including work experience is key to demonstrating your suitability to medicine, however communicating what you have learnt from the experiences and their relevance is a skill that we will develop in this activity of the course.

    • Academic Interests and Key Attributes

      In this activity we will go over an important and often neglected component of a personal statement. Excelling in this section can help you stand apart from your competitors.

    • Conclusion and Final Tips

      In this last activity, we will develop the skills to construct a final paragraph that ties together your points and fully captures your desire to study medicine.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify what admissions tutors are looking for in a personal statement
  • Identify where to find work experience, volunteering and reading opportunities
  • Synthesise your experiences into succinct, highly persuasive paragraphs that demonstrate your journey into a medical career
  • Develop your personal statement paragraph by paragraph, using a highly successful formula
  • Improve your personal statement drafts to maximise your chances of gaining admission into medical school

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed for students in years 12 and 13 (lower sixth and upper sixth) - both in the UK and abroad - who are interested in applying to medical or dental school within the UK.

Who will you learn with?

I am a final year medical student studying at the University of Cambridge. I am passionate about developing high quality resources to help prospective medical students.

I study medicine at the University of Cambridge and hold a degree in Natural Sciences. My goal is to help aspiring medics achieve their goals through the delivery of high quality courses.

Who developed the course?

In2Med

In2Med is an online education platform, founded by medical students at the University of Cambridge, that helps you apply to and navigate through medical school. We have created online courses helping students apply to medical school, as well as covering the medical syllabus through a series of online modules.

Supporters

supported by

Accelerate Programme

supported by

Santander Universities

supported by

Hemraj Goyal Foundation

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Learn best practices from experts
  • Learn from the experience of other health professionals
  • Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access
  • Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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