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Personal Statement Basics

Welcome to Personal Statement Basics - Lesson 3 of the Medicine Personal Statement online crash course!

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The best personal statement crash course for students applying to medical school, created by students at the University of Cambridge. Now available as a 9-lesson online course with videos, booklets and tonnes of examples.

Syllabus

Section 1: Understand How to Write a Top Personal Statement

Lesson 1 - Choosing to Study Medicine

Gain an insight into the qualities needed as a doctor and the challenges that face you in a medical career.

Lesson 2 - The Application Process to Medical School

We show you a way of structuring your time to accomplish all of the subsections of the application to a high standard.

Lesson 3 - Personal Statement Basics

We help you understand what universities are looking for and how you can use your experiences to show these qualities.

Section 2: Preparing to Write the Personal Statement

Lesson 4 - Gathering Experience

We show you where to find work experience, volunteering and reading and most importantly teach you a method of how to write about it in your personal statement

Lesson 5 - Writing your Personal Statement

We explain how to structure of a personal statement. We use an example statement and analyse it in detail to enable you to think critically.

Section 3: Writing your best Personal Statement

Lesson 6 - 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.

Lesson 7 - 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.

Lesson 8 - 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.

Lesson 9 - 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.

Get Access to the Full Course

The best personal statement crash course for students applying to medical school, created by students at the University of Cambridge. Now available as a 9-lesson online course with videos, booklets and tonnes of examples.