Personal Statement: Introduction

Tamsin Dyer

Tamsin Dyer

Senior Writer at Medic Mind

Starting your personal statement off is often one of the hardest parts of writing your personal statement. You may have already got the body of your text written, but it’s that tricky opener that many students struggle with. That’s why we have listed our top tips below:

1. Why are you interested in medicine?   

It is important to start with what has drawn you to medicine or science. After all, that is the main focus of your whole personal statement. 

2. Focus on why medicine as a degree or profession? 

Think about why you want to do medicine. Not what interests you, but why do you want to do it? Is it the rewarding career? Is it the academic challenge? It is important not to focus on your skills or activities at this point, as that comes into the main body of your personal statement. 

3. Writing Style  

This has to be captivating and engaging. Remember you want to grip the reader immediately. Think of the admissions staff reading your personal statement, they have probably at this point read hundreds, so you need to make it interesting and engaging to keep their attention and separate yours from every other applicants. 

4. Give examples   

If it was science for example that sparked your interest in medicine give an example of what it was. Such as: “From an early age I have been fascinated by the workings of life. The human body is a remarkable machine with many diverse systems producing an organism that could never be artificially reproduced”. This is much more insightful that just saying “I have always been interested in the workings of the human body”.

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