When applying to study Medicine, you must include a short piece of writing with your UCAS application. The aim of your medical personal statement is to persuade whoever reads it that you are a great candidate to study Medicine. In this post I’ll be sharing the writing technique I used to stand out from the competition and secure 4 interviews for medicine.
I used this approach to boost my medical personal statement and stand out in my interviews as well.
What did I do?
I started with WHY then REFLECTED
WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.
REFLECT is carefully thinking about what you learned from the experience.
For example, when describing your experience, academics or anything, start by mentioning what generally inspires you, tie that into your experience then reflect. I’ll give an example, compare the two statements:
“I spent the last 4 months shadowing my local GP. It was amazing because I got to see firsthand what life as a GP entails and the challenges they faced, the entire experience has motivated me to pursue a career in Medicine”
“I’ve always been fascinated by the work of a GP, I think my fascination stems from understanding the pressure put on the NHS and how significant the work of a GP is in relieving that pressure. To explore this more I took up a 4 month placement shadowing my local GP. It was amazing as I got to see first hand what life as a GP entails. I remember last month there was a huge surge in common cold & fever cases, It was a eye opener, seeing the level of teamwork and commitment from the entire GP practice, despite the overwhelming pressure.”
Second statement is better right?
Like the first statement, most medical and dental applicants only focus on WHAT they do.
However, in order to BEAT THE COMPETITION I recommend including WHY and REFLECT like the second statement.
This will really capture the admission tutor’s attention and stand you out from the herd.
I recommend you give it a go by telling your story (i.e Why you want to study Medicine or Dentistry) using the WHY and REFLECT technique, either by writing it down or telling others. Try keeping it to around 200 words.
The technique is based on the motivational TEDTalk video I watched from Simon Sinek, author of best selling book START WITH WHY, he explains the START WITH WHY concept and how it differentiates great leaders. It has already reached over 4 million views on YouTube at the time of writing this article. Watch it below: