Writing your personal statement Part 2: Questions to ask yourself & important do’s & don’ts

October 15, 2014

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Caitlin on placement in obstetrics and gynaecology Knowing what to write about can often be the most challenging part of writing your personal statement for medical school. What can you say that will help you stand out from amongst tens of thousands of candidates applying for one of those precious med school seats?

In Part 1 you read about what the admissions authorities will be looking for in your personal statement. This follow-up article addresses the questions you need to ask yourself that will help you get the thought process started.



If you have any gaps or discrepancies in your academic record this is a good time to explain it and let the authorities know about the obstacle or difficult circumstance that resulted in the discrepancy.

Remember, you do not have to provide answers to all of these questions. They just act as a good starting point. As you work on proofing, editing and tweaking your statement, you can start deleting the information that is a little more superfluous and only keep those details that make the greatest impact.


A few do’s & don’ts to keep in mind while writing your personal statement