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Medicine Personal Statement Example

Medicine offers me the opportunity to make a significant difference to people’s health, higher intellectual stimulation and continuous challenge I desire in a career. I enjoy working within a team of professionals, while taking responsibility in personal actions. Becoming a doctor has been a lifelong ambition; therefore I have been committed to carving this path with a range of experiences within the field.

Experience across a broad spectrum of healthcare environment has confirmed medicine is my vocation. My first day as a volunteer at St Mary’s Hospital, London, was on the 7/7 London Bombings 2005. I was responsible for helping to maintain a sense of ordinary routine, during a time of confusion and turmoil. I was inspired by the efficiency, professionalism and empathy of the healthcare team in dealing with a high profile traumatic event. I have the natural ability to treat patients with compassion and sensitivity, essential in dealing with a wide range of expectations, emotions and cultural differences.

As a Community First Responder and Training Manager of St John’s Ambulance, I am qualified to attend emergency calls and provide essential care until the ambulance arrives. I have assisted people who have experienced strokes, diabetes and seizures. I have intervened with CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator, and treatment of trauma wounds and injuries. Managing these situations requires a deeper level of medical knowledge, processes and diagnostic skills. With an understanding of causes and symptoms, I am able to effectively problem solve quickly with assurance. Training new responders in a variety of procedures allows me to effectively lead a team with clarity, structure and confidence.

Volunteering at UCL Hospital, I observed doctors on the hyper-acute stroke unit, short stay units and surgical departments. I was responsible for conversing with patients and providing comfort. Doctor-patient relations are essential for morale and alleviating anxieties. St John’s Hospice has demonstrated that palliative care and empathy is important for people with degenerative diseases. Witnessing illnesses such as dementia and Multiple Sclerosis has prompted further understanding of such debilitating conditions. My long term placement at Royal Free Hospital on elderly wards reinforced how excellent communication skills, patience and respect are important in patient care and recovery.

My natural curiosity of the human form, health and restoration is reflected in my commitment to further understand medical innovations. Taster courses and ‘Science in Action’ lectures hosted by Kings College provided a wider understanding of the sciences and healing arts. I believe medical professionals should endeavour to be fully informed with independent learning. The New Scientists and The New England Journal of Medicine keeps me informed on a range of new developments, perspectives and issues the health industry faces. As a member of United Nations Associations of Kingston University, I regularly take part in debates, allowing me to consider and critically analyse other perspectives. This vast array of experiences, learning and passion for science, has allowed me to deliver university presentations on various diseases.

My broadly based biomedical degree has been academically challenging and fulfilling. I have learnt a great deal and have been able to enhance my personal, academic and social skills. Researching and reading widely, giving demonstrations, group projects and writing scientific essays, has taught me how to be selective from a huge amount of scientific literature available. In particularly find Haematology and biology of disease very engaging.

I believe my determination, dedication and energy, alongside my experience and passion in the field of medicine, is a strong base to build a career as a doctor. I wish to develop my scientific, diagnostic and treatment skills to become a successful oncologist or infectious disease specialist.