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How to write a medical school personal statement

When it comes to a personal statement for a medical school or nursing programme, the questions are often very open-ended whilst other aspects of the application tend to ask for specifics about past activities and experiences.

Here are some common examples of topics for a medical school personal statement or a nursing school programme personal statement:

  • How have you endured adversity?
  • How can you fulfil the role of a diversity applicant?
  • How have you matured?
  • What have you learned from a mentor in your life?
  • What event or issue has held importance or value for you and why?
  • What are you passionate about and why?
  • How have you used any leadership skills to handle a problem or issue in your life?
  • What coursework, experiences, or research related to the medical or healthcare profession has motivated you and why?
  • What was the most important course or professor that has influenced you and why?
  • What personal skills, hobbies, or activities can make you an asset to the medical community and why?
  • What pivotal experiences or life events have influenced you to pursue a medical or nursing career?
  • How has helping the community or volunteering been an important part of your life and what experience in particular has motivated you?