Medicine Personal Statement
I have always had a very philanthropic approach to life. Living with my one hundred year old grandfather has allowed me to appreciate the frailties of the human body.
When he had prostatitis, I went with him to hospital where he was taken to the geriatrics ward. This experience provided me with a valuable insight into care of the elderly at a professional level. From this experience, I discovered that a career in medicine could be very rewarding.
Being a naturally compassionate person, I take great pleasure in serving my local community. I participated in an NHS scheme to provide free health-care and advice to the elderly in my area.
Living in such a diverse community, I was able to utilise my ability to speak both fluent English and Punjabi by relaying requests and advice by the doctors to the elderly.
As a result, my communication skills between the doctors and patients were developed. This event gave me an opportunity to observe and speak to the doctors regarding a medical career.
The annual ‘old people’s party’ at my school aims to provide the elderly with an enjoyable day out where they can socialise with each other and students from the school.
I have been consistently helping to run this event successfully for the last few years. My desire to contribute to society, particularly the older generation, stems from my years of care for my grandfather.
I volunteered at a primary school where, for the past year, I have been working alongside the teachers, to aid the development of the children through active learning. A different approach was required to interact with the children than with the elderly.
This required me to adapt to my situation both quickly and effectively. With my desire to actively help people, all my experiences have made me even more determined to accomplish my ambition to become a doctor.
My aspiration for a medical degree can be seen from my love of science, which is reflected in my choice of A-levels.
Good time management skills, self-motivation and ability to cope under pressure are essential for success in these subjects.
Maths and physics has improved my problem solving and critical thinking skills, allowing me to apply what I have learnt to everyday situations.
Chemistry and biology have furthered my interests in medicine and helped me to improve my analytical skills. The qualities acquired from studying these subjects, I believe, are crucial for any good doctor.
My academic ability has been recognised as I have twice received Slough Grammar’s most prestigious award at their annual prize giving ceremony.
This is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievements throughout the school year, thereby showing my consistency through a mature approach to my studies.
I am attending a course on how to understand and translate Sikh scriptures, requiring patience as well as an open mind, due to the extreme complexity of the literature.
The local Scout group is where I have been able to learn, apply and practise numerous skills and attributes, which I feel, would be invaluable to become a successful medical student.
Teamwork has always been emphasised by my leaders. This is tested on survival courses where our communication, motivational and leadership skills are needed to successfully complete the expeditions.
Away from physical activities, keeping the mind exercised is important. I regularly play with a team, winning several team tournaments.
Playing chess has improved my power of concentration, allowing me to stay focused on a task over a sustained period. This is essential in a medical degree as mistakes cannot be made when diagnosing or treating patients.
As there is a great deal of human interaction between doctors and patients, good communication skills are essential.
My work experience in a clothes store in the summer gave me a chance to interact with customers and improve upon my interaction skills.
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award has given me an opportunity to use skills learnt from 8 years of scouting, including numerous first aid courses. I am one year into the award and hopeful of completing it within the next two years.
The road to becoming a practicing doctor is a long and very demanding one but I believe I have the motivation, commitment and ability to succeed.
Acquiring various skills through numerous activities, I feel that I will be more than capable of contributing both academically and physically to the medicine course at to a higher education institute.
This personal statement was written by Jeevster for application in 2004.
I am finding it very hard to cut down to get it to fit on my ucas form. I could really use some suggestions on how to make it spark a bit more or show my real desire to do the course. Should I reduce the size/emphasis of my out of school activities? Do I need to use more medical terms and describe more of what I learnt from my grandfather in hospital? HELP!
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