Medify’s Top Seven Personal Statement Mistakes to Avoid

Personal Statement

2019-09-12

Are you writing your UCAS application personal statement? Want to know the most common mistakes made by a lot of Medical School applicants while writing their UCAS personal statement so you can avoid them? Then this blog post is especially for you.

Here we have collected seven of the most common mistakes applicants innocently, and not so innocently, make while writing there UCAS personal statement for their application to medical school. Have you unknowingly made any of these mistakes? Want to avoid them? Carry on reading…

The admissions tutors of your chosen medical school will have read hundreds if not thousands of personal statements, they know exactly what it is they want to see in a great personal statement. They seem to have a sixth sense for anything that is not quite right or will dismiss a particular personal statement if it is full of mistakes or has unwanted elements to it.

To submit the best UCAS personal statement possible AVOID:

Name Dropping:

No-one likes a show off. Including the name of someone or a particular place of past work experience cannot only seem arrogant but, due to it being totally unnecessary, it wastes your UCAS 4000 characters allowance. It is enough to mention the kind of hospital your work experience took place or the role of the person you wish to mention or if your placement was in somewhere abroad or unusual. But in general, name dropping can indicate a lack of confidence in your own abilities and achievements too, as you are attempting to draw the reader’s attention to the well known person or place instead of yourself. You are enough and you are great, let the admissions tutors know it through writing about yourself not the accomplishments of others.  

Boring Openers:

“We are all capable of being heroes...” “The world is built on science...” or “I have a vision…” Did these sentence openers get your full attention? Try to make the opening sentence to your introduction interesting and memorable. Avoid using the typical “I have always wanted to be a doctor from a very young age” type of statement, it has been done too many times it has become a cliche. Grab your reader’s attention as soon as they start reading and keep them interested. One way of doing this is by using a personal story connected to your inspiration and motivation for studying medicine; everyone loves a story.

Copying:

No matter what, you MUST AVOID plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only bad practice, it is a punishable offense that can destroy your hopes of ever entering medical school. You will be found out and it will be recorded by each medical school you apply to and UCAS itself. There is absolutely no need to copy your personal statement, if you are really struggling to write it, try our Personal Statement Course & Writer. We are experts in this particular field and will guide you through every aspect of the process.

Endless Listing:

If you want to keep your reader interested, avoid listing anything. Here at Medify we see many applicants listing their work placements and not fully using the opportunity to expand on these points. Writing about your work experience is perfect for showing the ability to self-reflect and demonstrate how you emphasis with patients. This is what the admissions tutors will be wanting to read about. If you do have a long list of work experience, academic achievements or skills, choose the best top two for each section and expand upon their relevance to the field of medicine.

Aiming for Perfection:

If you aim for perfection the first time, you will never start or finish your personal statement. We learn best from our mistakes, do not expect to write a personal statement and only do one draft of it. By the time of submission, you should have many different versions of your personal statement. Our PS Content Review service can help with deciding what version to submit as we give feedback on every aspect to help you submit the best draft possible.

Naivety:

“I want to be a doctor because I want to help people” is lovely and of course, true but it shows a certain level of naivety. Within your personal statement, you need to demonstrate a balanced understanding of the pressures, demands and issues faced by doctors and their duties as a doctor too. Doctors do more than just help people, they are expected to be involved with research, keep their skills, knowledge and qualifications up-to-date and work long unsociable hours just to name a few. Research the duties and demands of doctors and self-reflect upon these within your personal statement relating what you found to the lessons learned during your work experience. 

Embroidery:

Lying or even embroidering the truth can get you into serious trouble and really is not worth risking. Admissions tutors are well equipped at finding out the truth and will test you by asking an endless amount of questions on a subject they think could be a lie. If you are struggling to reach the 4000 characters allowance for your UCAS personal statement or to even think of what to include our Personal Statement Course & Writer will help with this. Within the course we will work through each section of what should be included and help you brainstorm ideas too.


If you are really struggling to even start writing your personal statement, give our Personal Statement Course & Writer a go. It includes advice, examples and tutorials with an integrated review of personal statement created on our PS Writer. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious right now? Please don’t worry, head over to our Personal Statement Course & Writer and we’ll get you signed up in a matter of seconds, to guide you through this whole process step-by-step. Or send us your personal statement for reviewing here and we will help ease the stress of the UCAS application process. We have been lending a successful helping hand since 2009, Medify’s here to support you, just reach out to us.

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