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What is the best way to start my personal statement, I was thinking of using a quote, but I don't know if that is too unoriginal or cliche. I really want to make my personal statement stand out and make it unique. Could you also advise me on how to structure my personal statement to efficiently use the allocated word count. I am also aiming for Cambridge university as my aspiration as University
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What is the best way to start my personal statement, I was thinking of using a quote, but I don't know if that is too unoriginal or cliche. I really want to make my personal statement stand out and make it unique. Could you also advise me on how to structure my personal statement to efficiently use the allocated word count. I am also aiming for Cambridge university as my aspiration as University
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Don't use a quote. You need to use that word count for your own words, not someone else's.
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Short,sweet and powerful summary of why you want to study medicine
check some out here but be warned some are absolutely atrocious here
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...nal-statements
this from oxford medicine example ps
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Choosing to study medicine is not a decision I have taken lightly. It isn't a career I have wanted to do since a particularly young age, nor did a life changing event prompt my choice. I have thought very long and hard before deciding to apply.
Admissions tutors may be sceptical of exaggerated descriptions of a revelatory moment or lifelong desire to become a doctor."
My own one was similar to the one above- dont go for the classic cliche i always wanted to be a doctor because science fascinates me and i like helping people.
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What is the best way to start my personal statement, I was thinking of using a quote, but I don't know if that is too unoriginal or cliche. I really want to make my personal statement stand out and make it unique. Could you also advise me on how to structure my personal statement to efficiently use the allocated word count. I am also aiming for Cambridge university as my aspiration as University
Thank you very much
Start of with your personal circumstances. Why is medicine your preferred choice? Pretend it's like an essay, meaning start with a very broad statement and work your way down to more detail.
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Think about why you want to do Medicine - not as a degree but as a career - and when you actually realised that was what you wanted to do - why/when/what was that moment. In two sentences, that is your opening section.
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Don't ramble or waste the words unnecessarily on quotes. Let it be short, to the point yet demonstrating your passion for the subject. I personally started with a few lines about what is required in medicine and how I have demonstrated that I have those skills.
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I have completed mine - would you like to read it?
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(Original post by reality check)
don't use a quote. You need to use that word count for your own words, not someone else's.
i strongly agree with you.
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I have completed mine - would you like to read it?
Dont post your ps until the end of this ucas cycle just to be safe, that is, till results day
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I have completed mine - would you like to read it?
NEVER share your PS!

Any sharing, here or anywhere else, means anyone can copy your PS.
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Dont post your ps until the end of this ucas cycle just to be safe, that is, till results day
(Original post by returnmigrant)
NEVER share your PS!

Any sharing, here or anywhere else, means anyone can copy your PS.
Thanks for your advice guys, I was just joking around
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The advise that I got a few years from a junior doctor was to think of all of the aspects that make a doctor great. Think about compassion, empathy, leadership, teamwork, communication etc. then you want to cover all of those points in your PS. For example: "whilst on an work experience programme in hospital 'x', i learnt how important communication is in making the patient feel comfortable as doctors calmly explained their plan of treatment to them and their families."

In terms of standing out and uniqueness. Your experiences will drive your application for medicine. Applying for Cambridge, you must have done quite a lot of work experience programmes and long-term voluntary positions. Your reasons for choosing hospital 'a' over 'b' ward 'c' over 'd' will make the difference when someone is reading it - this will make you stand out - if your reasons are solid, consistent and meaningful. For example (my personal motivations): "I wanted to understand the differences between a civilian surgeon and a military surgeon. I have had a major interest in joining the Army since a young child. I attended a 5 day work experience programme at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham as they used to be the major trauma centre for military personnel in the Midlands, for which they still hold a tri-service presence today. I decided to focus my experience on the Trauma & Orthopaedics theatres as I believe that through this observation experience I could better understand the role of surgeons and surgical support staff in field hospitals and get a first hand perspective of the role and responsibilities of this career etc."
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(Original post by JamesElliman1993)
The advise that I got a few years from a junior doctor was to think of all of the aspects that make a doctor great. Think about compassion, empathy, leadership, teamwork, communication etc. then you want to cover all of those points in your PS. For example: "whilst on an work experience programme in hospital 'x', i learnt how important communication is in making the patient feel comfortable as doctors calmly explained their plan of treatment to them and their families."

In terms of standing out and uniqueness. Your experiences will drive your application for medicine. Applying for Cambridge, you must have done quite a lot of work experience programmes and long-term voluntary positions. Your reasons for choosing hospital 'a' over 'b' ward 'c' over 'd' will make the difference when someone is reading it - this will make you stand out - if your reasons are solid, consistent and meaningful. For example (my personal motivations): "removed"
Have to disagree to an extent. Naming hospitals is not necessary - yes, some are more "prestigious" than others but for 6th form work experience this doesn't matter in the slightest, as geography, contacts and finances mean that not everyone has the same opportunities to go to a famous name place, so it would be unfair for med schools to discriminate on that basis.

Would also recommend you don't post large chunks of your PS on here. And I could slash the word count on that piece hugely!
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Given the sheer number of medical applications universities receive, I highly doubt they commonly come across a personal statement that is truly "unique". The most important thing is to justify your application with the use of practical experience and be honest as why you're deciding on becoming a medic. If your reasons are appropriate then you should be fine. I find people spend so much time trying turn their statements "unique" by all sorts of weird and wonderful methods. In reality, the real uniqueness of your personal statement can come from the fact your life experiences are most probably the most unique thing about you and from my experience, that is usually not utilised as best it can be when it comes to writing a personal statement etc. I remember when I had started my personal statement for university, I had started much later than everyone else who had spends literally days on it, I sat down for about 2 hours and after having wrote what I thought was a 'cheesy' description of my life experience and reasons for my application, I was surprised with how impressed the head of my course was with it. His words were ' If I was deciding who to interview, I would definitely offer you an interview". Don't underestimate the power of self reflection. Self reflect as to why you truly want to do something and you can be left surprised with the outcome.
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. Applying for Cambridge, you must have done quite a lot of work experience programmes and long-term voluntary positions. ."
I disagree with this. If anything, it is Cambridge University that wouldn't be too fussed about a lack of work experience and/or voluntary placements in comparison to other universities.
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I disagree with this. If anything, it is Cambridge University that wouldn't be too fussed about a lack of work experience and/or voluntary placements in comparison to other universities.
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Second this, I got an interview at Cambridge for Medicine with 0 Work experience and volunteering. Yes, absolutley nothing. Do I recommend it? Hell no but for Oxbridge, it doesn't really matter much as they are more sticklers for academia
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What is the best way to start my personal statement, I was thinking of using a quote, but I don't know if that is too unoriginal or cliche. I really want to make my personal statement stand out and make it unique. Could you also advise me on how to structure my personal statement to efficiently use the allocated word count. I am also aiming for Cambridge university as my aspiration as University
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I started my personal statement with the reasons of why I want to become a doctor
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I have completed mine - would you like to read it?
yes please
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yes please
I was joking bro...
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