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    Hi I would like some help with my personal statement for medicine as I feel like I haven't got enough to say I would like to mention some content I have read or watched that has inspired me to study medicine.
    Is there any books which are good to read or documentaries I could watch and talk about?
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    Hi I would like some help with my personal statement for medicine as I feel like I haven't got enough to say I would like to mention some content I have read or watched that has inspired me to study medicine.
    Is there any books which are good to read or documentaries I could watch and talk about?
    Thank you
    Unless it TRULY inspired you, I wouldn't mention it at all (so in your case, i wouldn't mention it), and even if you did mention a book or documentary, I wouldn't write more than like 1 sentence on it...

    But I don't understand how you're lacking enough content for your personal statement... Generally everyone find it diffiuclt to cut down! Unlesss you absolutely have done nothing other than loaf around, no interest or real reason for studying medicine, you should be able to fill your personal statement without needing to mention a book that is irrelevant to you
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    (Original post by buzzzcxt)
    Hi I would like some help with my personal statement for medicine as I feel like I haven't got enough to say I would like to mention some content I have read or watched that has inspired me to study medicine.
    Is there any books which are good to read or documentaries I could watch and talk about?
    Thank you
    I wouldn't really talk much about books and documentaries unless you are lacking other forms of career exploration such as work exp and volunteering.
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    Quite frankly, I feel that this would be a waste of characters BUT if you can justify it being there then go ahead.
    Write about your interests in medicine, hobbies and work experience. Make sure you expand on the work experience segment and explain what you learnt from it that is relatable to medicine, and not just what you did.
    Remember it's not what you did in work experience that is important but rather the experience of it.
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    Note that if you're mentioning a book you've read earlier this year - your personal statement is going to be used at an interview next year. The person interviewing you might have read that book earlier that week, know the area, know the author or (famously) be the author. So it's probably best not to mention anything like that unless you've gonna re-read it later - a lot of effort!
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    (Original post by buzzzcxt)
    Hi I would like some help with my personal statement for medicine as I feel like I haven't got enough to say I would like to mention some content I have read or watched that has inspired me to study medicine.
    Is there any books which are good to read or documentaries I could watch and talk about?
    Thank you
    Hey there

    We've got some good suggestions! Check out Richard Lehman's weekly review on the BMJ blogs section. It's a weekly summary of the latest medical research, written in a funny and insightful way. It's a great introduction to scientific journals and writing. Interestingly, it appears as though he's written the last review at the end of July - so it's not entirely up to date, but will still be a great read!

    You can also check out this Medicine reading list that was suggested to us by one of our tutors:
    Good reads: a Medicine reading list

    Have you also watched the Louis Theroux docs that recently were on BBC? The first one is called Drinking to Oblivion and is about London hospitals and people suffering from alcohol addiction.

    Hope you find the above suggestions useful and enjoyable!

    The Medic Portal
 
 
 
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