If I’d have had this book four years ago, my life would have been so much easier! Writing your personal statement is something that generally fills every prospective university student with dread, so magnify that dread if you’re applying for Medicine.
This book, written by experts in communication and medical recruitment (so they should know) is aimed at potential Medicine applicants, and takes you through the whole process from start to finish with ease. No dread required. They simplify the whole process by breaking it down into sections that can be tackled in a more manageable way under headings; such as why you want to study medicine, work experience and voluntary work, other achievements and then a closing statement. Simple!
The authors offer clear advice on what admission tutors are looking for and on what you should include as well as discussing the variety of experiences that can be included in the fearful work experience section. They even discuss the use of ‘power’ words; words used to emphasise the eagerness of the applicant to get involved and learn as opposed to ‘passive’ words.
The winning aspect of this book is the fact it includes over 100 real personal statements of successful Medicine applicants. Fifteen have been critiqued to allow the reader to be able to see how they could be improved; whilst the remaining are from both A-level and graduate applicants. There is even advice for those applicants looking at Oxbridge and how to specifically tailor your personal statement accordingly.
This book is really well written with easy to navigate sections, it’s as though the authors are just sat in a room with you offering their advice. It’s written in a really informal but comforting style, and the information they provide is clear, concise and practical. There is now no reason for anyone to be fearful of writing their personal statement, and there is no reason why the advice given can’t be transferred across for personal statements for allied healthcare professions.