Writing your personal statement Part 1: What are med school authorities looking for?

October 14, 2014

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Gap Medics students with hospital staff in Thailand Almost all candidates who apply for admission to any medical school would have met the school’s basic academic qualifying criteria. Unfortunately, even though you’ve made the grade, you should know that most medical schools find it impossible to grant interviews to all the thousands of applicants who qualify academically for admission to their institution. The only way to cut down the numbers is for the admissions authorities to use other criteria to choose students who they think would be more suitable than others. This is where your personal statement comes into play.   

Your personal statement is one of the most crucial elements of the medical school application process. It acts as the perfect medium to let the university get to know you better through your own words. For this to work in your favour, it is important that you create a personal statement that is compelling, impressive and piques the curiosity and interest of the interviewing board.

Before you start, consider the purpose of the statement. This will help you shape your statement more effectively.


The main goal of a med school personal statement is to convince the admissions authorities about your passion for medicine and your commitment and dedication to a career in this field.  


To be more specific, they are looking for answers to the following questions:



Part 2 will discuss the questions you need to ask yourself in addressing the points above.