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PERSONAL STATEMENT.

Being two of the most prestigious universities in the world, and having many applicants who surpass their requirements you may want to consider a few pointers to help you stand out in your Oxbridge application.

Talk about the subject


Be passionate. A requirement not often mentioned in guidelines for Oxbridge applications but which is of just as much importance is genuine interest and love for the subject you desire to study. Try to illustrate this in your personal statement not just through your achievements but also through actually talking about the subject Tutors will expect you to have followed up on your interest in your subject throughextracurricular activities and having read around the subject. Make sure to mention what youve read and done and talk a bit about them to show that you really know what youre talking about. Remember the way to show genuine interest is not to tell them 'Ive read X and Ive done Y' but to make it implicit from what youre saying. Talking ABOUT the content of what youve done or read as opposed to mentioning it in a sentence is a far better way of doing this. Express your opinions, feel free to criticise or state your point of view on anything related to the subject as it will show analytical skills which is what the admissions tutors will be looking for Be honest. Dont lie about having read books that you havent or being interested in things you arent as you may get caught out at the interview stage. Most admissions tutors are looking for potential as opposed to prior knowledge so try not to make stuff up. In the past people whove gotten in have quoted from the likes of Harry Potter or nursery rhymes; which if done well, comes across just as well (if not slightly cooler) than quoting from a well known academic. If you do choose to use a famous quote or talk about a well known book then try to say something different!

Talk about yourself


Many applicants will have the required grades and so admissions tutors will be looking forthe whole package. This means theyll be interested in all the activities youve taken part in outside of school and what you can bring to the college as a whole, so dont be afraid to talk about these. Make them want to meet you! Oxford and Cambridge place a great deal of importance on the interviews so to make sure you get selected for one, try to show the real you in your statement. It shouldnt just be a list of your achievements (though Im sure for some of you this could fill the entire word count). Whilst what youve done may be impressive, giving them a feel for your real interest and ideas will make them want to meet you and talk about these in an interview

Be original
Try not to be clichd and just tell them you read magazines like the Economist, as theyll already be rolling their eyes as they read it. Talk instead about an article you found particularly interesting or your opinions on that newspaper to make you stand out from the crowd and show you have something to say. A strong opening is vital. This may seem pretty obvious but far too many people start their statement with a line about how theyve recently become interested in the subject theyve chosen to study. Think of different ways to start, perhaps with a quote or a story or talking about an article youve read, again remember not to go for overused quotes or stories again. Dont necessarily stick to the standard format for personal statements. Whilst its important to include all the necessary information about your subject and yourself if you can think of a different way to present it then dont be afraid to go for it

DENTISTRY SAMPLE PERSONAL STATEMENTS. SAMPLE 1 I am fascinated with dentistry because I love to network and build computers.
If I spoke these words aloud, many people would scratch their heads and appear confused. At first glance, this statement appears absurd. On a closer look, however, it makes perfect sense. When I work on computers, I must operate within a tiny space inside a computer cache, taking extreme care to avoid damaging the delicate equipment. As a dentist, I will also perform my duties within the smallest of spaces, using tiny instruments on fragile surfaces. Of course, there is a crucial distinction between building a computer and providing dental care. While both fields allow me to employ my manual skills, only one has the significant interpersonal component that I seek in a career. While I am grateful to the computer technician who corrects glitches in my operating system, I have far more gratitude to the orthodontist who straightened my teeth as a child. To glimpse the daily duties of a dentist, I spent this summer actively acquiring work experience in several branches of dentistry. For one month, I shadowed two dentists in general practice, both offering NHS and private treatment. I learnt to make dentures by working with my orthodontist for two weeks and spent several days observing activity at Orpington's Oral and Maxillofacial department. I also attended dental lectures in a Medisix course held at Nottingham University. These experiences further convinced me that dentistry is the profession that correctly combines my mechanical aptitude with my desire for interpersonal interaction. Observing each dentist, I concluded that a common thread of skills united them all, regardless of their speciality: each dentist worked well on a team, exercised strong leadership skills and possessed the ability to communicate clearly and precisely.

Through my volunteer activities, I have learned to connect with people from a variety of ages and social backgrounds. Volunteering at a primary school, I used a soothing tone and simple vocabulary to put children at ease. While working at a home for disabled adults, I learned to gauge the emotional state of each resident and tailor my conversational style and content appropriately. For example, I discovered that thorough explanations often quelled the anxiety of those who appeared nervous about a medical or personal situation. Having attained three gold certificates in the National Mathematics Challenge, I have the academic mettle to handle this demanding course. I also possess the flexible mind required to adapt to new advances in the field. Whether earning a bronze medal in a national competition as a brown belt in karate or playing cricket for my sports team, I have readily embraced and excelled at new challenges. Discussions with undergraduate dental students have only reinforced my decision to pursue dentistry. I embrace the opportunity to put my communication, academic and mechanical skills to use as I work to maintain the oral health of my patients.

SAMPLE 2

Personal Statement I have always wanted to be a dentist since I was little this is why I chose to do my GCSE work experience at a single handed dental practice for two weeks to experience what life as a dentist would entail Whilst at the practice I observed how a single handed NHS surgery runs and saw how the dentist interacts with the patients. During the summer break after my AS exams I spent two weeks in a corporate practice while they were switching from the NHS to private dental care. Whilst at the corporate clinic I was able to observe a wide range of dentists and realized how different dentists can be, during this time I also worked as a receptionist which gave a different perspective onto dentistry as I had to deal with many situations such as ringing the technicians looking for a set of dentures or arranging appointments for a family of 5 to be as close together as possible on a busy day This enabled me to see the full extent of the work needed to run a dental practice and also enhanced my people skills. Also at this time due to the switch from the NHS to a private "Denplan" scheme, it showed me the moral grounds for changing and how some patients benefited from the switch whilst some did not I have always found great pleasure in helping others I found this trait of myself whilst I cared for an elderly person named Bert Palmer for the past seven years. This enabled me to see the pleasure you can bring to someone else and enriched my life. This therefore further drove me towards dentistry as my profession of choice Dentistry became so appealing to me at an early age as my sister qualified from Cardiff University as a dentist. I was able to see what a dentists life consisted of and how it helped other people this appealed to me tremendously and since then have wanted to practice myself Dentistry involves dealing with people in a professional manner and keeping them calm when they are distressed I feel I could be very good at this because of my ability to empathize with people, I developed this skill whilst on a 3 day course in peer mentoring which involved dealing with distressed people and looking at other peoples body language and our own

I have learnt how to prioritize and manage a larger workload throughout this year along with developing my self-discipline and organizational skills. My main interests are music and sport. I listen to music in order to relax and allow time to deliberate this allows me to get a sense of perspective on what events have occurred during the day. I play badminton, basketball, table tennis, football and have recently taken up tennis. Playing sport allows me to get out my competitive edge in a healthy way and helps promote team play and the ability to handle pressure Looking to the future I would love to own my own practice. The ability to help people in need is the most appealing aspect though and becoming a dentist would provide me with tremendous job satisfaction.

SAMPLE 3
From a very early age dentistry has always had a strong impact on me, both in terms of being mentally challenging and also as a 'hand-on ' profession. This has now become even more so due to my older sister currently working as a general dental practitioner having graduated from Cardiff University I have always enjoyed helping and caring for others and also have for the last six years been caring for our elderly 85 year old neighbor This apportunity has helped me to realize the great satisfaction that could be achieved whilst working within the caring profession Due to my very keen interest in dentistry I specifically chose to study Biology and Chemistry at advanced level. I also decided early on that I would carry out my GCSC work experience within a local Dental practice for a period of two weeks. This dental surgery was a NHS single-handed practice and helped me to understand various aspects of working within a busy surgery. During my GCSC year I had successfully completed Peer Mentoring course, which helped to deal with stressed individuals by empathy and understanding their problems and aspirations Following on from this, after my AS exams I once again spent two weeks gaining experience this time within a larger co-operate practice in Chepstow. During that period I under took various functions including working within the reception area, booking appointments, using their newly computerized systems and observing various dentists at work. I found that this provided me with a further insight into day-to-day dental management My hobbies and interests include listening to music and playing sport I play Badminton, Basketball, Table tennis, and Football and have also recently taken up Tennis. Playing both individual games and team sports has helped me to work well on my own, developed a positive mental attitude and also to work well as part of a team Looking to the future, I would appreciate the opportunity to fulfill my ambition of working within the dentistry profession. I feel I have a strong desire, good communication skills and the commitment to undertake the study of dentistry.

SAMPLE 4
became interested in dentistry because I have always wanted to be involved in a profession where I am helping people and I am very interested in the human biology. I want to study dentistry over the obvious choice of medicine because as a doctor you are constantly passing a patient along a chain of other doctors, whereas a

dentist can treat a patient straight after diagnosing a problem. Also I like that a patient will be your patient for quite some time, building a good relationships with that person When choosing my AS level subjects initially I wasn't certain of the course I would take at university, this is the reason I do not have chemistry already. However when it became apparent to me that dentistry was the course for me, I decided to drop PE and take chemistry as an AS level, while carrying on my other subjects at A2 level. I hope this demonstrates my dedication to get onto this course The hard work I put into my AS levels paid off and I feel I can repeat the success for both my A2 levels and the chemistry AS level, as do my teachers who have predicted the same. I have always enjoyed the rewards of education, and I intend to carry on this through and beyond university, specialising in a field as orthodontics or dental implants. Aside from academic achievement I feel there are a number of other things I can bring to the course. I have always been a hands on person, and I find any thing with practical work rewarding. I got an A in GCSE art and I feel that creativity and hand eye co-ordination is essential in dentistry. I did hold a part-time job as a sales assistant, which meant that I had to put agitated customers at ease and had to work to deadlines set by the manager. The reason I am no longer in the job is because I feel my education takes priority over part-time work and so I left to concentrate on my AS levels. I now referee children's games at weekends, this has helped me develop the ability to calm children down whilst getting them to follow my instructions. I have always been 'good with children', and I think refereeing has helped me relate to them further, this is one reason I would like to specialise in orthodontics My work experience took place at Cambray Dental Cheltenham, which I found helped me greatly in choosing my course. I found out that as a dentist you have to deal with patients from all walks of life, which I would find very interesting. I saw many treatments from a simple filling to implants which helped me see the work that I would be doing from day to day, and the responsibilities that would be placed upon me, which I feel suit me very well. From talking with the dentists I found out it is a very stressful profession and that some patients are very difficult to deal with. However I have always been very good at dealing with stress, and past experience shows I could help the most agitated patients I am a keen sportsman, I have colours for the school football team, I play for a team outside school, I am a part of the school table tennis club, and play many other sports for leisure. Music is also a big part of my life, I listen to all types of music, from rock to soul music, which I find helps me to relax. My other hobbies include films (anything from comedy to thrillers), reading (crime and sports books) and socialising with friends In short I feel that dentistry is a course suited very well to me, and that I can be an asset to the dental profession.

SAMPLE 5
My initial exposure to taking dentistry as a prospective career path came on a family holiday to India, where I resided with my cousin who is a self-employed practising dentist. Here I learnt the real extent to which dentistry is a career, which can truly improve the quality of people's lives. Furthermore, I witnessed the close relationships that a dentist creates with his patients, and I therefore find the

combination of meeting and working with new people and diagnosis very stimulating. Dentistry is also a career which allows a great deal of scientific application along with patient care and allows me to make use of my manual skills. In addition, I believe that dentistry is an ever expanding sector which provides endless opportunities for further study and specialisation, whilst at the same time providing a secure, fulfilling and worthwhile career My decision to read dentistry was reinforced by my work experience at Priory Dental Practice and Clive Harris and Associates Dental Health On this, I witnessed a number of complex procedures such as tooth crowning, dental implants, tooth bleaching and endodontic procedures At their in house dental laboratory I witnessed the construction of bridges, veneers, crowns and moulded dentures and even had the opportunity to take impressions of a set of teeth. This experience showed me that dentistry is a multi-faceted career and success is highly dependant on good dentist-patient interactions and mutual understanding between both parties, along with collaborations with other staff allowing for the most efficient and effective administration of treatments. I believe that a dentist needs to be at the same time; a highly skilled physician, a psychologist, a business manager, but above all a leader and communicator. Therefore studying Economics at AS-level has given me an insight into the economic and business practicalities of running a dental practice Away from academia, I believe that I have fulfilled my potential in many areas of school life and beyond, I have represented numerous sports teams; including rugby and athletics teams, specialising in the shot put, this has obviously taught and increased my confidence, communication and teamwork skills, which has led to many successes in the sports arena and beyond. Although, my greatest passion is Badminton which has immensely improved my hand to eye co-ordination and reflexes, I have represented the City of Birmingham badminton squad since the age of 13, and am continually motivated to attend training sessions, with the ultimate goal of achieving county status At the moment, I am about to commence a training process, which will eventually see me befriending terminally ill children at Acorns Children's Hospice. I am looking forward to the challenge of this difficult, yet mentally strengthening role. I believe that I will learn important lessons and will gain much from the experience. I have also recently completed an emergence first aid course, which provided in-depth knowledge of common medical emergencies I am a senior prefect within the school community, a position of great responsibility, which involves working with the staff of the school to help with its smooth running. Duties have included assisting at important days for the school such as open days and the eleven plus entrance exam. The role has also required a time commitment during the school day and beyond. I was also elected a sports prefect for Year 7, with the emphasis being placed on participation in school and housing activities, and to create better relationships with members of upper school. I have also sat as a representative on the sixth form council as well as chairman for the form council I believe I have an eagerness to meet the challenges I know dentistry will present. I am enthusiastic, excited and motivated, and armed with enough compassion and confidence to enter the world of dentistry. And believe it will allow me to make a thorough contribution to my social and academic life as a student of dentistry.

SAMPLE 6
I am very committed to follow the career path to become a dentist. I have been inspired by an Aunt who is a dentist and has made me realise that it is a demanding occupation however this has done little to sway my enthusiasm. I am a very dedicated, driven, passionate, caring person. I enjoy working with people and being able to help others The subjects I am currently studying are Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. I feel that this broad subject combination would be useful for Dentistry, as it would provide a good command of the Dental discipline and also good communication skills for understanding and dealing with patients. I particularly enjoy the practical side to my chemistry lessons I have worked at three different Dental practices. These experiences have proven to be very informative and have reinforced that Dentistry is definitely the profession for me, heightening my enthusiasm. The work is very dynamic and challenging and involves interacting with many different types of people. At one of the practices I was given the opportunity to shadow an Orthodontist. This has made me very keen to learn more about the various specialist fields available in Dentistry. There are numerous technical procedures to reinsure patients, which will require me to use my range of peoples skills I have been fortunate enough to be involved with two voluntary organisations. For the past four years I have helped out with the Secret Santa Scheme during the Christmas period. This has involved me helping out on a store, promoting the scheme and encouraging people to contribute. Currently I am also working as a volunteer at a drop in centre with refugees and asylum seekers. I really enjoy working there as I am able to help others, meet many different types of people whilst also acquiring a range of new skills. My fluency in the Persian/Farsi language has come of great use at the centre. This is because there are a lot of people who are unable to speak the English language therefore I step in as an interpreter in order to help them communicate. For example, I often interpret between a client and fellow colleagues. The job requires punctuality and a great deal of responsibility which will definitely come of use within my future professional career I participate in various extra curricular activities. I have gained the Junior Sports Leader Award in recognition of my work as a sportswoman. I play netball, basketball, badminton and tennis. I also enjoy singing and writing song lyrics. I have participated in many performance art events. Last year I sang on stage to a crowd of over 3000 people, which I found challenging but very rewarding. At university I hope to continue in increasing my sporting achievements Over the years my range of skills have increased; through my work experience, extra curricular activities and studying. I am an excellent communicator. I work well individually and in a team. I think that I am quite creative as I love putting new ideas into practice. I am confident always trying to achieve my best possible result I have a bright extrovert personality. I am friendly, I always approach everything with enthusiasm and I am always ready to contribute I would be extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to become a Dentist. I feel this profession holds such an essential and vital role in society. I believe my

dedication for this career and passion for helping others will allow me to one day become a valued member of this competitive and demanding profession I am very competitive, second place is rarely good enough for me. I think I have gathered this from my sporting background where second place counts for very little.

SAMPLE 7
am applying for this course because I am very interested in becoming a dietitian. I have been interested in this career for a number of years. I enjoy chemistry and food related subjects and I am interested in working for the health service. As well as this I am intrigued about how the body works and the influencer nutrition has on this. My A-level in biology covers briefly the variations in dietary requirements as the life cycle takes place. I have enjoyed this subject and would like to study it in more depth. I have completed 1 week shadowing the dietitian's at ___________. I enjoyed every minute of it and I particularly enjoyed the dietitian's clinics. The clinic's allowed the dietitian to have one to one contact with the patient. This seems the most effective way to change a patient's behaviour. The majority of patients I came into contact with had some form of diabetes, but I also saw anorexia and obesity. The skills used during these appointments were fascinating. I often saw a cycle of a dietitian who managed to persuade patients who were not thinking about change to change some parts of their diets. These skills are essential in this career and are preliminary taught through the degree and improved in practice. This week was also helpful as it helped me confirm my career choice and therefore my university options. My A -level subjects are very relevant to this course. The course is split into 2 main areas, academic and clinical work. In the first year the course covers a lot of biochemistry, and I believe my a-levels in biology and chemistry will help me here. The course will also contain numerous calculations especially in working out specific requirements. My mathematics knowledge will help me here. There will be many parts which are new to me and these include behavioural sciences such as psychology and sociology. Modules in professional studies will also be new to me although my work experiences has enabled me to observe some of these skills in practice. My main career aim upon successful completion of the course is to practise as a dietitian in the UK, for the NHS. I then hope to achieve senior status. As a person I view myself as organised committed and friendly. I think these are all qualities which will help me in the dietetic world. I am organised because I complete all my college assignments on time, and to a high standard. I like to organise my days in advance so tasks get completed on time, and free time is used effectively. I believe I am committed to my studies. I chose to attend a college with a higher profile than my local college event though this resulted in 90 minutes of travelling per day. I feel I am friendly, and can mix with other people in unfamiliar situations. This is important as communication skills are vital in a dietetic career. In my spare time I enjoy voluntary work, leisure activities and part time work. I am currently a young Guide leader for my local Guide group. This has enabled me to work towards the Guide Association's leadership qualification. On completion I will, be qualified to be an assistant Guide Leader. The qualification aims at developing skills required in order to run a unit and also develops teamwork and leadership skills. For leisure I am a member of my local gym. This is primarily to improve fitness

but it also builds self confidence and I meet new people. I am currently employed at my local Primark store as a till operator. The job has enabled me to develop customer service skills, which will be important in my future career. As well as these activities I like to take part in my college's enrichment programme. I have participated in IT enrichment and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The IT enrichment have provided me with OCR qualification in text production up to level 3. I am continuing with these classes in order to obtain the Diploma in Text Production. I am currently working towards Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, and have completed the expedition and residential aspects of this award. For my residential I took part in an International Guide and Scout camp, where I was a staff member working on the catering team. Both exploration and residential helped me incorporate team work but in different scenarios.

SAMPLE 8
Due to my compassionate nature and love for the sciences I have since long known that I would be best suited to a career in healthcare. Dentistry stood out from other fields of work because it had the additional aspect of intricate manual work, something which I want to be a feature of my everyday job. I am good at working in a team, communicating well and being conscientious of others but I also embrace the opportunity to lead and work on my own, the extra demands and responsibilities all taken in my stride. The challenging environment that dentistry offers I know will keep my mind sharp and active, while its ever-expanding field satisfies my thirst for scientific knowledge. In order to get a better insight into dentistry I spent several days this previous summer in various dentistry settings, giving me a total of four working weeks (20 days) work experience. I enjoyed myself thoroughly, finding all the work from orthodontics to implants highly interesting, and realised the importance of the relationships dentists held with their patients. After talking to various dentists about the work I realise how stressful and frustrating some cases and patients can be. This hasn't deterred me in the least though as I know my patience, determination and (perhaps most importantly) my sense of humour will see me through such situations. The highlight of my work experience was the opportunity to assist the dentist by playing the role of the nurse. It was exciting to see just what it was like to work inside someone's mouth and be involved with caring for the patient. All in all, my experiences of dentistry have only served to strengthen my desire to become a dentist. Away from academic work I still like to keep active, as I'm quite an energetic character. I play the alto saxophone and flute in several ensembles, which while taking consuming has improved my confidence and has been rewarding. While I do get a buzz from playing a solo, and everyone collectively creates an awesome sound in a symphonic orchestra, I much prefer smaller, more intimate sized groups. In these groups all the skills of musicianship are put to use such as sight reading, communicating through body language, and of course making a good sound. While everybody has to work with together, each players' character is able to come through in the music creating an individual sound and by the time the performance comes around we're all familiar friends. Music has also taken me many exciting and different places such as the Albert Hall with the Jazz band and Cardiff's Millennium Centre with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales (NYWOW). I have been a member of the NYWOW for two successive years and am auditioning again this

autumn in the hope of being able to attend the course and perform with them for the third year running. For sport I do karate in which I'm a seventh kyu, and am taking my next exam this October. I recently came first at the British Championships for both kata and kumite in the femle &th - 4th kyu category. It's good fun as well as challenging, and I enjoy the company in our class. I also do a bit of salsa dancing, purely to relax and have nice time. I may not be the most elegant of dancers but I still enjoy myself. Within school I help the younger musicians in the school orchestra and wind band, and have helped prepare groups for competitions and students for their exam performances. Calming younger children before performances as well as advising them how to improve their playing without offending them has made me excellent with children and juniors. I've contributed to the annual senior Christmas Party held at our school in several ways, by providing entertainment through playing music or by simply acting as the waitress. I have also represented our school with two others as Brazil in the model United Nations, where I debated world politics in main chamber and negotiated with other "countries" to get their support for new motions to be passed. While I know the road to becoming a dentist is a demanding one I know my passion for the sciences combined with the determination and desire to become a dentist will help me overcome all obstacles throughout the course and beyond.

SAMPLE 9
Raised by a specialist ENT doctor, I always had a predisposed idea as to the type of profession I would pursue. Observing my father at work and witnessing the close relationships he created with his patients while diagnosing and reassuring them, has influenced my decision to read dentistry in university. My A-level courses reflect my passion, while consolidating, and supporting my motivation for the dentistry profession, as each subject has taught me essential skills in preparation for the challenges of university and dentistry degree. Mathematics has helped with my problem solving, logical thinking, and time management skills, whilst biology and chemistry have helped further my interest and develop my analytical skills. Having enjoyed the practical aspects of my biology and chemistry lessons, my decision to read dentistry in university was reinforced. Tutoring children aged 7-13 has enabled me to develop my commitment, endurance, and communication skills. Although initially challenging, I provided emotional and intellectual support to pupils, helping them to successfully progress within their subjects. I am privileged to have learned useful new skills from this tremendously gratifying work-placement. My experience in retail orientates towards customer service and has taught me excellent communication, time management, organisational skills, and how to remain calm during periods of high pressure. These, I believe are fundamental skills essential for a career in dentistry. Currently, I am about to commence a two-week work placement in a dental practice, which will give me the opportunity to observe the construction of veneers, bridges, and crowns, expectantly leading to more complex procedures of endodontic, dental implants, tooth whitening and bonding. I am looking forward to the challenges of this

complicated, yet strengthening role, as I believe this experience will demonstrate the versatility of a dentistry career. Being a mentally challenging hands-on profession, I understand that success in this field is highly dependent on good dentist-patient interactions and mutual understanding with other staff. Outside academia, I enjoy reading a variety of books and articles. As an avid reader of bracesinfo.com and the dentistry section from medicalnewstoday.com my awareness of dentistry and related aspects are kept up-to-date, while gaining acquaintance with dental terminologies. I have a huge enthusiasm for languages, and am currently in the process of teaching myself German from various cassettes and internet programmes, hoping to proceed further to GCSE standard sometime in the future. Participating in the after-school basketball and tennis programmes has led to my continued involvement in these sports, which I have found to be a useful ingredient for character building, whilst enhancing my determination, concentration, selfdiscipline, and teamwork skills. I have also taken part in school drama productions such as 'Black History Month' and 'Peer Pressure', which improved my confidence in public speaking. Through my extra-curriculum activities and prior experiences, I have maintained an unwavering approach to dentistry as a profession. Aware of its demands and endless study of information about recent breakthroughs, I believe I possess the necessary skills required to be a successful student of dentistry. SAMPLE 10 From a very early age, I have always wanted to be a healthcare professional because of my love of science and caring nature. I attended a medical school successfully completed my second year of study. I shared my accommodation with dentistry students and I began questioning whether I had made the right choice. I believe I was quite naive when applying for medicine as I did not consider the job itself after graduating. I believe dentistry and medicine have many similarities but the typical work activities, working conditions and career development aspects are totally different. Taking into account my interests, abilities and skills, dentistry is the perfect career and thus I ended my medical career. Dentistry is a career thats challenging and rewarding. I want to apply my scientific knowledge to help people maintain their health and appearance. Dentistry offers the opportunity to be one's own boss and own a dental practice. I want a career thats hands on experience where I have the opportunity to build long term relationships withy my patients. I have a passion for oral care and am always educating my family about developing good brushing habits. I have a strong interest and ability in science as reflected by achieving A's on all my A-level exam papers. I was selected 'student of the year' by science tutors which was an outstanding achievement and portrays my competitive nature. I am committed to completing a life long, rewarding career as a dentist and am very excited about the lifelong learning opportunities presented by dentistry. I am passionate about applying my scientific knowledge to help treat people of all ages. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction by providing an important health service. I am a friendly, empathic individual with a caring nature. For the past three years, I have been assisting my sisters by caring for my niece and nephew on a weekend basis. This reflects my caring nature as Im quick to offer my help to make life easier for others. I have been working as a sales and marketing consultant for

two years and have the ability to build long-term relationships with clients and colleagues at great ease because of my friendly approach. My duties involve coldcalling potential clients, building a rapport and meet their needs by offering online marketing campaigns. I am a successful team member and thrive under pressure with the responsibility of achieving sales targets. I have further enhanced my communication, teamwork and organisational skills which are of great importance for the interaction with patients and running a dental practice. I have a professional, confident manner and possess good business and managerial abilities. I have devised successful marketing campaigns for 2 dental practices which was an exciting experience. I have further realised my entrepreneurial abilities and have a talent for business. I have excellent IT skills which are necessary due to the increasing use of computers. I have completed two weeks of work experience at 2 dental practices. It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life and provided me with a further insight into day-to-day dental management. I was offered the opportunity to shadow a number of dentists, specialists in different fields from orthodontists, prosthodontists to endodontists. I learned it is important to have good communication and interpersonal skills, for interaction with patients of all ages, cultures and personalities. The dentist's typical day was diverse and interesting. It was great to observe excellent teamwork and how vital everyone was to the running of the practice. I observed a root canal treatment, where the endodontists placed the patient at ease (patient centred approach), explained the treatment fully and it was great watching the effective interaction between the dentist and the dental assistant. I appreciate the dentist is a manager and a team leader running a small business. This experience has further reinforced my desire to apply for dentistry. My main interests are music, sport and sewing. I am a strong believer in taking a balanced approach to life. My current job is quite stressful and thus I attend the gym after work with colleagues where we play tennis, go climbing and exercise. I enjoy designing and sewing my own dresses and thus possess good hand-eye coordination. I appreciate manual dexterity is required in dentistry and is of great importance when treating patients. I am excited about entering the dental profession and can assure you I will make use of all opportunities that are presented. I believe I possess the ideal skills and attributes required to run a dental practice. I am committed to running an effective practice offering each patient the best possible treatment in a caring, supportive and professional environment. SAMPLE 11 My passion for dentistry was born through careful consideration, thorough research and work experience. After gaining a solid understanding of the course, the profession and my own motivations, my determination to study dentistry is absolute. In studying for my first degree I have acquired a broad biological education. Studying subjects such as applied and experimental biology, physiology and quantitative biology has not only fulfilled my fascination for science, but also provided me with an informed sense of direction based on my interests, skills and aspirations. For me, the biggest draw to dentistry is the opportunity to provide an essential service to the community. Be it in a hospital or family clinic, dentists have a positive impact on the quality of people's lives and I can think of little else more professionally fulfilling than that. Cementing my interest in dentistry is the large

scope of practice, the opportunity for specialism and the promise of a challenging and dynamic career. I am under no illusion as to the work that a degree entails and I have spent the past fourteen months preparing myself for dentistry. Through talking with dental students, work shadowing and independent research, I have been able to consolidate the realities of the course and job with my own expectations. I have gained two and a half weeks work experience across two practices as well as observing the work of a dental hygienist and a dental laboratory. Seeing the wider dental team at work has given me a better appreciation for the role of a dentist, both as a clinician and a team leader. I was also fortunate enough to shadow a dental practitioner with an interest in prosthodontics. Observing the simple elegance of his work, such as a bone graft, did much to inspire my interest in the surgical side of dentistry. I believe that my first degree has prepared me well for the challenges of a dental degree. Aside from the solid grounding in life sciences, I have developed a host of transferable skills, in particular self-study, communication, group work and organisation. More specifically, I have, throughout my degree, developed skills in manual dexterity, not dissimilar to those that are essential in dental surgery. Examples of when such skills have been employed include performing a cranial dissection on a shark and manually isolating single protist cells. Throughout my studies I have endeavoured to gain as much from the experience as possible. Assuming positions of responsibility has strengthened my connection with each institution and allowed me to develop skills in diplomacy, negotiation and empathy. As Head of the Sixth-form Council, Chairman of the Liverpool University Sub-Aqua Club, course representative and through various volunteering activities, for example beach cleaning, I have gained far more than just an education. Since graduating I have been working in financial research with the intention of preparing myself for the fiscal rigours of a second degree. My employers have been very supportive of my plans and working in such a role has helped my evaluation of dentistry as a prospective career. Dealing with company directors, fellow colleagues and clients on a daily basis has boosted my self confidence and allowed me to develop the communication skills that are so essential in maintaining an effective dentist-patient relationship. I look forward to the prospect of a dental career with great anticipation. I only hope that I have the opportunity to discuss, in person, my readiness to undertake the BDS.

MEDICINE PERSONAL STATEMENTS. SAMPLE 1 +


From an early age I have been fascinated by the workings of life. The human body is a remarkable machine with many diverse systems producing an organism that could never be artificially reproduced. My love of science is just one of my reasons for choosing medicine. I enjoy a challenge particularly towards a rewarding objective and although medicine is a tough career it can be enormously gratifying, highlighted by the doctors I have spoken to during my experience and on a personal level. To further my insight into the medical field I participated in a work shadowing week at a GP surgery. I gained a valuable understanding of the workings of the surgery, with opportunities to observe and speak to the doctors regarding a medical career. I arranged another placement week myself at a local hospital, which was a superb opportunity to observe medicine from another point of view. I observed the ward rounds, an MRI scan, a skin biopsy and an endosocpy clinic all which I found interesting. I spent the most time with the haematology team, responsible for patients with diseases such as Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia (CML), haematology being one of my interests it was captivating that I could see the specialty from a more complex side than the AS biology course. For example I was able to understand how the level of platelets affects blood clotting. Throughout the week I expanded my confidence and communication skills through speaking to patients and doctors. Although I enjoyed the week it was at times extremely heart-rending, I was able to get close to many of the terminally ill patients helping and caring for them where I could, getting them tea or just talking and empathising with them to build their spirits. I volunteered at a local home for the elderly which was very rewarding as I built my caring skills, helping residents by making them tea or playing cards with them. At school I took part in a paired reading scheme for 6 months where I was able to help young children to read, speaking and listening to them to help their English. All my experience has made me more determined to accomplish my ambition to be a doctor. My love of science and aspiration for a medical career is reflected in my A-Level choices where good time management, self motivated study skills and ability to cope with stress and pressure are essential. Biology and chemistry have helped me further my interest and develop my analytical skills, maths helps my problem solving skills helping me to work logically and ICT gives me a valuable insight into the rapidly developing technological world where computers are crucial. I believe all the qualities I have developed through my courses are essential for any good doctor. I have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme which enabled me to achieve a first aid certificate including cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. I also enhanced my inter-personal, communication and team building abilities, valuable skills for any medical occupation, as I witnessed during my experience. For 2 years I have volunteered at a local vet hospital observing and helping out 2 hours per week communicating with the public in a different environment. I enjoy reading, mainly factual books to expand my general knowledge. To relax, I enjoy sports including football, and cricket for which I was captain of the school team and my local team for

the past 3 years improving my leadership skills. I also recently rekindled my childhood passion for golf, another pastime I enjoy even if it is a little expensive! I am a self motivated, determined individual and I look forward to the social and academic challenges of university. I am aware of the demands of a medical career but my commitment and desire to become a doctor has only been strengthened through my experience and work in a voluntary capacity.

SAMPLE 2
have been interested in medicine since childhood. This curiosity began, when at the age of five I saw a video of child birth. I was mesmerized by this miracle of life and by the thought of being involved in something as wonderful throughout my life. My decision to study medicine has been strengthened by my enjoyment and success in both my MYP and IB biology and chemistry courses. I am fascinated by the complexity of the human body and the functions it carries out. The aspects which fascinate me most about medicine are being able to help and care for people whilst understanding the sophisticated processes which happen within the human body. Furthermore medicine would suit me as a person because of the ever developing new scientific discoveries, medicine has reached an endless scope with unlimited possibilities which would fulfil my prospects in life. My involvement in a voluntary programme this summer has reinforced my decision to study a degree in medicine. I visited Poland with a group of students to help in a local hospital. My group was assigned to the neurology floor where we cleaned the patients, made their bed and kept them. Although we didnt do anything particularly medical, I was able to experience a hospital and learn about caring and responsibility. This experience was extremely rewarding for me as it made me grow not only as a person but as a prospective medical student. I also attended a first aid class where I learned the procedures that should be carried out in an emergency. Besides my interest in medicine, I have strong interests for music and languages. I have been playing the flute for almost 4 years and I have constantly improved through practice, my progress is obvious in the various concerts I play at throughout the year. I also enjoy learning languages. Spending a year in Germany, in a boarding school when I was 12 years old helped me to learn German from scratch and made me a more independent and outgoing person. I still go to classes to improve my German and prepare myself for various official German exams. Being almost trilingual has also helped me with another hobby, travelling, I love to see different countries throughout the world, and most importantly in order to learn more about different cultures and to meet different people. Having participated for three years in Model United Nations has helped me to significantly develop some important skills particularly useful within the medical profession such as speech writing, communicating and team work. In these conferences I have represented countries as varied as Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates. I was an ambassador in one of the conferences which consequently increased my leadership skills. I consider these some my most important qualities, which would be invaluable to any profession particularly medicine, therefore I continue to develop these skills even further whenever possible, for example after being elected to become a member of the National Honour Society for which membership is voted by the teachers of my school.

In order to be a successful doctor, one must be caring, dedicated and inquisitive in this field as well as a whole rounded person. I believe these are some of the qualities I possess and I am certain that by studying medicine I can accomplish my dreams and make a contribution to the society I live in.

SAMPLE 3
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 peoples 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 Grammars 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.

SAMPLE 4 + I have always had a great interest in Science and Mathematics because of the
impacts that both of these have on our daily lives. I have become fascinated by Pharmacy as a career because it brings together Chemistry and Maths and directly effects on the lives of people in the community. Pharmacists are now more actively involved with the patients and have become more accessible to the community and I am looking forward to the challenge of career that involves life long learning. I have learnt valuable skills in the subjects I have taken which will be beneficial to a career in Pharmacy. In Chemistry, I have learnt an important skill in producing written and illustrated results from experiments. From this I am able to evaluate and modify these results. I enjoy the application of logical scientific thinking and knowledge of natural laws to analyse and solve problems occurring in Pharmacy. The practical side of Chemistry involving laboratory work was my main interest in this subject and would like to continue this work in helping others. As a Pharmacist, you do require some skills in maths. With a knowledge of Mathematics I can analyse and solve problems and gained the skill of producing written and illustrated results for a mathematical problem. With Maths, I am able to calculate the accurate dosage of the drug which is required for the patient in relation to hospital pharmacy. I can bring skills from Computing that can directly relate to a career in Pharmacy. A main skill developed is producing an analysis of a problem that can help in research work. Coursework in computing has enabled me to tackle complex subjects such as building a system via computer programming, I am confident this will be useful in a pharmacy degree. I have pursued many activities that have given me experience in this field of study. I have encountered independent voluntary work for local Pharmacy branch located in Stretford. From this, I have learnt the insight of being a Community Pharmacist and dealing with prescriptions, which will prove valuable in the future.

I have advanced in my communication skills from part-time employment at Sport World International at Trafford Park. This has given me the opportunity to use my initiative and enabled me to interact with various kinds of situations with different people such as dealing with the consumers problems. This has helped me gain responsibility, which I know will be required in the career of Pharmacy. With my studies aside, I have a passion for cricket and football. My favourite pastimes involves playing cricket and listening to music of all genres. My ongoing hobbies include squash, snooker, gym and travelling when and wherever possible. I enjoy going to the gym which help improves my self-esteem and motivates me in doing my work. Believing in yourself can help to establish your thoughts in a confident way. At University, I would like to contribute to university life, as this will be a new experience and I will look forward to meeting new people. I am a reliable, determined and enthusiastic person who will relish the opportunity to study pharmacy if I am given the opportunity. SAMPLE 5 After working over one hundred hours a week for more than three months, I completed the project to great success. I had worked hard on this difficult assignment; on the surface, my job was going well. With an MA in Management and a covenant position with a Big Four accounting firm, I had impressive credentials. I had also gained substantial experience working with information systems and performing financial audits and reconciliations. Why, then, was I not satisfied? Upon entering my career, I had assumed that professional and financial success would surely bring personal fulfilment. After some time, however, I became frustrated because I did not enjoy my work. I decided to interview for similar positions. During this process, however, reality hit me: changing companies would not solve my problem because the entire career field did not meet my needs. This realization triggered a process of self-searching that led me to medicine. This decision did not come quickly or easily. After all, the commitment to provide others with healthcare is a serious decision for anyone, particularly someone with an established career. As I examined my interests and goals, however, I underwent a process of personal growth that has propelled me towards a career as a physician. Upon examining my job responsibilities, I realized that I enjoyed the problem-solving duties of my corporate career much more than the specific subject matter. I had always worked hard to understand and communicate my company's line of business. Furthermore, my detailed programming and financial analysis had identified many profitable opportunities for the company amidst a constantly changing, complicated economy. Not only did my preferred career emphasize problem solving, but it also allowed me to work closely with others in a caretaking role. When I examined my past, I observed a pattern of volunteer work and leadership; for example, I have donated my time to {PROVIDE ONE OR TWO VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES and your DUTIES}. Of course, many careers would allow me to solve problems and benefit others. How did I choose medicine? A career in medicine will allow me to integrate thoroughly my passion for science into a public-service framework. Since childhood, I have loved acquiring scientific

knowledge, particularly involving biological processes. I also have a keen interest in health care policy and public health; while serving as a physician, I plan to pursue additional roles in these fields. My colleagues at work have commented on my idealism. While many motivate themselves with thoughts of maintaining a high salary or proving their worth through achievements, I have sought to shed those goals in favour of providing tangible health benefits to others. I have already had more fun than I deserve; I seek the long-term intellectual challenge and interpersonal rewards that accompany work in the medical field. In making this career transition, I must show evidence of the prolonged commitment, intellectual maturity, and altruism required to excel in medical school and as a physician. During my undergraduate studies, I displayed my ability to juggle competing demands while still maintaining my academic focus; I have succeeded at school while volunteering part time, spending time with family and friends, and working part-time. To better serve my expected patient population, I plan to take some refresher Spanish classes while in medical school. I have come to discover that a job and even a good income, absent another significant purpose, will not bring satisfaction. I plan to utilize my assets, namely my problem- solving affinity, strong work ethic, and interpersonal commitment, to craft a stimulating, personally rewarding career in medicine. Fortunately, I have an opportunity to make a change, and I could not be more grateful. I have taken stock of myself, considering my skills, experiences, and goals. I have looked to family and friends, some of whom are doctors, for advice. Because of this self-examination, I have decided to pursue a career in healthcare. The process has been difficult at times but always illuminating. Throughout it all, I have never lost confidence-the confidence that I will actively absorb all available medical knowledge, forge friendships with fellow students, and emerge from my training as a skilful and caring physician.

SAMPLE 6 +
I enjoy studying science because it is a subject that encompasses so much of life's issues and practicalities, and a subject that can be applied and made useful to everyday life. Biological science is fascinating but it is even more exciting when studying abnormal function in medical science, from the facts in pathology to the application in pharmacology. The complex chemical interactions within the body, especially how neurones affect the brain and psychology is a dilemma and one which I would love to study and understand. The neurobiology behind the brain is a field I feel links strongly with pharmacology. Pharmacology encompasses so much of medical science, normal and abnormal function, including the chance of applying my knowledge and exploring, and not merely understanding, therefore I feel that pharmacology is a field I would like to pursue, besides pathology, and much of genetics and the brain. The biological science in context with Chemistry, especially genetics, and aspects of it such as protein synthesis are interesting to say the least. At the moment we are learning about respiration, which is an aspect of biochemistry that is vital to physiology. Through my study in Chemistry, I am able to understand the way chemicals would interact with each other, and with my knowledge of Biology and understanding of physiology and anatomy, I can put Chemistry in context of the life

sciences. I feel that these sciences will give me a firm foundation for medical science. My study in English Literature has also allowed me to develop skills which would aid me in writing reports, and I feel that my study in Art has taught me to think creatively, which would enable me to be innovative in research. Over the summer holidays, I worked as a volunteer in the MacMillan centre at Edith Cavell Hospital, Peterborough, which is a daytime centre for cancer patients. There I had the opportunity to work with patients and nurses, and to learn some of the effects of cancer on a patient and the effects of chemotherapy first hand. The MacMillan centre has reinforced my desire to pursue pharmacology, and has confirmed my interest in medical science and pathology. I am currently trying to organise more work experience, hopefully in Huntington Life Sciences, in order to understand better what a medical-related career entails. I have worked as a volunteer leader with children in holiday clubs. From this I have learnt to work as part of a large team, within which I was responsible for leading a smaller group of people. Working in a team is an experience I feel would benefit me in any career, and in university, since it is often essential in any job and unavoidable in university. I have learnt to take the initiative and become responsible for younger members. I feel that these skills will be an advantage to me later, since I might go into research. People have often told me that I have the potential for research, and I believe I have a high level of perseverance. At home I enjoy reading and in particular art. I conduct my own self-directed learning in art and have since developed greatly in my artistic skills, in particular portraits. I have since sold a painting and also won first prize in an art competition within a company. As the Japanese culture fascinates me, I have taught myself basic Japanese and have learnt how to do origami. I am also a bilingual speaker in English and Cantonese, and am currently involved in my school's system called "Bank of Translators" for parents evening. All this has contributed to my independence in learning and my competence in foreign languages is invaluable, as it will be an asset in communication within a team. I constantly seek new challenges and science provides life-long learning, and I relish the fact that I will never know it all, which means there is always something new for me to discover.

SAMPLE 7 +
What initially drew me to medicine arose from a childhood intrigue into the intricacies of biological science and disease. This interest flourished greatly during third-level education and postdoctoral research, growing a deeper appreciation for the many challenges of such an interdisciplinary career. I have endeavoured to explore numerous activities to truly test this desire, all of which have further reinforced my aspiration to study medicine. These experiences encouraged my personal development and facilitated a profoundly informed insight into the level of empathy, compassion, enthusiasm and stamina required to be a good doctor. Since March 2003 for 8 hours every Saturday I have volunteered at _name_ district hospital _town_, caring for elderly and post-operative patients. My duties include helping with patient sanitation, washing, wound-dressing, feeding and exercising, along with talking to and empathising with palliative and chronic care patients. Additionally, each week the G.P. allows me to shadow her rounds, providing a valuable perspective on her interactions with nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists, as well as the gratification of working as part of a team in a caring and responsible role. In June I earned a first-aid certificate, giving me confidence in

managing minor injuries and allowing me to join the Order of Malta. This organisation has proven to be a rich learning environment, as twice weekly I either participate as part of an ambulance corps at sporting events, or visit and talk to elderly and chronic term patients in local hospitals. Psychiatry has always fascinated me, and in July I shadowed a psychiatrist during an outpatient clinic, observing the consultation and treatment of persons with depression and schizophrenia. Although a limited experience, it revealed the finely honed oral and aural communication skills required in this profession. In August I spent a day shadowing in the neurology and urology departments of _Name_ University College Hospital, acquiring a small appreciation for the pace and pressures of work in a busy hospital. Moreover, in a conscious effort to maximise what I learned from all the aforementioned work experience I actively used the BNF as an educational resource, to expand upon my academic knowledge and clinical understanding of the pharmacotherapies involved. My primary and post-graduate degrees have provided a thorough grounding in the sciences underlying medicine. In addition, post-graduate studies have broadened my knowledge of the pathology and treatment of many psychiatric, neurological and chronic inflammatory disorders. The self-directed learning during post-graduate research has refined my decision making, problem solving and analytical skills by teaching me to laterally integrate different bodies of knowledge. My post-doctoral workload has meant a continual refinement of my personal organisation and ability to work synergistically in an environment requiring adept leadership and team skills. Students and doctors have stressed the importance to me of maintaining recreational interests which aid in coping with the inevitable personal demands and professional stresses of a medical career. I have affinities for music, languages, art and sport which are fully integrated into my life, requiring a continual refinement of my timemanagement. I have played the guitar and piano for 15 years, performing in several bands, and recently mastered the baglama and bongo. Working as a translator in the summer of 1998 rose my French to a fluent conversational level, and I am learning sign-language in a sincere effort to expand my communicative potential. Art is a passion of mine, and I have won prizes at local and national levels, as well as having illustrations published in scientific journals. Fitness is important to me, I run 30 km weekly and enjoy team sports including basketball and football. I am aware of the social sacrifices of a busy medical career, the continual academic commitment required, and the importance of being a well-rounded motivated individual with excellent interpersonal abilities. Furthermore, the challenge of using logical and clinical reasoning in an environment that demands a genuine personal dedication attracts me immensely. The qualities I have developed from an academic and voluntary aspect have deeply strengthened my commitment, and affirmed my conviction to enter this profession. By studying medicine I will not only help others, but pursue a vocation to which I truly aspire.

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Ever since I accidentally burnt holes in my pyjamas after experimenting with a chemistry set on my 8th Birthday, I have always had a passion for science. Following several hospital visits during my teenage years to explore my interest, the idea of a career that would exploit my humanity and problem-solving abilities always made medicine a natural choice. So why did I choose computer science? By exploring a secondary interest in IT, I sought to allow myself the time to carefully consider my motivations for following such a challenging career. Medicine has never been absent from my thoughts, and this combined with a lack of personal fulfilment as a web

developer has continually amplified my desire to become a doctor. I take great pleasure in people and their diversity, and by combining my love of science with the interpersonal rewards gained from interacting with them, I hope to fulfil this ambition. To affirm my decision, I have recently spent time observing a consultant vascular surgeon and his team throughout the full cycle of patient care. I enjoyed talking to patients about their illness and observed several procedures including a carotid endarterectomy and bypass operation. The insight into human anatomy was fascinating and found that I definitely have the stomach for my chosen vocation! More importantly though, the opportunity provided me with a valuable perspective on hospital life; it was unglamorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, but confirmed beyond any doubt that this is where my future lies. In addition, I have spent every Thursday evening since April in the wards of a Hospice in Clapham. By talking to the elderly, helping them to eat and drink and even placing bets on their behalf at the bookmakers, I have been able to appreciate the importance of palliative care. For practical experience I have attended a first aid course run by the British Red Cross. My employment history provides me with a wealth of experience to offer to the medical profession. For example, my strong communication skills have been continually demonstrated through presentations in front of up to 150 people, as well as strong leadership qualities in order to deliver time-critical projects. During my tenure at PGL Holidays I gained great satisfaction from my involvement in the organisation of evening activities for children, having a direct impact on their enjoyment. Maintaining a balance between this and their personal safety was always one of the more challenging (yet rewarding) aspects of the job. Besides my work and passion for science, reading and music are important to me, as is sport. Rock climbing twice weekly helps build a sense of camaraderie between my friends and I, while squash, badminton and golf add a competitive element. After university I spent a winter snowboarding in Canada and gave produce advice to people from all over the world. Myself and some friends then embarked on a journey that saw us witness a bewildering array of sights from across the Canadian countryside. In addition, I have spent three years participating in the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. A challenging expedition to the Outer Hebrides highlighted that with enough determination, teamwork can achieve anything. Where humanity, patience and integrity are all vital to successful patient care, so I believe is a sense of humour (where appropriate). These attributes along with a level-headed and unprejudiced outlook on life, I hope makes me an ideal candidate. I am acutely aware of the physical and emotional challenges medicine involves, yet this has only affirmed my resolve to make the career transition to medicine. My stamina, energy and commitment will equip me for a life of learning, but by applying my scientific knowledge and curiosity with compassion and empathy, I hope to become a valuable member of a profession to which I truly aspire.

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aving always been fascinated by science, I chose to pursue this interest by studying biology at university. Before starting my degree, I took a gap year travelling through central and southern Africa. There I realised the scale and horror of the AIDS pandemic, became interested in healthcare, and considered more carefully how I might become involved. I have since returned to Malawi with sponsorship to examine

attitudes towards sexual health. Here I inevitably became involved with individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS - the youngest just months old. Experiencing the personal consequences of disease in this way confirmed my resolve to study medicine. Once at university, I sought to gain experience in a more orthodox healthcare setting by spending time with my GP and in a hospital oncology department. In the latter I worked with porters, administrators, nurses and radiographers as well as observing some consultations. Watching these people work together taught me that good patient care is driven by empathy, hard work and, above all, a sense of humour. Impressed by the hospital atmosphere I returned as a volunteer in orthopaedics and later as a surgical orderly in gynaecology. My duties included cleaning up after operations, moving patients and taking them to and from theatre. While in this job, some of the surgeons were kind enough to let me join them in theatre, in clinic and on ward rounds. This helped me appreciate just how hard doctors actually work and some of the extraordinary pressures to which they are exposed. On a more practical level my work as a firstaider with St John Ambulance has increased my confidence in taking responsibility for casualties - typically those suffering minor lacerations, fainting and falls. I have also worked at a disabled riding school and at a school for disabled children. These roles opened my mind to disability and inspired me to begin evening classes in sign language. My appetite for learning also accommodates extracurricular classes in German and Spanish which I enjoy in addition to working towards an A-level in Chemistry. These interests demand self discipline and have greatly improved my ability to manage time effectively. Away from the books my weekends are spent with the Territorial Army. As an Officer Cadet, the TA has vastly improved my confidence and ability to work as part of a team under pressure. Although challenging, army weekends are extremely rewarding and provide many opportunities to relax and socialise. To meet the demands of the TA I keep fit by lifting weights, swimming and fencing. As a keen traveller I have visited twenty six countries since leaving school. To fund these trips I have worked as a door-to-door salesman in America and have hitchhiked across Europe to reach northern Africa. In testing my communication skills, these experiences have taught me much about establishing rapport with strangers in challenging situations. These travels have taken me to some extreme and potentially dangerous destinations. More than once I have been rescued from disaster by complete strangers who stood to gain nothing from helping me. This has taught me that the common language of people everywhere is essentially kindness and compassion. These values are intrinsic in the role of the physician and are the reason I cannot imagine committing to any other profession.

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Medicine is an ever-changing field I believe to be my vocation. I enjoy working in a team but also as an individual and taking responsibility for my own actions in a challenging environment. For as long as I can remember, I have always felt a particular satisfaction when it comes to helping people. In order to get experience in the medical field, I spent a week shadowing a team from a GP clinic. This gave me the opportunity to observe the workings of a surgery closely, the doctors and district nurses, the receptionists and the ancillary staff. For me, this emphasised the

essential nature of teamwork in all aspects of medicine. I have also undertaken a placement at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital in Kensington. Through this experience, I was able to view different types of cardiovascular surgery and was allowed to accompany doctors on ward rounds and encouraged to talk to patients. I found this to be extremely valuable because, in talking to the patients, the importance of good communication was reinforced and taught me to value listening carefully and asking effective questions. It also helped me to improve my caring skills. From my academic studies and experiences, I have learned the importance of patience and keeping a sense of humour. Attending the Medlink and Medsim conferences at the University of Nottingham enhanced my understanding of the rigours of pursuing a career in the medical field. During the Medlink conference, I attended lectures that highlighted the financial, physical and emotional difficulties involved in becoming a doctor. At the Medsim conference, I was introduced to more basic medical skills when I was given the chance to practise suturing, catheterisation and intravenous and cannula injections. These conferences gave me a chance to see life as a medical student and to interact with others as well as the importance of teamwork in stressful situations. I realised that I can remain calm and rational when working under pressure. I have taken part in a number of First Aid courses and also worked as a First Aider for St. John Ambulance. I am now confident in the provision of CPR and emergency procedures to victims of trauma. My ambition to be a doctor is reflected in the subjects that I have chosen to study at school. I am pleased to have achieved a great balance between my studies and social, extracurricular life. I have regularly performed in school concerts, drama productions, charity drives and the school magazine. I am particularly interested in music and I play the piano (grade 8) and sing (grade 7). I have participated as a member of the senior school choir since 2000 and have gained school colours for singing and playing in ensembles. I was proud to achieve Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in 2005. To acknowledge my contribution to school life, I was honoured with the Catherine Aylward Award in 2005, which is presented each year in recognition of a student's interest in the welfare of their fellow students. I am also Deputy Head Girl. This appointment allows me to demonstrate my confidence and aptitude for leadership in the school community while improving teamwork with my fellow deputies and the Head Girl. In addition to this honour, I was made Music Prefect for the Junior School last year where I had the opportunity to work with the younger girls in the school while also organising activities for them. My other interests are quite varied. I enjoy travel and have travelled extensively in North America and the Far East. I also enjoy kickboxing and tai chi and have been surfing for two years. I am hard working and compassionate, but more than anything I am utterly committed to a career in medicine. I understand that this is a career with many demands, both emotional and physical, but I know that I possess the energy, determination and stamina to withstand these difficulties and to become a useful member of the medical profession.

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Life as an A-level student has brought challenges and rewards that I feel have enhanced and added volumes of positive input to my character. I am a cheerful, enthusiastic and caring member of Ponteland Sixth Form College, with a burning

drive to strive forward on a continuous journey of self-improvement. Every time I reach a new peak, I see another and want to climb it. I have an unstoppable momentum and I dont think Ill ever stop. My passion for science led me to take Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics to Alevel, all of which I find very demanding. Basic queries I had about how my body works and how it relates to the world around us are answered in Biology and Chemistry. I find that quite often it is the most mundane action of our bodies, such as the heartbeat, that turns out to be the most profound and complicated. He certainty and logic attached to Mathematics complement these subjects by providing models by which to explain scientific situations. Persistence and a strong work ethic have enabled me to achieve top grades in Mathematics which is certainly my most challenging subject. Amongst the pressures from these intense science-orientated A-levels, I made sure that I indulged in an art that I thoroughly enjoyed - English Literature. Alongside the prescribed texts, I enjoy reading books suited to y own taste, from the beautiful and profound The Man That Fell In Love With The Moon," to delightfully frivolous celebrity autobiographies. I find these entirely different genres of text quench my thirst for a broad spectrum of literature. Being a keen member of my sixth form charity committee has allowed me to give something back to the community through fund raising events for charities such as the NSPCC and Children in Need. I worked as a ward assistant at Saint Oswalds Hospice caring for terminally ill patients and helped out at my local community first school teaching basic IT skills to Year One students. These voluntary jobs encouraged me to develop a stronger sense of my responsibility for other people. Further to enhance my ability to reach out and help others, I attended a first aid course last autumn in which I achieved a Young Lifesavers Plus award. Outside of college, I enjoy keeping healthy and active through a daily exercise routine combined with periodic runs with my two dogs, gym visits and tae kwon-do classes. At times of great stress, I find that exercise can be remarkably therapeutic physically, emotionally and mentally. I enjoy travel immensely and last year trekked across East America, staying with friends and family along the way. To further my appreciation of different languages, I took up Spanish and Italian lessons last year and achieved two post-16 awards. I have also began to learn Mandarin once a week. My work experience was at the Institute of Human Genetics in Newcastle where I helped with the CAPP studies. I learned about the way in which gene technology is helping treat people with serious illnesses. I was fascinated by the trials and it was at this moment that the elusive "Eureka Moment" struck me and I began to see medicine as a serious career choice for myself. I see it as a great challenge, another great peak to climb, and I look forward to a positive enjoyable and prosperous university life.

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My interest in medicine was growing up with me ever since I was a small child. Seeing people around me suffer encouraged me more. But I got my hyper to be a doctor when my small brother was born with all the illness he was born with. I have worked in a private hospital for ten days, were I met doctors and helped them with their work. That thing motivated me more to being a doctor, and especially when seeing sick people treated.

I have applied for my UKCAT and will have the exam soon. I have got my IELTZ with a score of 6.5 and willing for a seven soon. I am currently studying at CLYDEBANK COLLEGE, the International Foundation Programme, were I am studying Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and English. I am willing to finish my bachelors, specialize, and then get my masters. My only focus know is to get accepted in one of your universities, were I will be so pleased and thankful if you do, and after that ill continue my way which I started. In my spare time, I surf the internet, and chat with my friends from all over the world on the messenger. In my long vacations I like traveling with my friends and family to new places all over the world. As a school student I used to pretend to be the class doctor. I played basket ball in the school team, were we went to play with many other teams from all over the world. I like writing poems ever since my childhood, most of my poems are about people suffering and waiting to be treated. SAMPLE 13. My fascination with the human body is a direct result of early conversations with my mother, a nurse. She worked as a childbirth educator, and I was absolutely captivated by what she described to me about reproduction, and the incredible changes the female body undergoes during pregnancy. This interest lead me straight through a BSc in Biology, during which my scientific intrigue has continued to blossom. Becoming a physician has always been an aspiration of mine, and my university studies have truly cemented this desire. In this brief summary of my life I hope to illustrate that I have long been preparing for the challenge of Medical School and that I believe I have acquired the skills and perseverance necessary to succeed. A sense of social responsibility is an important quality of any hopeful physician, and my manner of demonstrating this characteristic is through volunteer work. For the past four years I have worked as a Doctor's Assistant for a non-profit sexual health clinic. The responsibilities of this role entailed accompanying the Doctor into the examining room, assisting him or her with the examination, interacting with patients to help them feel more at ease and filling out the necessary test requisitions and billing information. This job has proved an excellent opportunity for obtaining handson experience in a clinical setting and it has provided me with an idea of how to communicate with a patient in order to make their visit both comfortable and productive. The Doctors at the clinic have also been a valuable resource to me, always willing to answer my many questions pertaining both to life as a physician and medicine in general. Another rewarding volunteer experience I had was as the President of my university's cancer fundraising club. I learned invaluable leadership skills in this role as my responsibilities included preparing for and running club meetings, organizing fundraising events and delegating tasks to club members. The club member's hard work and dedication helped us to raise over 5000 dollars for the Canadian Cancer Society. One of my great passions is for travel, and I have spent time abroad whenever money and time would permit. In 2003 I spent the summer living and working in London. This was likely my first real test of self reliance, and it was certainly a rewarding experience. I obtained employment at a busy shop on Oxford Street, and within two weeks I had been promoted to supervisor. The money I made there supported me on a backpacking trip through much of France and Spain. I so thoroughly enjoyed my time in Europe, London in particular, that I would like nothing more than to return there to study. I was also fortunate enough to

participate in an exchange program at the prestigious Mahidol University in Bangkok; unquestionably one of the most influential experiences of my life. I was touched by the peaceful and gentle nature of the Thais and as I had studied world religions as my minor at university, it was particularly fascinating to me to observe a culture deeply rooted in Buddhist ideals. Being so centrally located in Southeast Asia, I was able to travel to the surrounding countries of China, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brunei and Burma. Each country was a unique and exciting adventure and I was eager to learn about the rich history and culture exclusive to each nation. My work experiences in retail and as a waitress have all been oriented towards customer service and have taught me excellent communication skills, time management, organization and how to remain calm during periods of high stress. Other passions of mine include playing the piano, which I have done most of my life, keeping active with running and yoga, and enjoying the arts whether it be music, plays or literature. In summary, I believe I am a well rounded individual, one with great drive and determination coupled with an enthusiasm for learning and a positive attitude.

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How can the human mind be responsible for everything we do, and shape everything we are? That is a question that I have been fascinated with for a long time, first from a psychological perspective and now from a neuroscientific perspective. To explore my interest I began reading around the subject in newspaper articles, magazines such as Scientific American and books. This opened my eyes to other fascinating biomedical advances, such as probiotics. I also became particularly interested in the differing theories surrounding the neuroscientific approach to consciousness, and am currently reading Susan Greenfield's The Private Life of the Brain, where she presents her theory that patterns of neuronal connectivity determine our overall state of consciousness. At the same time I began volunteering at the care centre for the elderly, baking and socializing with the seniors every Sunday. I really enjoyed the caring role I took on, be it bringing them water or helping them take a seat. It also developed my social skills, and I became more open. I volunteered there for more than a year, and decided that I wanted to continue with this caring role professionally. With my interest in biomedical sciences and care, medicine becomes the obvious career choice. To get a preview, I arranged for a brief observation in an OR in --- to observe a cardiac catheterization. Besides giving me insight into the surgical process, I also got to listen to the doctors discuss the diagnosis of the fluoroscopy, and was impressed by their knowledge and attention to detail. I wanted to see more, and arranged for a week of formal work observation at a clinic in ---, where I shadowed a paediatrician and a migraine specialist. There I got observe another aspect, both culturally and professionally, of being a doctor. I got to try my hand at feeling for swollen glands, listening for pneumonia, and saw how dynamic the medical profession is, constantly changing due to research advancements. This experience made me very certain of pursuing the medical career. I then attended a Red Cross first aid course to gain some practical experience. The IB program has prepared me academically to take on the challenging course of medicine. HL Chemistry and Biology have improved my grasp of the experimental

process, especially the analysis of results. HL Mathematics has enhanced my problem solving skills, whilst TOK has advanced my critical thinking skills. The independent lab work I did for my IB extended essay, for which I tested the tolerance of a probiotic against antibiotics, familiarized me with bacteria culture growth, including sterilization procedures. In addition to school, I take extracurricular Mandarin classes, train Tae Kwon Do and volunteer as a tutor at the local library. Time management and organization are essential in keeping up with this busy schedule. Being a tutor hones my communicative and pedagogical skills, and I also discovered how fun children are to work with. I am also a Student Safety Officer, a rewarding responsibility that allows me to work actively towards improving students' working environments. Last year I was part of the yearbook committee. With many people involved, it was important to cooperate and be a good listener. As for hobbies, I enjoy reading and writing poetry; this year I had a poem published in the US teen literary magazine Cicada. I also took piano lessons for seven years which besides being aesthetic has also developed my finger dexterity. As my entire education has been in English, beginning with primary school in --- and continuing with the MYP and IB program in ---, I've always aimed to attend university in the UK. After graduating, I hope to first join MSF before specializing in neurology and doing research, but of course anything is possible. I really hope that my academic and personal skills, in addition to my genuine interest in medicine, will turn my dreams about the future into reality. -Applying to: Cambridge, Glasgow, King's College, St. George for medicine and UCL for neuroscience SAMPLE 15 (2007) + 'Whoever kills a person it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.'(Quran 5:32) My choice of A-Level subjects was influenced by my fascination to form connections between science and my religious beliefs. Additionally I have always questioned how such complex, almost surreal systems exist within the human anatomy. Studying Biology and Chemistry has proven to provide many answers for me,and much more. In contrast I have taken an Art subject as it is a therapeutic activity through which I am able me to continue developing my creative talent. The idea of a career that would challenge my mental ability and decision making skills has always implied that Medicine is the right choice for me. In support of my career choice, I undertook Work Experience at ******* Hospital during my AS-levels. As a Care Assistant, I took part in numerous practical tasks, such as testing sugar levels, performing ECGs and recording relevant patient information. Such small tasks enabled me to strengthen the bonds that I formed with patients, and also outlined essential qualities for a medical student. For example, I had to be patient, understanding and exert my communication skills to the full extent. My social skills and confidence were further amplified as I was put on varying wards, meeting new staff each day. The positive feedback I received from them prompted me to learn even more about the medical world, and consequently I decided to take up Voluntarty Work at the Hospital.

The teamwork that I practised in the Hospital was a development of skills that I acquired in school. I played an active role as a prefect and participated in raising money and awareness for charity, namely U.N.AIDS. This project allowed me to convey a sense of independance and responsibility. The Arts and Activities week I participated in enhanced my leadership skills, and the constant praiseworthy attitude I showed my younger peers also proved beneficial to me, when I had to address an older audience recently as a school representative. I hope such a positive, approachable attitude can help make me a viable team member in the medical profession as creating an open, comfortable, atmosphere for patients and family members is invaluable. I feel that Medicine is not only about helping people it is about social and political awareness, as well as scientific breakthroughs. Thus my extracurricular interests include broadening my social horizons and understanding different cultures through the Art and Film medium. Alternatively I thoroughly enjoy watching programmes that give me an insight into the progression of modern science. For example the series 'Animal Farm', and the documentary 'Dispatches' prompted me to question the reliability of stories in the current News, related to Medicine. One controversial issue in particular, encouraged me to be involved in one of the most awe-inspiring events, The Anti-War on Iraq Protest in 2003. I very much enjoyed participating in one of the largest political demonstrations in the city's history. I am aware of the demands of a Medical career but my ability to balance a social and educational lifestyle should enable me to meet the required standards. The way a patient is addressed or cared for, has a lasting impact not only on the patient and their family, but also on the carer. Through the qualities I have developed from an academic and voluntary aspect, along with the opportunity to study Medicine, I think I would be capable of creating such an impact in people's lives.

- I've mainly applied for Unis in London -Uni Col of London, Queen Mary, St Georges as well as Keele, in Staffordshire. Although u have to bare in mind its not just the P.S they look at, they also consider scores on the UKCAT test and BMAT test and obviously your A-Level results.
SAMPLE 16 + (2007) The human body is one of the most complex structures in the known Universe. This statement does not take a neurosurgeon or a General Practitioner to answer. As I began adolescent, I realised how remarkable a machine we actually are. This sparked off many questions in which I found all of the answers from science. I have always been a compassionate person, wanting to help others where possible. Signs of this was evident during my early high school years, where I was part of the bullying campaign, with aims to expel bullying from our school all together. I have volunteered my time in many projects over the years to help people and with my obvious love of science, this has drawn me to one area in which I would love to advance my career... Medicine. Due to my sporting background, I have had much previous work experience as a Physical Education teacher and as a rugby coach. I have worked closely with Mark Roberts, a Rugby Development officer in order to help children develop physically as an athlete and mentally as a person. During my time in coaching, I have been able to help these children overcome a variety of injuries and see that they get back on their feet and playing rugby again. This experience was fulfilling, but diverted away

from science, which is why I decided to take a sports science degree in Glamorgan University. My time at university allowed me to appreciate the many chemical reactions in the body during high intensity exercise. Working in a laboratory allowed me to witness these reactions, where I was able to to analyse my data using a P test on Microsoft excel. I feel that my time at university has helped me grow and mature and has given me a great stepping stone into the field of medicine. Since being in Australia, I have moved from the Biological side of medicine to the Pharmaceutical aspects. I now work 25 hours a week in a Pharmacy in Perth, working closely with our patients, Doctors and Pharmacist. I get to deal with all kinds of patients, from people who have Parkinsons disease to suggesting pseudo ephedrine based cold and flu medication to help people deal with a viral infection. Working in a pharmacy has helped me gain great product knowledge which I believe will be greatly beneficial to me as I look into doing a medicine degree. On my return to wrexham, I am attending work experience in the Orthopaedic department at NAME_Hospital, which is the area of my main interest. After consulting with NAME(Recruitment Officer), he has come to an agreement with me that I will be working along side Mr NAME their Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon, who specializes in shoulder injuries such as posterior dislocation of the AC Joint. I will also have an opportunity to work along side Mr NAME whose subspecialty is Shoulders, Wrists, Hands, Elbows and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. I will also be able to stand in and observe the procedures that take place in the theatres providing the patients sign a consent form. I hope to gain a lot of knowledge and clarity from my work experience in NAME. Being a doctor is one of the most time consuming, dedicating and challenging jobs there is and I along with any prospective student will have full knowledge of this, but I also realise that it can be the most rewarding feeling in the world when you are able to heal someone so they are able to pursue their life's goal. I belive that my traits give me great potential for becoming a doctor, as I am a well motivated individual with a personal love for science, I also have great communication skills which have been very useful on my year out in Australia and my ever inclining grades show my great determination to succeed in my ultimate goal. SAMPLE 17 + (2008) Failing to secure a place in medical school at 18 prompted an agonising period of self-doubt and confusion. I was forced to step back, reflect, and inevitably question the logic behind my childhood fascination. Why medicine? I now know that my less privileged socioeconomic origins triggered within me the gestation of many deep-rooted traits. Various poignant hardships-ranging from the impacts of alcoholism to time spent in foster care-amplified my devotion to succeed, and augmented my depth of compassion towards people of all backgrounds. Having an acute perception of other people's suffering led me to realise my innate altruistic tendencies: I cared more for other people's welfare than my own. Striving for a career that embraced these virtues subliminally enticed me towards medicine. Entwined with this progressive ambition came the birth of a profound scientific curiosity. I delved into anatomy and physiology books. Indeed, I recall imaginative games such as 'operating' on 3D bodies I had created, simulating blood with my mother's lipstick and adding flesh using her best red curtains! The combination of these personal and intellectual talents set my focus on medicine.

To solidify my decision to study medicine I have gained 6 months volunteer experience in the NHS. This provides me with a valuable outlook of hospital life, which can be unglamorous and stressful, yet infinitely gratifying. Close scrutiny of clinical practise illuminates my main attractions towards this career. The investigative diagnostics process is very appealing, as it fuels my hunger to learn the scientific basis of medicine. A multidisciplinary career like medicine also commands significant engagement with various clinical specialists and managers. Moreover, communication is vital to a doctor's career; adaptation of body language and vocal dynamics are key to earning a patient's trust and explaining complex information. It is also intriguing that patients routinely trust doctors with their lives. I would be immensely proud to share this bond. A negative aspect has been observing the occasional lack of respect afforded to some elderly patients. To improve this, I worked with ward managers such that volunteers now habitually encourage numerous therapeutic activities to assist the recovery period. Also, I shadowed a radiologist for 3 months, further enriching my ambitions. It was eye-opening to see how the consultant juggled dozens of tasks. I shall heed his advice, and hone my diplomatic skills to excel in the NHS. For 3 years I have worked part-time as a bingo caller to crowds exceeding 500. Customer interaction, calm authority and the ability to thrive amid diverse people are vital tools that I shall bring to medical school. My degree equips me with a competitive skill set that bears strong correlation to a plethora of medical applications. I boast cutting-edge experience in a field soon to be the epicentre of medical innovation-tissue engineering. I attained 1st place as leader of an engineering design group, using problem solving skills to explore tasks and devise unique solutions. My 3rd year lab-based project exemplified the need for time management via efficient prioritisation, and my current 4th year venture requires critical evaluation of existing literature and proficient group organisation. Personally, I unwind through a love of reading and playing piano. Further, I am presently training for the London Marathon, which demands sustained concentration and exceptional resilience. These qualities provide a firm basis to build upon at graduate medical school. I have the gift of incredible empathy. This translates into a lifelong drive to relieve suffering and restore people to normality. I cannot envisage any greater satisfaction. SAMPLE 18 + (2009) "The aim of Medicine is not to know the disease, but to relieve the suffering it causes." This quotation from Miguel Angel Garcia sums up why Medicine is my career choice. A close relative of mine fought cancer for two years. I was much younger then, and did not understand why the doctors only wanted to "make her comfortable", but now I do; and that is partly why I want to become a physician myself: not only to work on cures for various diseases but also to make ill people feel better, because, though I admire research, I first and foremost see myself as a practising physician. Also, I have been fascinated with babies and pregnant women ever since a child, so fascinated in fact that for two years running I insisted every morning on my mother telling me the story of my birth. From an early age on, then, this interest has led me gain a fair amount of knowledge on the human body and how it works. I joined the Scouts when I was six years old, and continued with them for five years. During that time, I received a First-Aid badge and was nominated "Guide" of my

group, which meant that I had to lead the way during orientation tests and hikes. These made me develop leadership, communication and organisational skills that I have used and valued ever since. More recently, I tried to volunteer at a local hospital, but the Portuguese NHS only accepts helpers over 18 years old. Instead, therefore, I volunteered at the Lisbon Zoo every weekend from December 2007 through April 2008. This experience has taught me to deal with unexpected situations, because visitors were directed to me whenever they had a question and because I met new people every week, as the volunteer body was constantly changing. I will take a First-Aid course with the Portuguese Red Cross from October 13th till 18th, and I have been accepted for a week of volunteering in the Health Centre of Sao Roque, in the island of Pico, Azores, during the month of April 2009 under the supervision of Dr. Merces Maciel. Physical welfare is very important for me, and sports play a big role in my life. I have practised swimming for 12 years and, over the course of time, I have practised other sports, such as Taekwondo and Yoga, that taught me to relax in stressful times and environments. I feel that such knowledge can be very helpful during University Exams time and while coping with the busy life of a Medical student. In school, I have always been an excellent student, with an interest not only in science-related disciplines, but also in Literature, Philosophy and languages. I have always liked reading books, such as The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks or Metamorphosis by Kafka, that introduced me to the intricacies of the mind, with which I am fascinated this year in my Psychology course. In Philosophy, I have a deep interest in Ethics, a theme I believe to be very close to Medicine. Next to Portuguese, I can speak and write English and French and can handle Spanish quite tolerably. I will sit the TOEFL on November 22nd. A trait of my personality which I think differentiates me from other applicants is my creativity. I am a very creative and artistic person; I write poetry and make short movies. Creativity is, in my opinion, a very important characteristic of a good physician, as it is a help during investigation processes and in difficult diagnosis situations. In the future, I would like to specialise in Obstetrics, Paediatrics or Internal Medicine. I have made the decision of studying in the UK because I believe that British universities rate among the finest in the world and because I want to learn from the top-people in the fast changing field of Medicine. If I am given this opportunity, I am sure that it will be a wonderful experience that I will savour and cherish for the rest of my life, and that will make all the difference when it comes to advancing my career plans. SAMPLE 19 ++(2009) My fascination with the sheer complexity of the human body, its propensity to go wrong and the application of science and technology to remedy it is the chief reason why I have chosen to study Medicine. I am intrigued by the myriad of challenges that face doctors on a daily basis, from simple influenza cases to much rarer diseases such as Necrotizing Fasciitis. My desire to help people compels me to strive to achieve my lifelong ambition of becoming a successful doctor in the ever-changing and challenging career that is Medicine. To gain a deeper understanding of what a Medicinal Career entails, I visited Christies Hospital. Here I gained an insight into how MRI and NMR machines help to detect and cure cancer. Witnessing so many terminally ill patients was at times distressing but the whole experience reinforced my desire to pursue Medicine. To further my experience I shadowed a Practice Nurse at the Manchester Royal

Infirmary for two weeks. I learnt a lot about the general workings of a hospital and what, in essence, it is like to be a doctor. I observed morning rounds; the Free Clinic, the A&E, the Colorectal Ward and various other departments. I often engaged terminally ill and elderly patients in conversation; and although the austerity and bleakness of their situation was demoralizing at times, the caring bedside manner of the doctors and nurses was truly inspiring. This placement has revealed to me the highly paced and challenging job of being a doctor; it is not merely a title so many covet; the determination, endurance and challenging decision making skills required illustrated to me what a career in Medicine truly entails. A Pharmacy I worked in for a short period helped me to realise the importance of drugs in healthcare; this position raised my awareness of the staggering number of drugs available to doctors and how one would utilize them in treating patients. Although it was a limited experience; it illustrated to me the finely honed communication skills required when handling drugs with patients. A placement I arranged for myself was at LearnDirect where I taught maths to young children. This increased my ability to portray ideas clearly and assertively. I also volunteered at a local Community Surgery where I observed a General Practitioners' daily field of work. My duties included helping with patient sanitation, wound dressing and paperwork. My desire to study Medicine is reflected in my A-level choices. My interest in the human body led me to pursue Biology at A-level; the study of disease was particularly interesting and I look forward to studying the more uncommon diseases in greater depth at University. I have greatly enjoyed Chemistry at A-level and it has significantly improved my confidence in the laboratory and my practical skills. Physics is a highly interesting and demanding subject; the arduous nature of this course has helped me to become a logical decision maker and problem solver. The determination I have displayed in completing the Maths A-level course in a single year will prove useful at University, where unfailing resolve is vital. I enjoy socialising and playing football having captained my high school to numerous successes and played for the College Football Team. Partaking in teamwork as both a member and a leader has improved my teamwork proficiency. My commitment to achieving the best was demonstrated by the fact that I gained the highest GCSE results in my high school. I have adept leadership competence, good teamwork abilities and clear communication skills which allow me to contribute ideas and arguments fluently; three feats which I believe will prove useful in being successful in the field of Medicine. I relish the opportunity to commence my career as a doctor by studying Medicine at university and very much look forward to the academic and emotional challenges it will present.

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have always aspired to work in a field which requires a great deal of drive, determination, care and compassion. It was inevitable that I would strive towards a career in medicine when first introduced to the astounding world of science. I became enticed by the workings of the world and was especially fascinated by the sheer complexity of the human body, and the diversity of the systems and functions working constantly inside of us to maintain and sustain life. An ever enquiring mind and genuine enthusiasm inspired me to study the sciences in more depth at A-Level, where my real devotion to a career in the ever-changing and greatly rewarding field of medicine flourished.

I developed a keen interest in the body's response to illness and disease during my AS-Level biology course. Independent research into pathology became evermore poignant when the focus of media coverage outlined the deterioration of our nation's health in terms of escalating instances of diabetes and heart disease arising from, for example, childhood obesity. The realisation of the magnitude of ill-health which surrounded me encouraged me to strive to make my ambition of becoming a doctor a reality. At 15 years of age, I was disappointed to learn that I was too young to gain work experience within a hospital environment. Turning a negative into a positive, I accepted the opportunity to carry out my experience at a Veterinary Hospital and feel that from this I have gained indispensable interpersonal skills, practical knowledge of clinical procedures and a logical approach to working practice. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team enhanced greatly my ability to communicate with both staff and clients alike, and observing the daunting task of giving bad news developed my ability to empathise with others. March 2007 saw my attendance at a PARTNERS student shadowing event at the University of Newcastle, where I attended a medical lecture and spoke with current medical students about their experiences of university life. This, and an overnight stay at Oxford University with many like-minded students, reinforced my aspiration to study medicine and made me aware of the need to possess the utmost determination and stamina to succeed. I attended a PreMed course in September 2007 at Imperial College, London. Practical workshops offered the opportunity of wound suturing and interpreting X-rays; lectures offered a sound picture of all that medical school and a career in the medical profession entails. A non-biased account was given of the inevitable social sacrifices required to succeed in the medical profession, and the continual academic commitment required, both pre and post graduate, to accommodate the ever developing medical advances. The need to integrate recreational and professional time management to maintain a balanced lifestyle was greatly emphasised throughout the course. My love for running shall therefore remain with me through the demanding yet supremely gratifying challenge of both medical school and the medical profession thereafter. For the past 3 years I have been and active member of St Vincent de Paul's Society; a voluntary organisation whose aim is to offer help and support to people in the local community. Focusing upon elderly care, I visit a local nursing home on a weekly basis. My confidence has spiralled as my attachment to the residents has deepened, and I feel I have gained as much pleasure from offering a friendly face, as they have from receiving one. Interaction on a one-to-one basis shows the evident importance of a holistic approach to care, which is the ethos of the nursing home. A career in medicine where life-long learning co-exists with the opportunity to rise to new challenges is a deeply exciting prospect. Invaluable skills and attributes gained in my preparations for university have affirmed my conviction that a career in the medical field would be a most challenging, yet rewarding vocation for me to pursue.

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'Sorry nurse, but what's a leg bag?' I realise that this is one of the most important

pieces of writing that I will have to produce and I find it exhilarating that it will hopefully aid me in my desire to become a doctor. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by human physiology. From aches to x-rays I always found myself asking 'Why does that go wrong?' and 'How can it be fixed?' This desire to help heal the human body and a concern for others well-being, are the main reasons for my ambition to study medicine. I have had some important and relevant work experience. For the past year, I have been accepted to help at my community hospital casualty fortnightly where I have had experience of procedures including: plaster casting, telemedicine, catheterisation and suturing. Working with the nurses has taught me the importance of teamwork and being sensitive towards patients. In addition, I worked in the GP ward for a number of months where I fed and talked to elderly patients, becoming adept at leg bag changing. From this, I have learnt that elderly people must be treated with respect and consideration. I am undertaking a Red Cross first aid course as I feel basic emergency techniques may not only help me as a doctor, but might prove valuable in everyday life. I have also been fortunate enough to shadow a consultant surgeon at ________ Royal Infirmary for 3 days. This was an excellent experience I was allowed to attend theatre and witness operations. I now understand the importance of gaining the trust of patients and to treat them as individuals, being honest with them at all times. The importance of this was reinforced by my week spent with a local GP, which also emphasised the holistic approach required in this profession. My extra-curricular achievements include The Duke of Edinburgh Award - I have attained the Bronze award and enjoyed it so much that I am now tackling the Gold head on, aiming to complete it in June 2008. Among other things, the Scheme has shown me the importance of dealing with confrontation, which, in turn, has vastly improved my team-working skills. I was honoured to be Dux of _____ Academy for S5, which emphasised to me that hard work could be rewarded. My other school activities include the 'Buddy System', which involves volunteering as a scribe for younger pupils and a 'Guardian' for new first years. This has improved my communication and interpretation skills, which are essential for a doctor. It has also taught me the importance of being responsible and accountable to others. I was voted to present a production named 'Teachers' Come Dancing'. In this I stood in front of more than 700 pupils in tuxedo attire, welcoming various groups of dancers on stage. This boosted my confidence in speaking to large crowds and presenting the show has imprinted the importance of preparation and communicating information. Finally, I have opted to run for house co-ordinator for our sixth year committee. This is a highly responsible job as it involves organising and speaking at assemblies and house events. I feel this would test my organisation and leadership skills even further. My other interests include cycling, football and badminton, in all of which I have tried to achieve something valuable, over and above the benefits of personal fitness and team membership. I raised money for charity by cycling the 'Etape Caledonia' - a gruelling 81 mile cycle. After finishing 3rd in my age group, this experience taught me persistence in the face of adversity. I have captained the school badminton team for the past 2 years, which has improved my leadership skills. In football, I regularly play in a Friday league. Although we lose efficiently every week, this regular test of my optimism and dedication is character building! Studying medicine will be a challenge I will relish. I am well motivated and determined to succeed with my recent clinical experiences only further fuelling my

desire to become a doctor.

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Medicine is an honourable and challenging vocation many aspire to. I have always envisaged working closely with people in an intellectually stimulating environment and in my opinion, a career in medicine is one of the best ways to achieve this, blending the analytical thinking of a scientist with the compassion of a carer. I love a challenge and briefly remember cavorting over Crib Goch at the age of four. This natural enthusiasm has carried over to my academic life. The feeling of accomplishment after the solving of a particularly complex problem is a rewarding experience for me and for this reason I have always liked maths and science at school. I believe my determination to get to the bottom of problems would be an advantage in medical situations, in the diagnosing and treatment of patients. Living in a rural environment, I have always had the utmost respect for nature and I have taken part in a number of ecology trips, gaining the John Muir Discovery Award. My love of nature and life in all its forms developed into a fascination with the workings of organisms, in particular the workings of the human body. A week of work experience in Wexham Park Hospital allowed me to explore this interest further by shadowing two doctors in a general ward. Here, I gained an insight into the day to day routine of a hospital doctor and the special relationship between doctor and patient. My time there clinched my decision to pursue a career in medicine as the combination of empathy and ability being put to such a good use really inspired me. I volunteered at a local care home where my tasks included helping with daily individual needs, entertaining and socialising with the residents. I became aware of, and sympathised with, the frustrations of many of the elderly, particularly those suffering with dementia. Following my scientific inclinations, I acquired work experience in a chemical lab and a hospital pharmacy. I was involved in testing solutions and calculating additions, renewing safety data sheets and observing the preparation of IV fluids, including chemotherapy drips. I accepted responsibility for a number of daily procedures and this emphasized the importance to me of both cleanliness and accuracy. I attended a clinical skills workshop where I took part in many practical activities, including mock demonstrations of keyhole surgery, suturing, CPR and inserting needles, medical procedures which I found highly interesting and motivating. My time spent in a local GP surgery allowed me to talk to the doctors about their jobs in depth and their experiences with patients and at medical school. Although confidentiality issues prohibited me from being in on the consultations, I had contact with the patients at the reception desk. This helped me to put faces to file names and illustrated the affinity many patients have with their doctors, a relationship of trust and respect I greatly admire. I have a number of responsibilities at school being a Senior Prefect, a Befriender, guiding two 1st year pupils and helping out in S1 Science classes. These duties require good organisational skills and a firm yet fair approach. I enjoy working with the younger students and this has led me to think about paediatrics as a speciality. Although I enjoy drama, swimming and judo, music is the most prominent of my extra-curricular activities. I have played my flute and clarsach at various venues; weddings, overseas concerts, festivals and in the local hospital and care homes. I often play solo but I'm also part of many musical groups, I delight in joining with

like-minded people to perform. This has boosted my own social confidence but has also made me aware of how important it is to work as a team. I genuinely appreciate the difficulties of a medical career but I know I am up to the challenge, being an enthusiastic, determined and highly motivated individual. I believe emphatically that the rewards of such a career far outstrip the adversities.

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My interest in studying medicine stemmed from a deep curiosity about the human body and a wish to work with people. As I researched what was involved in being a doctor, I realised that this was what I really wanted to do. Attending a medical careers conference at Methodist College in Belfast and work experience confirmed my desire to become a doctor. To further my insight into a career in medicine I spent a week at a health centre. Sitting in on a GP's surgery demonstrated how family doctors integrate with the community and deal with all aspects of patient health. During consultation with a bereaved patient I was able to appreciate the intimacy of the doctor-patient relationship. Afternoons with midwives, health visitors and treatment nurses at the health centre showed me how community doctors work in a team with other health professionals. The GP I shadowed also worked in endoscopy and allowed me to observe procedures. I was interested to learn in a more applied way than from textbook. After this work experience, I tried to gain caring experience at a hospital and two care homes. All told me that accepting volunteers under the age of 18 was against policy. Wanting to learn more about hospital medicine, I spent a week in a cardiology unit. I was amazed by the effect seemingly simple procedures such as coronary angiograms and stent insertions had on patient quality of life. In the cardiology follow-up clinic I noted how consultants need diplomacy and patience to sidestep complaints irrelevant to their specialty. I gained an insight into junior doctors' duties by shadowing two for a day. I learned about heart problems watching clinical physiologists run exercise stress tests and at the nurse-led Chest Pain clinic. I also shadowed a surgeon specialising in hepatobiliary disease in the Republic of Ireland. In theatre I witnessed laparoscopic cholecystectomies, a partial hepatectomy and a Whipple's procedure. I saw the same patients recovering at rounds at 7am each morning, where I observed the respective roles of the consultant, registrar, SHO, JHO and ward nurses. Last year I volunteered with Marie Curie Cancer Care every Friday, sorting and sterilising donations to their shop. The charity funds cancer research and provides palliative care. My Saturday job in a pharmacy has given me experience working with the public. My duties include delivering medication to seriously ill people (enabling me to see the role of community care) and dealing with a few difficult customers, requiring patience and good communication skills. I have applied for a further part-time job as a medical laboratory assistant in a hospital. I am an avid reader. Apart from fiction, I enjoy popular-science books by Richard Dawkins, Oliver Sacks and Michio Kaku. I keep up with news in science and medicine by reading New Scientist and the Student BMJ. As a politics student I must stay informed on current issues, helping me to develop the skills necessary for life-long

learning - a vital part of being a doctor. I have a passion for music: I can play piano and am teaching myself guitar. I am also learning to speak Italian and preparing for my driving test. I ran in the 2005 and 2007 Belfast Marathons to raise money for charity and have surfed at national level, improving my fitness and stamina. I am a certified First Aider. Being the eldest of six has given me lots of experience with children. With two classmates, I wrote and directed a play for younger students, requiring creativity, teamwork and commitment. As a school prefect I worked with pupils adjusting to their new school. I was chosen to take part in ACCESS, which focussed on teambuilding across a culture divide. I am confident and articulate, participating in the International Soroptimist Public Speaking competition. My work experience afforded me a glimpse into many health professions, but I am certain of my choice of career. I am intent on studying medicine either as an undergraduate or a graduate.

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Dear Head of neurosurgery division; After studying for 6 years, which was like a small boat passing through a river and discovering the branches of medicine, I finally reach the big see. I stopped for a while, and then I decide my way. I graduated from ***** University, Collage of Medicine in **** in June 2007, with GPA 4.48/5 "second degree honour". Then I start the internship for one year, and I finished it with an excellent evaluation. My decision of seeking a career in neurosurgery was not made in one second or to looking for shiny epithet. During the premedical years, I found the basic neurosciences interesting and challenging. This was reflecting on the medical ones, when I was giving the neurological topics more interest. But mean while, I was interested in surgical skills. For that reason I spend 3 months from my internship in neurosurgery &had an excellent evaluation, during these rotations; I read and asked about neurosurgery, especially about its subspecialties, the challenges in this field and social life. When I understand what does mean to be a neurosurgeon, I chose neurosurgery as my life career. My professional goals include the completion of a neurosurgery residency training at one of the Canadian programs. I have chosen Canada to complete my post graduate studies because of their excellent facilities, advanced research centres, high level of training and excellent reputation of their graduates. After completing my postgraduate studies and being highly specialized in one of the branches of neurosurgery, I will be proud to participate in the neurosurgical training programs in my country and to provide a high standard of care to my community. I hope my request for an assignment at your program will be considered favourable. Sincerely,

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The human body is a very remarkable thing. Astrid Alauda once said "Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one". There is no truer fact in life, I appreciate this so much I always do my best to look after myself and I want to be able to do the same for others. Two years ago when I saw a family member lying on the hospital bed with an oxygen mask over her face I felt hopeless and scared. The fragility of the human condition swept over me. I realised at this point, not only the enormous responsibility of medicine, but of the ability of the doctor to play their part and deliver their knowledge with compassion and professionalism. My desire to become a doctor stems largely from this event. Chemistry was my favourite subject at A level as it was the most challenging subject I studied. I had to be a conscientious student to succeed and this spurred me on to work to the best of my abilities. I found physics most interesting, as it explored so many diverse scientific areas which boggled the mind and kept my attention throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed mathematics as I feel I am a natural mathematician, having a logical mind. I have taken part annually in the Leeds maths challenge and achieved a silver award and 2 bronze awards. Within school I have also taken part in a student assistant programme, helping the teacher in P.E lessons which I believe gave me leadership qualities. The two weeks I have spent shadowing my local GP has developed my insight into the profession and range of patient conditions. It was apparent that a doctor deals with more than ailments and cures, a personal dimension of empathy and compassion is a foundation of good medical practice. It has been an absorbing experience and has compounded my interest in the field. I was present whilst the doctor performed minor operations, routine medical checks and consultations across the age range, from infants to the elderly. The natural diversity of a doctor's client base has encouraged me to broaden my experience. I therefore help the physically disabled students in the Enhanced Resource Base at my school and will also be starting as a volunteer at a local Nursing Home. This will afford me with vital communication skills and give me experience in patient care. I have arranged for a HOSPEX course later in the year which will involve theatre, out-patient clinics and ward work, with an opportunity to liaise with junior doctors and medical students. I have also applied to become a hospital porter so that I may get a feel of the hospital environment and an appreciation of the day to day running of different wards and departments. Effective communication skills are vital for the doctor as an integral part of the community. My time at the courier company DHL has strengthened my confidence when dealing with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in a variety of customer service situations. I function well in busy environments, under pressure and to deadlines. I am also able to speak fluent Cantonese and a Chinese regional dialect, which gives me more opportunity to speak to people in their own language. I stay active and regularly attend the gym and play both tennis and football, which helps me to manage stress and boosts my confidence. Doctors require good fitness both physically and mentally and staying active is an important requirement. Hospital doctors and GPs are faced with new challenges each and every day, but strength of character and a sound medical grounding are the cornerstones of informed practice. It is the challenge, gratification and satisfaction of being a doctor

which inspires me. An opportunity to develop the core values and adapt them to the dynamic profession of medicine is my ultimate goal.

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My decision to study Medicine stems from a deep-rooted interest in the human body, how it functions, above all what causes it to function abnormally. It is this interest that makes medicine the career for me, a decision that has been strengthened by my becoming a first aider with St John Ambulance. I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of my training in first aid and look forward to being able to put my skills into practice when on duty. St John's has also taught me the value of good communication, as only by combining first aid knowledge with good communication can a situation be handled correctly. Studying a range of sciences has taught me to analyse evidence, and draw a conclusion based on that evidence, a skill essential for doctors in making a diagnosis. I also relish the academic challenge posed by the ever-changing nature of medicine. I am prepared for continued learning long after my degree, and confronting new ethical issues arising from constant medical advancement. I like the fact that I can never know it all and there is always something new and often surprising to be discovered. In Y12 I applied for and secured one of two places available to students at @@@@@, to go to the local university, @@@@@, for a week to do a BA CREST Award. We devised and carried out our own investigation, and wrote a report on it. Making a presentation at the end helped to improve my confidence in my communication skills. To explore my interest in medicine and discover more about the medical profession I arranged to spend 3 days in @@@@ @@@@ Hospital, where I observed a variety of patients and treatments. I was fortunate to observe how minor injuries were treated and was able to experience the running of an A&E department. I have also arranged to spend time shadowing a GP in half term. As part of regularly volunteering at a local nursing home I have been able to observe several members of the health services at work including a chiropodist and have carried out my own duties such as assisting with day trips, ordering supplies, transporting and feeding residents. PreMed gave me a valuable insight into various techniques used by doctors every day, such as suturing and X-ray interpretation. PreMed also gave valuable information about training routes and UK medical courses. I have managed to secure the position as the student representative of the National Blood Service for my area. My responsibilities are to visit colleges in the area and explain the format of the donation sessions, why blood is needed, give out dates of donation sessions and answer any questions. Within school I have been part of a sixth form-led team that surveyed all of the school about their experiences of bullying and collated the results to discover where problems were and how the students felt they should be resolved. I found this helpful as I have become part of a mentoring programme, and have trained to aid younger students with any personal problems they might encounter, we have set up a safe area where they can go at lunch. I have also been given a pupil to mentor who I help with his personal and family problems. Helping at the Y6 open evening offered me a better understanding of the concerns of many pupils starting a new school; this was particularly useful as these were the problems faced by many of the pupils being mentored. In my spare time I enjoy playing the guitar, which I have been teaching myself for

six years. For the past five years I have been participating in archery in the area both socially and competitively. I have learnt to shoot the traditional English Longbow and the Mongolian bow, winning medals in several regional competitions. I also enjoy walking: last summer I successfully completed the Lyke Wake Walk, a non-stop 42-mile walk, to be completed in 24 hours, which I completed in 15. Running the Great North Run has been an exceptional challenge but in doing so I managed to raise over GBP 200 for Diabetes UK. - I submitted to Glasgow Aberdeen Leeds and Sheffield, to study medicine. I received two medicine offers from Glasgow and Aberdeen, Sheffield and Leeds both offered medical related degrees, I can remember how difficult it is to write a PS so I hope this helps and good luck with your application. SAMPLE 27 (2009) + Shadowing and working with doctors is just one of the reasons for my passion to study medicine. Unequivocally enthusiasm has derived from shear pursuit and multifaceted experiences. Having completed posts at the North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospital Bristol NHS, paying attention to the activities of doctors and staff of wide-ranging precedence; care is achieved using staff variety and multi-disciplinary approaches. Conversing with patients taught the merit of doctor-patient interaction and issues surrounding QOL. Opportunities to observe diverse surgical, monitoring and treatment interventions in disciplines, such as Orthopaedics, ICU, Nephrology and Paediatrics, one valued practice and affiliations in forecasting outcomes to achieve excellence in patient care. Having graduated from UWIC in Biomedical Sciences with Toxicology (2003) and currently pursing an M.Sc in Clinical and Experimental Medicine at UCL, where one was awarded a UCLH/UCL Biomedical Centre Scholarship; studies have emphasized core issues in analytical science and medicine. Ultimately, I seek to coordinate qualities; utilizing my investigative, scientific and interaction finesse in an empathetic role and to articulate in medicine. Latter 2003, an internship at the University of Birmingham; QEH opened. As a renal associate, attaining lab practice observing the immunological role in transplant rejection and tissue typing at the NBS, this period developed intrigue in clinical medicine. I became a member of the British Transplantation Society and aided in the hosting of its annual congress (ICC, Birmingham). Networking with specialists from diverse transplant backgrounds was an honour. In 2004, a TBMS post opened at the RUH, Bath. Recognizing disease initiates investigation; training entailed manual and automated procedures surrounding Haematology. Protocols also implemented audits and clinics; conducting clotting screening. Many patients were elderly and this made me appreciate that medicine brings variety; each individual is unique, bringing new challenges. Working in Pharmacy Plus allowed comprehension in community ailments; contact with local GPs and PCTs. This vocation brought opportunity to correspond with patients from varying backgrounds and being fluent in Punjabi encouraged me to voice concerns, where language has been a barrier. In addition, responsibility explored issues encompassing governance, teamwork, CPD, staff training and service development; consequently I wrote projects and articles, which cover specific topics in medicine and pharmacy.

Preceding UCL 2008, I arranged a position as a Research Collaborator with the University of Bristol. Given assorted responsibility; the importance of partnership between doctors and scientists was elaborated. I demonstrated leadership, supervising Japanese colleagues and further acknowledged that EBM is vital for the active doctor. Born with renal disease and having received my fourth transplant (2007); it has been a voyage of survival, strength and perseverance. How many can literally put themselves in the patient's shoes? I have acquired comprehension via endeavours and achievements. I was elected onto the Bristol Area Kidney Patient Association, where speaking at educational events to provide information on coping with disease is a custom; attend forums, where jointly patients and healthcare professionals discuss ways to improve care. This has led to an understanding of administration, function and interaction of various departments in the NHS hospital. As a member of the Renal Pharmacy Group and patient envoy for the Paediatric Kidney Advisory Group, and NHS Trust Patient Panel for North Bristol, these form an intricate component to interests. My favourite pastimes include reading the Holy Qu'ran and thrillers, fund-raising, driving, cinema, walking, playing pool and keeping fit (wrestling). Possessing a unique insight, an array of experience, and attributes, I will thrive in medicine.

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For me, a career in medicine is the perfect opportunity to stimulate my mind in a fascinating field in which I am highly motivated to succeed. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to be able to combine my caring personality with the practical aspects of the subject, and so have a major impact on people's lives. The prospect of life-long learning in a subject for which I have such an affinity excites me. I thoroughly enjoy studying A-level Biology and Chemistry and my intellectual curiosity ensures I stay well ahead of the syllabus. For example, I was recently intrigued by an article on developments in cancer treatment, discussing how antibodies can be engineered to bind to specific antigens on the surface of cancer cells, allowing attached drugs to be delivered directly to tumours, and was inspired to do further research. More inspiration to choose medicine came from participating in the Access to Medicine Course at King's College London and attending lectures given by top practitioners. A lecture on Cardiac Diseases was particularly relevant as my father suffers from angina and this prompted me to do further research into the subject. My commitment to study medicine was reinforced by a work experience placement at Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, which provided a valuable perspective on the challenges of the profession. As I spent time in the A&E department shadowing the doctors in minors, majors and resuscitation, I gained valuable insight into the roles of both junior doctors and senior consultants. As well as helping me to appreciate the emotional and physical stresses doctors are faced with daily, I saw the rewards of being able to have such a significant impact on patients' lives. As I witnessed consultations, I learned the importance of a good bedside manner, as well as the crucial role of empathy and good communication with both patients and other members of staff. I currently volunteer at a social gathering for the elderly at my local church, which has been a great opportunity to serve the elderly members. Befriending them and

ensuring they have a good time is very rewarding. I also regularly volunteer as part of the 'Welcome Team', where a friendly personality and good communication skills are essential when welcoming guests. Good team work is also crucial to the smooth running of the meetings. The residential science Summer School at Imperial College was a fantastic experience. Leading a project team required me to be proactive in planning, organising and making decisions to complete our project on time. We achieved a Silver B.A. Crest award for our 'Green Power' project and I was thrilled to receive the "Most Likely to be a Mentor Award" from the mentors. Travelling widely in India has been a great experience of life beyond my immediate environment. I attended an international boarding school (Hebron) for 3 years, which enabled me to experience a diverse range of cultures and develop independence and responsibility. Returning to the U.K. half way through Year 10 was a challenging experience, having to make friends and catch up on missed work. Hard work and determination, however, resulted in good GCSE grades and election as a prefect by students and staff. I am a keen table tennis player and play regularly at a local club as well as with my friends and family. I organise a table tennis club for the sixth form as well as an after school club where I offer coaching to beginners. This has not only been of huge enjoyment but has also helped me develop my organisational and leadership skills. I also captained the football and hockey teams at Hebron for two years. Essentially, I feel I have gained a realistic appreciation of the challenges, both emotional and physical, involved in pursuing a career in medicine, but believe that my experiences have given me the motivation and commitment to withstand such trials and enable me to succeed as a valuable member of the developing medical field.

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My passion for medicine sprouted in me at a very tender age. My father being a medical doctor(radiologist) and my mother a nurse(opthalmic medical assistant), I can say I was born in the field. As I grew up, I came to realise that the curiousity I displayed at some practices my parents usually performed gradually developed into a passion, a dream I felt complied to fulfill for it became obvious that it was the course for me to study. I had at a given period made up my mind to study petrochemical engineering, owing to the popularity of this course until a day when I told my sister and then she said "Who will then take over Dad's office?". That was the revelation. I felt 'called' to do it and it then dawned on me that my real passion was to be immersed in the practise of medicine; that which required the doctor to be a person of exception in all humility, exercising at the same time a great sense of compassion

and service. I am a music lover and for about six years now i play the piano, i have performed at some classical music concerts in various cultural centers. At the two colleges I attended, I was appointed 'Music Prefect', which is the post of responsibility given to students in charge of the music matters at school especially the choir. I served as the school organist (they are all mission colleges) and we(music prefects) led the choir to a good number of choral competitions. It was indeed an enriching experience of leadership and it helped me out as I fostered my knowledge of music. The liturgy at our school parish and an acapella group were some activities I undertook out of school. During the holidays I spend quality time at my father's clinic to grasp some facts, concepts and ideas that keep me expanding my medical vocabulary. He has at his clinic an Xray machine, a mammogram and a Voluson 3D Doppler ultrasound machine which have helped me to appreciate medicine from the point of medical imaging. A career in medicine where life-long learning co-exists with the opportunity to rise to new challenges is a deeply exciting prospect. Precious skills and attributes gained in my preparations for university have affirmed my conviction that a career in the medical field would be a most challenging, yet rewarding vocation for me to pursue

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Living in two different countries has been a blessing, but not without its challenges; I have spent most of my life in either the United Kingdom or the XXXXXXXXXX. The contrasts in culture and lifestyle have been pivotal in making me the person I am today, giving me a more informed view of the World and its diversity. My experiences abroad have allowed me to relate to different people with ease, which will assist me significantly when I become a medical doctor. Eager to familiarise myself with a clinical environment, I participated in shadowing at a private clinic for a few months. I observed the departments of Radiology, Laboratory, Dermatology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Physiology and the Pharmacy, whilst also taking the opportunity to converse with the doctors and nurses regarding a medical career. The placement enabled me to witness the importance of effective communication and trust in the patient-doctor relationship, as well as the level of cooperation within the medical team. Alongside this invaluable experience, I also completed a First-Aid course, which has given me confidence in treating minor injuries, burns and implementing CPR during emergencies. Medicine is a humanitarian-based science, and I believe that such an interpersonal and rewarding career is the one for me. To apply this ethos, I am volunteering at the Autistic Unit of the XXXXXXXX Centre, a special-needs school for children founded by XXXXXXXXX. I currently work with a small group of children, and assist the teacher

in improving their motor skills, co-ordination and language proficiency through both individual and group activities. The position has given me an insight into the innate level of care and dedication required to nurture those with developmental disorders, and how lasting progress can only be achieved through patience. I thoroughly enjoy being with them, and I hope my contributions to the centre will make a profound difference in the childrens lives. During my gap year, I am also working as a science technician at my previous school, as well as home-tutoring secondary-school students. These part-time roles have given me the opportunity to earn and motivate those I assist to improve themselves. My choices at A-Level reflect the skills that I believe are vital for studying medicine. Biology, Chemistry and Physics all enhanced both my knowledge and appreciation of science, whilst Mathematics allowed me to practice problem-solving with a logical approach, and Applied ICT improved my proficiency with computer-based systems. Whilst studying in school, I took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, where our expedition took us to XXXXXXXX. By being responsible for our group during the outdoor excursions, the expedition allowed me to develop my team-building and communication skills, as well as reaffirming my enthusiasm for the outdoors. I had also participated in a 5-aside football Charity Cup by placing a team in the tournament. As the captain, I was responsible for the team's performance, arranging training sessions and raising the team's spirits; an experience which greatly enhanced my leadership and organisational skills. My main sporting passions are Taekwondo and swimming; I currently hold a red belt (second-highest ranking) after 6 years of training, and have entered various tournaments with the squads. However, I also enjoy playing football, tennis and weightlifting, and I will continue to develop these interests in university. I am determined to fulfil my ambition to become a medical doctor; throughout the past few years, this deep-seated aspiration has only strengthened with time. My dedication towards helping others will guide me through the life-long acquisition of knowledge and experience. Through compassion and diligence, I will strive to make a valued contribution to both society and the medical profession itself.

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Medicine for me is a unique profession in that it does not discriminate in its universality of application. It has therefore captivated me as a challenging field of continuous learning that allows me to explore my love of science in a way that is beneficial to humanity. I enjoyed my AS biology module lungs and ventilation and being asthmatic myself, I developed a curiosity for the cause of asthma. Through reading around this topic I found that asthma is a multi-factorial condition that can be prevented through the avoidance of triggers, such as pollen and dust. There is currently no cure for asthma, although relievers are available. There are many conditions that have no available medications; but they are not the only option of treatment. To broaden my understanding of medicine I have completed several work experiences. The most memorable being, shadowing paediatricians for a week at Wellington Way health centre and helping out at Beatrice Tate School. I observed

many clinical assessments where I learnt to appreciate the importance of understanding between doctors, patients and their relatives. During one assessment I witnessed a father become defensive and unwilling to accept the diagnosis of his child, through adequate explanation, care and consideration his anxieties were alleviated. My experience at Beatrice Tate School is one that will stay with me for a long time. I was given the opportunity to temporarily look after a six-year-old disabled girl; despite it being challenging I managed to keep her entertained and engaged in play activities. It was rewarding to see her smile and interacting with me, which taught me that, patients should be treated and referred to as people not medical conditions. During my placements I learnt the concept of respite care and the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Although it is important to work hard and strive to learn new things to perfect your profession, it should not prevent developing hobbies, interests and relationships. Pursuing my hobby of perfecting my video and photo-editing skills, is also important for my photography course. I also attend the gym twice a week to maintain my health and fitness. I have participated in organising various charity events including a sponsored walk to Gladstone Park in December 2006 to raise money for the charity water for life. It was a long uphill walk on a cold day people became tired and dispirited. Using my initiative I encouraged and motivated those who were lagging behind to keep up with those ahead until the course was completed. Volunteering at the school library where I organize and laminate expensive books has allowed me to build on fine motor skills. Through offering classroom support in year9 science lessons I have enhanced my ability to simplify complex material. Baby-sitting children as young as 3 months old for family and friends has allowed me to become more tolerant and able to put the needs of others before my own. Through my work experiences and extracurricular activities I feel that I have demonstrated the skills and qualities necessary for a career in medicine. Although I am aware of the hard work required for studying and practising medicine, I believe it is continuously stimulating and immensely rewarding. It provides the sense of satisfaction and fulfilment enshrouded in a high moral position.

SAMPLE 32 (2008)
rowing up in a country where a terrorist war has been raging for a quarter century,has uncovered the depths of poverty where medical care and facilities are woefully inadequate. This,combined with my interest in Science, and my desire to assist people have inspired me to choose medicine. My interest was aroused during work experience at Sri Jayawardhanapura Hospital and the Apollo Hospital Colombo,where I got an insight into the life as a doctor.It became very evident to me the meaning of team effort in medical care after observing the skilled medical team work in the theatre. I witnessed with curiosity the operation on a child suffering with a 'hole in the heart',a hernia operation and caesarean sections, where the incredible delight on the face of a mother and surgeon after the successful delivery of a baby,left me astounded. I also appreciated how different departments in a hospital working in synchronization helped patient care. Observing the performance of an ECG in the ER,an endoscopy,Ultrasound and CT scans in the radiology unit,made me value how new advances in technology support effective diagnosis. Shadowing a physician during ward rounds led me to understand that the key to a strong doctor-patient relationship was listening. Talking to doctors made me realize that a career in medicine is exhilarating, with it's incredibly varying routine which comes with sacrifices,hard work and immense responsibilities as there

will be human lives dependent upon me. My appetite for acquiring scientific knowledge is reflected in my choice of A/L subjects. Biology and Chemistry being my favourites,are fundamental to medicine while Mathematics and Physics have enhanced my problem solving skills. My curiosity in Medical issues lead me to read articles in the student BMJ and visit medical exhibitions where I have absorbed a great deal of facts which I find appealing. The transition from studies in my mother tongue Sinhalese,to the English medium after my local O/L's, was challenging to me but nonetheless I've managed to continue with high grades. Competing at team events during sports meets have taught me the significance of loyalty and team work,while a regular swim keeps me fit and relaxed. Facing speech exams, winning prizes in drama have enhanced my communication skills which are vital to the profession. Performing in English days,playing the Violin in the orchestra,singing in competitions and concerts as a member of the school choir,has given me the pleasure of working with others; and performing in front of an audience has raised my confidence. I excelled in theory of music exams as a prize winner and passed with distinction the senior certificate in music. I was an active member of the environmental society contributing to increase awareness of environmental diversity and appreciating nature through tree planting programmes and trips to lagoon areas. As a member of the social services society my acute concern led me to contribute towards projects which included visits to elder's homes, orphanages and collecting funds for projects such as the 'Mithuruwela' cancer project, among many others. I enjoyed being in the committee for 'Christmas with Orphans'. During one vacation I visited a home for teenage mothers run by 'Sarvodaya'. The inmates were victims of rape and I conversed with them with empathy, lifted their spirits, organized games while teaching them English. I recently received a certificate of merit from Help Age Sri Lanka for raising funds for the needy aged in my country. I am also a certified first aider. During my gap year I hope to engage in voluntary work activities and get further work experience at a government run hospital where resources are limited. Given the opportunity to read medicine in the UK where the degrees are renowned worldwide, I will strive to the best of my abilities and return to Sri Lanka with the skills and training that will equip me to serve the underprivileged as a successful Doctor.

SAMPLE 33 (2009)
Medicine is an ever growing, ever changing field. Doctors and researchers can spend their whole lives trying to find a cure for a disease only to realise that when they have, a new disease takes its place and hence the cycle begins again. This is just one of the many reasons why I believe that medicine is such a unique and distinctive field, because there is no beginning, no end and therefore you never stop learning. In order to gain a realistic insight into the life of a doctor I organised some work experience within a hospital. I worked with different people including surgeons and junior doctors. I went on ward rounds, sat in an outpatient clinic, and observed live surgery. From all these different angles of medicine I understand that in order to enter such a diverse field you need to be adaptable and flexible in order to meet the demands of such a hectic career. Teamwork was essential throughout the whole week and was a major factor for all the medical staff. When having a conversation with the surgeon I was amazed when he mentioned the prospect of having surgery without making incisions. This

illustrates the advancement of medicine; we have gone from making large incisions to keyhole surgery and now to having no incisions. Attending a medical conference at ______ University allowed me to enhance my knowledge on what life as a medical student entailed. One to one conversations with doctors, and medical students demonstrated the reality of a career in medicine. From this experience I appreciate that you cannot simply become a doctor and help people. An immense amount of dedication and perseverance is required to reach this stage, however I believe that I have the motivation required to become a useful member of the medical profession. I am a regular volunteer at both the Deaf & Blind Society and ______ Hospice. I am often placed in charge of organising activities for the Society. By working here I realised that it is the little things that really make the difference in the patients' lives, and also shows me the reality of the patients and their families who have to cope with a loved one having a terminal illness. Having to cope in high pressure situations such as these has allowed me to realise the stresses and strains that come with being a doctor. From both these experiences I understand how vital empathy & a sense of humour is when it comes to dealing with the patient and trying to make the best out of the bleakest situation. My communication and public speaking skills have been demonstrated by being an active member of the debating team. The rebuttals during the debates have definitely enhanced my ability to be able to think on the spot. Having to work with the team has improved my listening skills greatly, which is beneficial as being a doctor requires listening to the patients express their views and explain their symptoms. Mentoring younger children in science has developed my organisation and planning skills. Having to be prepared every week with a new presentation or activity allowed me to think ahead and also increased my creativity skills, as I had to prepare something that my mentee would find informative but also exciting. I'm an active member of the local gym, which helps me to unwind. I am currently taking cooking classes, which I also enjoy. Balancing many different activities has developed my time management skills and given me one of the most essential tools for as challenging as medicine. I understand that doctors are only human and can only help their patients to a limit; however I would be privileged to enter such an exceptional field and be part of this unique team. Although a career in medicine requires 100% concentration, I believe I am a determined enthusiastic individual who rises up to challenge and has the skills that are vital to managesuch a demanding course as medicine.

SAMPLE 34 (2009)
I'm the sort of person who doesn't like to give up on something if I know I can achieve it. After finding a broken laptop in a bin I decided to take it home and repair it. I was advised by computer experts that it was a lost cause as the laptop was irreparable. However after a week of researching the problem I had sourced a replacement part and had repaired the laptop, which I am now using for my honours year in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Dundee. You may be thinking to yourself at this moment, "Why Medicine?" Well from an early age I have been fascinated by the workings of the human body, which is far more complex and interesting than a computer. At school I focused on science, as I enjoyed the challenge of solving problems, rationalising results and getting the rewards of a conclusion. This reinforced my interest in medicine as a career and prompted me to take the opportunity of a work placement in a local GP surgery working in the

reception. It felt rewarding helping the public by doing seemingly trivial things like talking to patients and helping them. The experience was short and left me craving more so I decided to organise a fortnight shadowing a consultant cardiologist in hospital the following summer. This submersed me deeper into the medical environment by letting me see many aspects of medicine. I enjoyed the added freedom of being able to communicate more with patients and empathise with them. The most memorable part for me was watching operations like an Angiogram and Angioplasty which were fascinating to me because they were simple, quick and effective at dealing with patients suffering from coronary disease, a problem increasing in our society today. When I reached university I decided to take an accelerated life sciences degree in a medically related field. I enjoyed the benefits of working on cadavers and getting a more insightful view on the workings of the human body and how fragile it is. However it lacked the clinical aspects of medicine which I am really interested in. For my dissertation project this year I decided to base it in the field of Systems Biology. This combines my interests of biology and computer science. I can then discuss how these disciplines are used to model complex metabolic systems in the cell in order to gain a better understanding of them and the benefits this knowledge will bring to medicine. As well as academics I have taken on other responsibilities this year. I enrolled as a student support assistant, living in halls to give pastoral care to around five hundred students. This involves me regularly checking up on the halls community and providing comfort and support to any of the students feeling vulnerable or down. It has allowed me to develop my inter-personal skills more and benefit the student community. When I am not busy with studies or other responsibilities I like to relax through my extracurricular activities including walking, swimming, golf and the student societies. I enjoy listening to and playing music, in particular the guitar which I taught myself and thereafter organised a charity rock concert for Water Aid in which my band played at the end of show and did a good job of clearing the audience out! Now I am an active member of the bands society helping out in the running of events for them and taking part myself. Being a team player is also important in the medical environment. At school I was a member of the cadets and had gained the rank of Sergeant meaning I was responsible for the organization and welfare of twelve cadets allowing them to complete tasks together effectively. For the three years that I have been at university it has allowed me to enjoy many experiences and has given me time to reflect on myself and my motives for a career in medicine. I am driven and prepared to handle a challenging but rewarding course and I hope that I will be able to realise my full potential and perform in a role that is productive for both myself and society.

SAMPLE 35 (2009)
Failing to secure a place in medical school at 18 created a seed of uncertainty and self-doubt in my mind. It made me question my childhood dream and I asked myself, why do I want to study medicine? Is it because of money? Is it to boost my public image? And then the answer hit me like a bullet, I did not choose medicine for the money or the fame but I chose it because I made a promise after a visit to my homeland, Somalia, that I would choose a path where I can be a great influence in someone's life by helping them physically and emotionally. I could not think of any other career that would enable me to do this at a whole new level except medicine. That visit to Somalia changed my way of thinking and I am glad, because seeing less fortunate people around me who had no income to provide themselves with good

healthcare, made me feel a pain in my heart that I never felt before. This pain made me more determined than ever to try to better the lives of human beings around the world and I admire doctors because I believe that they are the richest people in the world, in the sense that, they do something that is very fulfilling and it seems that nothing else would make them as happy. It would be a great honour for me to be a part of this phenomenon. To further solidify my decision to study medicine, I did work experience in a cardiology department of a NHS hospital. Being in the hospital, I saw how different people from other professions interacted with each other to treat a patient. For example, in the catheter cardiac laboratory department, there were doctors, nurses, radiographers and cardiovascular technicians all working for one purpose, the wellbeing of their patients. By working closely with them, I was able to see how important it is to work well in a team and also how important good communicational skills are. I also the love the thrill of diagnosis because it is the most important part in the treatment of a patient and most of the diagnoses are made by talking to a patient. In the hospital, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to talk to a cardiac patient and this not only provided me with priceless communicational skills, but it stressed how important good communication is in gaining the trust of a patient. Working in the NHS showed me that life in the hospital can sometimes be unspectacular and demanding but can also be immensely self-fulfilling. I also spent a week shadowing my local GP and I was able to observe doctor-patient consultations and also see how my GP diagnosed his patients. Having gained an invaluable insight into the daily routine of a cardiologist and a GP has both consolidated and enhanced my conviction for the profession. I also work as a volunteer for an organisation known as STAR, which stands for student action for refugees. It is important that students and young people have time, energy and enthusiasm to give to supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Since I am a refugee myself I know the difficulties an asylum seeker faces and it is a great feeling knowing that I can make a difference to someone's life for the better. My job mainly involves teaching refugee children at a community centre near Battersea and I am a group leader for year 6 students. This placement has given me the opportunity to enhance my skills as a leader of a group and it is also a rewarding experience as it helped me develop into a more caring and organised person. In my spare time I play football and it requires determination, organisation and good communicational skills. I also like to read fictional books such as noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It talks about how important it is to always stand up for something a person believes in and how a society can be changed for the good by fighting for what is right, which is a philosophy I strongly believe in. Becoming a doctor has always been my ambition and being a part of it will be rewarding and a real privilege.

SAMPLE 36 (2009)
I choose to study medicine as I believe that every person should contribute to the future by doing what they aim to do best. Individuals attempt to create or discover something new and to improve previous innovations. Every generation has its role in shaping mankind. There are a number of ways through which one can play a significant part in society. Striving for personal achievement which, when acknowledged, inspires me to collaborate with others towards accomplishing remarkable outcomes. Medicine is what preserves lives, thus gives us the chance to make the most of what the world offers with good health standards. The human

body and mind possess an incredible amount of functions, many of which yet have to be learned and understood. I consider medicine to have its essential foundations in both science and art. As a Science, it enables us to investigate and research further. On the other hand, applying skills in order to cure somebody is the artistic part of medicine. I have committed myself to a variety of work experiences that have helped me become self-assured about building my future in medicine. Doctors have to be confident to accept the responsibility that is handed on to them through a patient's trust and loyalty. I have worked as a translator in a local centre for the disabled where I also was a master of ceremony for the World Weightlifting Championship in fluent Czech, English and Russian. Here, I encountered disabled people whose courage and enthusiasm for life became my motivation for success. As a receptionist in a hotel, I received positive feedback from clients on my communicational skills which I believe is an asset for a doctor. Being a student, I am stimulated to broaden my knowledge, but I find that my ability to teach others is what shapes me the most as a learner. I worked as a teaching assistant and directly lead classes of English and ICT in a Czech local school. Teaching made me aware of the patience I needed to develop towards slower learners. My participation in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village Project in Macedonia made me become a more caring individual who sees her future in working with people. It also encouraged me to continue with voluntary work so I am planning to participate in another project with them soon. Finally, I spent the summer of 2008 working in the ***, in the Ukraine, where I conducted my IB extended essay. I researched the effects of shiatsu massages. I wanted to emphasize the importance of applying knowledge of human physiology with traditional Chinese medicine. This research put me in direct contact with patients which proved to be a rewarding experience. I learned one has to enter this field prepared to accept possible medical failure, nevertheless, at the same time, to keep up the determination to continue. I work hard to achieve what I want insuring exceptional results. When I learned that I had a chance to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, I was challenged to compete and seized the moment. With a full scholarship I am now able to access the diversity of the curriculum. This possibility enhanced my fascination towards the biochemistry of human life. I am a young individual who enjoys indulging in anything that life has to offer sports, music, social events as well as synthesizing knowledge and previously learnt skills. I believe, to some extent, one is a master of his/her life and whatever our ambitions are, we will reach for them as long as we stay self-focused and motivated to never give up. I am confident about my strengths, therefore I know that I have the ability to become a respected doctor but to persuade others about this claim, I need to be given an opportunity to acquire the knowledge it takes to become one.

SAMPLE 37 (2008)
For most of my life, I lived in Uzbekistan. When I was there, my passion for medicine was triggered when I shadowed a doctor at a hospital and gained an insight into the demands of the profession. My roles involved helping the patients to move wards, giving assistance to the doctor and nurses and comforting the patients, when needed. I got interested in the secrets of the human body and its mechanisms. I have read books, such as Michael Foxton's 'Bedside Stories', which made me appreciate how hard the work of a junior doctor is, but made me even keener to face the challenges. I became fascinated by the Genetics of Medicine when I read the 'Seven Daughters of Eve' by Bryan Sykes and 'When a gene makes you smell like a

fish' by Lisa Seachrist Chiu. I am keen to further my studies of Biology and Chemistry, because I believe that this will allow me to pursue a career in Medicine. In order to gain more experience in this field, I have applied for a place on a Mini Medical School Course at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. I am also due to undertake a work experience placement at a GP surgery at the beginning of October in order to get some "hands on" experience in the UK to complement my academic studies. In addition, I have started training at St John's Ambulance. I am excited about continuing my work there as I find the opportunity to help people very rewarding. At the moment, I am studying A-level Biology, Chemistry and History. I have already successfully completed A2 Russian, achieving one of the top ten highest grades nationally. I love Chemistry and Biology and find their combination fascinating; these make you understand how the small molecules in our body, such as haemoglobin, can affect our behaviour and health. Whilst in Uzbekistan I learnt how to work independently and complete my own research, as support for science studies there was limited. In spite of the difficulties I faced, my passion for medicine has inspired me to continue my studies in science I speak three languages fluently (English, Russian and Armenian) and I think that this will help me to communicate with a wide range of people and relate to people from different backgrounds and nationalities. Throughout the year that I have lived in the UK, I have taken advantage of many opportunities to work with young people and children. I have been a volunteer at the North of England Refugee Service, within the Youth Integration Project, for one year now and have a 400 hours volunteering certificate. During this time, I have developed leadership skills as a youth facilitator, working with children aged 11-15. At the moment, I am completing the Silver Youth Achievement Award to gain accreditation for my achievements in youth work. I have taken responsibility to organise activities and sessions for young people and believe that this will help me in the future, as I have developed the skills to lead groups of people. Furthermore, volunteering at NERS has helped me to learn how to work as part of a team. I enjoyed working with children, as I experienced enormous joy when watching them grow in their talents and achieve. Combined with my love for medicine this made me understand that I want to spend my life working with children in medicine, so now I am seriously considering Paediatrics as a career option. In addition to Medicine, I have other interests, such as music and drama. I love singing and I play in musical theatre at The Sage Gateshead, having performed in public many times. I have sung at the Barbican in London at the opening of the Cultural Olympiad, as part of Youth Music Voices. It was one of the best experiences I have had and I am hoping to continue with music and drama in the future. I would love to work as doctor and face the challenges of this wonderful profession. I believe that everyone in the world deserves the right to health care and I hope to contribute to society and benefit the next generation.

SAMPLE 40 + (2009)
From a very early age I have been fascinated by the workings of the human body, an extraordinary machine with such remarkable functions that it still cannot be artificially reproduced using any kind of modern technology! My love for science and the human

body was initially sparked when in 1997 my younger sister had a convulsion, lingering on the threshold between life and death. I was merely 6years old when my father rang for an ambulance and was instructed, if necessary, to cut my sisters throat in certain places. "Cut her throat?! Will she not die?" were my immediate reactions but we were saved the pain of taking such drastic action as the medical team arrived in time to save her. Later, I learned cutting throats was not only a way to take lives, but also a way of saving lives, and from that moment onwards the thirst to learn more about the human body was born within me. As I have become more educated in the world of science I have come to realise what a challenging and rewarding life a doctor has, creating in me a desire to work alongside those people who saved my sisters life all those years ago. After speaking with several doctors, I have come to realise how highly respected and hard-working they are by saving the lives of complete strangers, yet they expect no gratitude in return. This, in my opinion, is the most satisfying career possible. I have always been fascinated by science. This has been reflected in my secondary school grades as I have constantly been able to compete for the top spot. I have taken part in various activities for Gifted Students, and in 2005 I was asked to take part on a 3day scientific trip to Wales for The Most Gifted and Talented Pupils in Bolton to represent my school. It was a wonderful experience and I was reassured becoming a doctor was the right choice for me. I believe I have developed many skills necessary for anyone wishing to follow a medical career; for the past 4 years I have been responsible for organising outings for students at school and college during which I have improved my social, communication and organisation skills. Being a dedicated and determined member of the badminton team and the local gym, I have further enhanced my social and team-working skills. In the summer holidays, I went to Pakistan. During my two months there, I volunteered to work in the local hospital. I was constantly put under the pressure a large hospital faces, but rather than 'run away' I learned how to adapt to such situations. This experience has made me realise what working under such conditions feels like and I am thankful for the valuable

experience I have gained. To further my insight and understanding of medicine, I have applied for work experience at a Doctors Surgery which I am sure will benefit me enormously. Ever since my elder brother and sister left for University, my responsibilities at home have increased. I am responsible for my diabetic father and asthmatic brother. I make sure medications are taken at the correct times, medications are always available and, in the case of my younger brother, the temperature must always be perfect as any decreases in the temperature may trigger his asthma attacks. This has made me realise how much I enjoy looking after others. My A-level subjects are, I believe, crucial for a good doctor. Having the knowledge to obtain a complete mathematics A-level after just one year of hard work has done wonders for my problem-solving and logical skills as well as teaching me how to push my self to my very limits. Both Biology and chemistry have educated me further in science, as well as improving my analytical skills and maintaining my interest in medicine. The road to becoming a practicing doctor is a long and demanding one, but I believe I have the necessary ability, commitment and motivation to succeed. I am absolutely certain I can achieve my life-long goal and one day have the chance to stand proud alongside my fellow doctors.

SAMPLE 41
have always had a special interest in scientific and medical matters. My father died from lung cancer when he was just 29 years old. This did not make a lot of sense to me at the time and it wasn't until I was older that I was able to understand this properly. It did, however, pique my interest in medicine and healthcare in general. For a while I considered a career in Biological Research or Pharmacy, but felt that these careers had less communication with the public than I wanted. Then, two years ago, my Grandfather had a colostomy following bowel cancer. I watched his treatment and really felt inspired to become a doctor, perhaps even specialising in Oncology. In order to learn more about the hospital environment, whilst helping others in the community, I have been a hospital volunteer (a Robin) for a year now. My role entails helping the nurses with minor jobs such as serving meals and drinks, running errands etc. I spend a lot of time with the patients, listening, talking and reading to them; This has been the most rewarding part but the whole experience has improved my ability to communicate and empathise with others. My sixth form work placement was spent in hospital on different wards and with a

local surgery. From it, I gained insight into the many specialties of medical practise. Some more memorable moments included surgery: a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and being able to practise using an endoscope on a dummy, which is more difficult than it looks! In the Oncology Outpatients Department, I sat in on consultations with patients in various stages of treatment. Before leaving, I got a chance to speak to the Doctors. They gave valuable advice and encouragement to pursue my own career in medicine. For several years I have taken part in the Prestatyn Youth Arts Festival. I have achieved first place in various competitions and after winning the recitation, I was asked to perform in the Mayors Show at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre. I was also elected as Youth Chair of the Festival, with the task of helping to advertise, organise and give speeches at the opening and close of Performances. These activities have not only boosted my confidence and ability to communicate with people, but they have also helped to develop leadership qualities. During term time, I work in a 'Buddies' scheme for Year 6 and 7 children, listening to and correcting them, while they read. I also help children with learning difficulties. This can be quite demanding at times, but extremely rewarding. In my spare time, I love playing, and listening to music. Having studied both the Piano and Clarinet, I have achieved Grade 5 and Grade 3 respectively, as well as Grade 5 theory. I have been a member of the School Orchestra and played at many different functions, such as the School Concert and at the Christmas Lights Festival. I work part time in Sainsbury's. It's great working as part of a team and the job is varied and interesting. I am a voracious reader and enjoy all kinds of books. Recently I read 'Stiff' by Mary Roach and 'Blood and Guts' after watching the television series on BBC 4. I have two young Flat Coated Retrievers and they have boundless energy, so I spend a lot of time walking and training them. We're still improving!! I see a career in medicine as a great challenge. It's a field that's ever changing and advancing with new and improved treatments and cures; I'm dedicated to applying myself as an undergraduate and will pursue my goal to become a doctor.

SAMPLE 42(2009)
he enthusiasm I have for the sciences - specifically Chemistry - encouraged me to think about my future career and how a chemistry-related degree could be a possibility for me. I have always enjoyed maths and science throughout my education and I have recognised that I can combine both in a career in pharmacy. I believe pharmacy to be a fast-developing profession and recognise that pharmacists are heavily involved in the introduction of new medicines for all kinds of illnesses, and I find the prospect of working in this field inspiring. The opportunity of studying a language-based subject (French) as well as scientific subjects has allowed me to study other cultures and their ways of life while, at the same time, developing my confidence and communication skills.

In chemistry I particularly enjoyed learning about the composition of molecules, their different functional groups and also instrumental analysis - I was intrigued mostly by these because they allow you to see the chemistry 'in action'. During one module I especially enjoyed learning how specific parts of molecules and medicines affect certain organs which then relates to what I am studying in biology on the subject of the simultaneous functions of organs and the way in which one small change can have a huge impact on the body much like in the manufacturing and administering of medicines. I recently benefited from visiting a local pharmacy for a work experience placement which I found invaluable. I thoroughly enjoyed the insight into working as a pharmacist and I can appreciate the amount of effort that goes into running a community pharmacy. I carried out numerous tasks such as shelving new orders of drugs and I learnt to distinguish between some generic and branded drugs. I was also pleased to be given the responsibility of making up prescriptions - which included finding, counting out and checking the correct dosage of the required medication. I feel that I coped well with the increased amount of responsibility. Currently, I am finishing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and aim to achieve the Silver Award soon. The expeditions indubitably forced us to come together as a team and it was inspiring to observe - I certainly matured as an individual during this time and found it to be unquestionably beneficial towards my social skills. I am an active member of the Sixth Form Council. I regularly attend meetings and provide input into Sixth Form issues and fund-raising activities, allowing me to confidently speak out in front of my peers and voice my opinions. Last year I regularly helped special needs pupils in the lower years with aspects of their education they struggled with, particularly reading and writing. I also spent two weeks work experience at a primary school during which I helped the children in everyday work. These experiences have involved interactions with various types of people and prove to have greatly boosted my confidence. Another responsibility delegated to me, when I attended the Girl Guides, was frequently assisting with the younger division of Brownies and in running 'Bring and Buy' sales. In my spare time I take pleasure in playing musical instruments, socialising, reading and running - which I find crucial to help me deal with stress. I am accomplished in

playing both the clarinet and piano, and I am a member of the Gwent Youth Orchestra. I have played at a vast number of events including the prestigious National Festival of Music for Youth. I also play the piano in a jazz band and we are often requested for various functions. My school has also given us the tremendous opportunity to perform abroad in the last couple of years, and I have visited both Prague and Barcelona during which we performed numerous concerts - one of which was even in the famous Sagrada Familia church. I found these trips to be immensely enjoyable and they undeniably developed not only my confidence and musical ability but also me, as a person. SAMPLE 42 hen I was a child, I always dreamt of a career in the Humanities. I loved languages and Literature. As I grew up and began studying subjects in more depth, this love became overshadowed by my love for the sciences. I was fascinated by the amount of information that could be acquired, by how much humans could learn about themselves. The only thing I found more intriguing than this information, was what could be done with it. There was clearly a beauty in being able to use acquired knowledge to save a life or ease somebody's pain. Slowly, a career in Medicine began to appeal to me and as the years went by, it became the only career I could consider. Having six younger siblings helped me on my way to early maturity, vigilance and becoming a caring person. I had many duties and was looked upon to shoulder a great amount of responsibility. I always made sure I performed to the best of my abilities. This led me to be given many responsibilities at school too. I was crowned Exemplary Pupil from the year 2000 to 2005 and was also made a prefect. I also translated articles for the school magazine and helped out with the school elections. I had to learn how to juggle all this with my GCSE's too. At the time of my GCSE's, I was living in Saudi Arabia and the school I attended was Arabic Medium. This meant that the only way I was able to do my GCSE's was by doing them at home with little help. It taught me how to be an independent student and gave me an in depth education in two languages up to secondary level. While I was still living in Saudi Arabia, I looked for a way to understand being a doctor and caring for others as much as possible. I was very grateful to be allowed to shadow a team of neurosurgeons at The National Guard Hospital. For the first time, I saw real life medicine. It was brought to my attention how accurate and observant doctors must be. Being a doctor was a combination of being professional, compassionate and diligent, while never forgetting to smile and offer patients words of support, no matter how promising or hopeless the situation seems. My attraction to the profession increased. I was also allowed to observe a surgical procedure, the insertion of a VP shunt into a baby with Hydrocephalus. The procedure was quite short, but I left in wonder and wishing for more. During the summer, I began volunteering with Birmingham Focus on Blindness for ten hours a week, where the majority of service users suffer from multiple disabilities. Every day I spend in the organization, I learn so much about caring for

those who need it. The self-gratification I feel every time I am able to assist a service user is one of the strongest emotions I've experienced. I plan to spend my gap year as productively as possible. I am preparing to spend at least a month in Ghana, assisting in an orphanage. I hope this will allow me to be a positive impact in the lives of the children there. On my return, I will continue helping at Birmingham Focus on Blindness and intend to get a job at a care home, where I hope to gain further insight into the healthcare system. I also plan to use my gap year to explore my current hobbies, cooking, exercising and novel writing in more depth and hope to take on new challenges, which include skydiving and learning British Sign Language. Being a career which combines scientific knowledge with care work, I see Medicine as the way to live my life to the fullest, doing the things I love best. I feel that I will be an efficient doctor and hope that I will bring much happiness to my future patients. I hope to make an impact on the world, by making a positive impact on as many lives as possible and offering all I have.

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survived. Born 6 weeks premature, if it wasn't for medicine, I may not have lived. From the earliest stages I have had a fascination with the sciences and my first 'Encyclopaedia of Science' incited an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding of these subjects. Some bad advice at the age of 17 persuaded me to study for a law degree. My enthusiasm for this subject gradually diminished and a return to a science orientated degree was what I desired. As an Undergraduate of Biomedical Science, I now believe I have a formidable platform upon which I can move on to pursue a medical career. I want a career that is dynamic and centered on a strong scientific background, which can be applied whilst interacting with patients in a clinical surrounding on a daily basis. In order to explore my fascination with medicine I have undertaken varied and relevant work experience, in both a hospital and a care home. Whilst working at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, I had the opportunity to shadow current medical students, where I learn't various procedures such as catheter and cannula insertion, in addition to playing an active role in practical demonstrations using SimMan. Shadowing junior doctors on the Gastroenterology Ward allowed me to begin to understand the structure of a hospital. I was able to appreciate the high level of teamwork required between the consultant and other healthcare professionals. This ensured the treatment given to patients was both efficient and effective. I was privileged to have the opportunity to interact on a one to one basis with patients, which enabled me to tailor my communication skills to suit the patient and their situation. My time in hospital concluded with a presentation, which I presented to the junior doctors and a consultant regarding my experience, which further enhanced my communication skills. I gained great admiration for the consultant, who was able to instill belief and reassurance within his patients, even in the most extreme circumstances. Equally, my time spent at Viewfield Care Home allowed me to converse with patients on a regular basis, whilst developing my nursing skills. Both these experiences gave me an extensive insight into the fundamental characteristics which a doctor must possess, namely being caring, competent and approachable at all times, all of which I believe are key qualities of my personality. Reflecting upon these experiences has reinforced my desire to pursue a career in medicine, for which I now have resolute determination.

Beyond the academic field I have participated in a number of activities, which have developed skills I believe will aid my development in a medical degree. Sport has always had an educational influence in my life. In particular, I have played ice hockey at a competitive level since the age of fifteen, where I was captain of the Blackburn Ice Hawks, and more recently where I have acted as a Player/Coach for Newcastle University Ice Hockey Club. These experiences have vastly improved my leadership skills, my ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as providing me with a deep sense of satisfaction when helping others to achieve their goals. In addition, during my education and work experience I have commanded various positions of responsibility. Last year I was assigned the position of Deputy Head of Security at the Students' Union. At school I was entrusted with being a Prefect and House Captain. Clearly, time management and organisation has always been a necessity for me as it has been essential in order to incorporate my studies, sporting commitments and part time work. I believe I possess a suitable personality to undertake the demands of being a medical student and doctor, as I thrive in challenging situations, both mental and physical, while at all times remaining competent and demonstrating both empathy and integrity.

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The human body is a very remarkable thing, especially how the food and medication are processed. When we get hurt or injured our body outstandingly recovers. Astrid Alauda once said "Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one". There is no truer fact in life; I appreciate this so much I always do my best to look after myself and I want to be able to do the same for others. A few years ago when I saw a family member lying in the hospital bed with an oxygen mask over his face I felt hopeless and scared. The fragility of the human condition swept over me. I realized at this point, not only the enormous responsibility of the health care team, but of the ability of the health care team to play their part and deliver their knowledge with compassion and professionalism. My desire to become a doctor stems largely from this event. It is when my real caricature pops out and confidence regardless of what or who I am dealing with. I come from a very successful family. My father is the director of administrative affairs at King Abdulaziz Hospital and Oncology Center. All of my four brothers are in college in different fields and so are my cousins. When I started my college education at King Abdulaziz University, I faced a lot of hard materials and topics, but I ended up doing just fine. Our Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences offers a Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. The program consists of five years. In the first year, we study basic sciences like physics, chemistry, biology and some medical technology skills. The second and third year is the core of our medical bases, where we study molecular biology with genetics-my favorite subject- beside immunology, microbiology, histopathology and virology. The fourth year is more professional; we apply our knowledge to the actual laboratory work under supervision of course. Where the fifth year is based on our interests (internship year) we choose a hospital and practice for six months as our major(mine was molecular virology at a bio-safety level three research facility) and two other minors divided over three months each (in my case I took microbiology and molecular diagnostics biology).

Molecular virology was my very first amazing experience in the medical field. My graduation research was "Prevention Measure of Dengue Fever in Jeddah". When Jeddah was stroked by dengue fever mosquitoes, our job was to prevent the constant raise of the dengue mosquitos' population. It was amazing to apply our book knowledge to applied work using state of art technology like RNA extraction, amplification (polymerase chain reaction PCR) and cell culture. I was involved in a lot of other researches too, like rotavirus. In the end, I felt really great to be part of a successful team bringing my personal ideas, experience and communication skills to talk to other students or researchers, even salesmen to discus certain products or ideas.I was responsible for the team's performance, arranging training sessions and raising the team's spirits which greatly enhanced my leadership and organizational skills. Effective communication skills are vital for the doctor as an integral part of the community. My time at the Blood Bank has strengthened my confidence when dealing with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in a variety of customer or donor situations. I function well in busy environments, under pressure and with deadlines. I am also able to speak fluent Arabic (native speaker) and English, which gives me more opportunity to speak to people in their own language. One of the reasons why I chose your facility to continue my post graduate studies in molecular oncology is because of its proficiency and the well deserved reputation over the years, so I can enhance both my knowledge and appreciation of science. I am determined to fulfill my ambition to become a medical doctor. Throughout the past few years, this deep-seated aspiration has only strengthened with time. My dedication towards helping others will guide me through the life-long acquisition of knowledge and experience. Through compassion and diligence, I will strive to make a valued contribution to both society and the medical profession itself. It is the challenge, gratification and satisfaction of being a doctor and opportunity to develop the core values and adapt them to the dynamic profession of medicine that is my ultimate goal.

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Prevention is better and not just cheaper than cure. I learnt this, when the dentist that handled my cousins dental surgery told me that the surgery would have never been an alternative if only my cousin had avoided too much of sugary things especially chocolates. I never really would have witnessed such grave consequence associated with refusing to practice preventive measures at such a tender age of ten. Seeking for more practical encounter with that word, prevention, my interest in humanity rose and that pushed me into the world of science. I majored in science back in my secondary school days and I went further to bargain a Bachelors degree in Applied Biochemistry as a prelude to achieving my desired ambition. Eager to talk to people about the consequences of not being preventive coupled with my passion to render selfless service to humanity, I volunteered to be trained as an HIV/AIDS awareness facilitator during my NYSC programme under the NYSC/HIV/AIDS awareness peer educator/facilitator workshop. That enabled me to counsel people about the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the benefits of staying healthy. I was opportuned to work as an independent supervisor for the Poliomyelitis Immunization programme organized by the World Health Organization in Katsina State of Nigeria. The experience and exposure I got enlightened me more about the number six point of the MDGs eight point agenda of the vision 2020 which is to reachout to the remote areas of Nigeria in the prevention and proper

management of deadly diseases. After critical thinking and proper analysis on how to contribute towards achieving this vision and effecting a drastic positive change in the health system of Nigeria, I decided that advance knowledge and a career in public health with a focus on behavioral science/health education will better position me for the task ahead. Upon my return to my country as one of those striving to prevent and improve the health of the population of Nigeria, I hope to be well equiped to tackle critical health related questions, such as: What if people lived healthier and need not take drugs? What if we lived in a less polluted environment? What will the health system of my country look like if everybody is adequately and constantly loaded with knowledge about diseases, their causes and prevention, and so many other questions? With a career in public health, I hope to satisfy that inner passion of rendering selfless service to humanity; and at the same time, achieve my career vision of seeing the quality of health care delivery in my country especially in the underdeveloped and developing communities rise far above average by the next decade.

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graduated from the University of Southampton in July 2008 with an upper second class honours degree in podiatry. Since leaving university I have worked as a locum podiatrist. The majority of my role involves working independently in the community providing a high standard of quality clinical care to patients who self present or are referred to the service. This involves assessing, diagnosing, developing and implementing individualised care programmes for patients with a wide variety of clinical needs, including acute or chronic neuropathies, chronic diseases, vascular problems and wound management. My motivation and determination to study medicine has developed from various sources. During my undergraduate degree and from an early age I became fascinated with the sheer complexity of the human body, its aptness to go wrong and the application of science and technology to remedy it is the chief reason why I have chosen to study medicine. I have concluded that a career in medicine will provide me with the life-long personal and intellectual challenges that I am seeking whilst allowing me to use my analytical, scientific and communication skills developed in my current caring role and previous degree. However, it is working with patients in my current role and my previous work experience which has truly solidified my determination in training to become a doctor. To further my insight into the medical field I obtained a tempoary job last year at my university in the school of medicines dissection laboratory as an anatomical technician. This invaluable opportunity gave me the opportunity to improve my understanding of anatomy and also to speak to current medical students and ask them various questions relating to the course. I also arranged a two day placement at a local hospital which was a superb opportunity to observe medicine in an acute elderly stroke ward. I observed wards rounds, a MRI and CT scan, and also attended a pharmacology drug seminar at lunchtime. This experience has allowed me to realise that whilst medicine is a challenging career it can be extremely gratifying, highlighted by the doctors I have spoken to and on my own personal experiences. I feel that both my academic and professional experience will provide me with a strong foundation to start my medical training. During my first degree I developed the qualities required to become a competent self-directed learner. The majority of

the learning in my undergraduate degree was student centred and involved problem based scenarios such as case studies or group presentations. This style of learning has equipped me with the skills necessary to take responsibility for my own learning, in becoming a reflective practitioner and the qualities required to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. I feel that all of these skills are of imperative value for my current profession and future aspirations to study medicine. I am a self motivated, determined individual and I look forward to the social and academic challengers of returning to university. I also feel that my previous training has enhanced my interpersonal, communication and team building abilities which are essential attributes of any medical profession. I believe that I have many of the personal qualities required to become a good doctor, being compassionate, caring, conscientious and empathetic. In my spare time I enjoy swimming regularly and maintain an active social life with my friends. More importantly, I firmly believe that I am capable of balancing the demands of my professional life with those of my personal life, which is essential in any medical profession.

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Quite simply it is my curious nature which has always underpinned my desire to study medicine; the sheer complexity of both the human body and its healing processes have always fascinated me and, during my time in 6th form and subsequently while studying for my BSc. in Acupuncture, my thirst for "medical understanding" has only grown. In my home life I have also a great deal of interaction with a PMLD child, my foster sister, who has, amongst many other things, a rare form of autism. At school I did my GCSE and my 6th Form work placements in a doctor's surgery and in my local Outpatients department respectively. I also attended an information day run by Cardiff University which gave me the opportunity to shadow doctors and talk to current medical students. Since leaving school I have worked as a health care assistant for my local NHS trust, both full time during holiday periods and on a casual basis whilst studying, amassing a total well in excess of 2000 hours. I have worked within a wide variety of primary care settings including general medicine and surgery, theatre, A&E and psychiatry. Each clinical discipline has brought new challenges, allowing me to form working relationships with a large number of healthcare professionals and their patients. I have particularly enjoyed my time working in the department of "Psychiatry for the Older Person"; a rewarding environment that required me to call upon all my previous nursing expertise as well as skills as varied as playing dominos and curling patients hair in an attempt to create an atmosphere more pleasurable and conducive to recovery, particularly important to these vulnerable patients who can frequently feel quite isolated whilst in hospital. While studying acupuncture at Lincoln I found the pathophysiology and differential diagnosis modules the most interesting; they provided me with not only theoretical knowledge but also the ability to apply my learning within a clinical context. Throughout my time at university I accumulated over 450 hours of direct patient contact, working in a complementary medicine clinic. One of the most rewarding patients I worked with was receiving acupuncture to aid rehabilitation following a stroke. I spent a great deal of time researching how a stroke can affect the body in both the immediate and long term, allowing me to devise an appropriate treatment regime. It was very useful in this instance to be able to draw upon my nursing

background for information and I have really enjoyed the opportunities I have been given to improve my rapport with patients. For my dissertation I wrote a research article on the use of a specific acupuncture point to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and have been fortunate enough to have this published in the September 2009 journal of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Between July and September this year, I went backpacking around Latin America, relying largely on my spoken Spanish. In the past I have travelled with friends, but this time I went alone as a personal challenge. Whilst overseas I spent a large proportion of my time volunteering in a children's care centre in Honduras, where my work varied from bathing and feeding the children to advising parents on hygiene and nutrition. I also helped create a safe play environment, designing simple games and painting a mural to decorate the centre's walls. I am also a keen scuba diver and took the time to explore the Honduran coastline; a truly exhilarating experience. The trip was challenging both physically and mentally and I really had to have never ending self belief, discipline and motivation to complete my goals. I have a strong work ethic, an enquiring mind and, after four years of working for the NHS, a realistic view of what it means to work as a doctor. I am highly motivated to study medicine and I am looking forward to the prospect of returning to university to achieve my long held goal of becoming a doctor. peachface's university choices The University of Birmingham University of Newcastle Upon Tyne University of Leicester The University of Warwick

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For me there is nothing more remarkable than understanding how the human body functions. Applying this understanding enables doctors and scientists to heal injuries and cure diseases, an ability which amazes and intrigues me. Along with my desire to directly improve peoples lives, the opportunity to study the intricacies of diseases and their cures is the main driving force behind my desire to study medicine. To gain an insight into medicine, I spent two weeks shadowing doctors in a local cardiology department. Sitting in on a cardiac follow up clinic made me realise the need for doctors to have a strong sense of empathy and good communication skills, as these enable them to gain a patients trust and confidence. Observing procedures such as coronary angiograms demonstrated the high level of skill doctors need in order to perform such delicate procedures, and the huge responsibility they must shoulder on a daily basis. The placement impressed upon me the importance of teamwork and communication in medicine, as without the help of nurses, paramedics and other medical staff they would have been unable to treat their patients. I also volunteer at a local hospital where I have assisted elderly patients at mealtimes. These situations have improved my communication skills, as I have sometimes had to speak to patients with difficulty hearing or seeing, or whose condition has made them irritable and upset. The state of some of the patients was distressing to observe, but seeing how the doctors and nurses were able to make even the slightest difference has cemented my ambition to study medicine. During the summer I traveled to Ghana for two weeks, where I taught in small village schools with other volunteers. We were given no guidance or instruction, and the challenge of controlling a class and producing appropriate lesson plans required

me to improve my organisation and communication skills, traits which I believe will help me to cope with the pressures and demands of studying medicine. I have recently helped to start a charity named T.E.A.CH (Time to Educate Africa's Children) with several of the volunteers I met in Ghana, aimed at building schools and helping to educate the African people.Through this I hope to learn to empathise more with people and to better appreciate the opportunities I have been given in life. I subscribe to the New Scientist and have been intrigued by many of its reports, most recently an article detailing how gastric bypass surgery has affected peoples appetites. I also enjoy fiction, particularly fantasy novels, as I find they help me to relax and relieve stress, enabling me to maintain a clear, calm state of mind. In my spare time I engage in a wide range of sports, including, cycling, climbing and several martial arts, which I hope to continue whilst at university. I am a voluntary mixed martial arts instructor, a job which has greatly developed my leadership skills. I am fully qualified in First Aid, and have been able to utilise some of these skills to treat minor injuries in martial arts training. A job tutoring children in English has improved my confidence on all levels as well as my time management, a skill which I feel will help me deal with the academic challenges of medicine. Through my voluntary work and personal experiences I believe I have gained a realistic insight into the challenges of a career in medicine. However, I also believe that I possess the skills required to overcome such challenges, and relish both the social and academic aspects of the opportunity to study and practice medicine.

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The world of Science and Medicine has gone through overwhelming advances in the last century and so it is difficult to believe how much we still do not know. A few years ago my uncle suffered a cardiac arrest. I still remember the initial panic at home and the feeling of helplessness just waiting for the ambulance. My uncle survived and for the first time I saw Medicine as a life or death matter. This incident sparked my initial interest in Medicine. To further explore the world of Medicine, I began to read popular medical articles in the newspapers and became a frequent visitor to the BBC Health page. I also read medical related articles in the New Scientist. In order to experience the practical aspects of the life of a doctor, I completed work experience under an Oncologist for two weeks and also at my local GP clinic for a month. Here I was most impressed by the doctor's 'bedside manner'. I witnessed the calm and reassuring tone of the doctor, who often used humour as well, to put the patients at ease so as to elicit information he needed to come to a sound diagnosis. I next undertook community service at a residential home for the elderly for a few months and over time I was amazed at the tact and patience of the staff who allowed the residents to keep hold of as much of their independence as possible. During my summer holidays in India, I found it practical to carry out community service and also gain work experience. I worked for a month at a Deaf and Dumb school, where I had the opportunity to teach and communicate with children who had speech and hearing impediments. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of learning basic sign language from the students and also developed a small insight into their difficult world. In addition I spent two weeks at a Cardiothoracic Centre, where I saw an angioplasty and a bypass surgery. What intrigued me most was the fact that merely by surgery, a patient who could earlier hardly move was soon able to resume

a normal life. This has established my desire to train as a surgeon and possibly a cardiac surgeon. At school I run a Medical Society, which meets on a weekly basis and attends various lectures in London. In this society, I will be presenting my findings on 'The Situation of HIV in India' to my peers. It interested me how HIV was regarded in India, where the virus used to be taboo and so to follow up on my curiosity I worked at an HIV hospital in Chennai for a month, the highlight of which was persuading a patient to take Antiretroviral therapy. A healthy body makes a healthy mind, which is why I participate in and enjoy sports: having been a keen cricketer since childhood, I now play for my school as a wicketkeeper and batsman. I am also a strong tennis player and captained my club's U16 team, where I developed leadership and organisational skills to help build and uphold team spirit. Last summer I qualified as a SCUBA diver when in Egypt, where I enjoyed exploring the spectacular underwater world with colourful marine life and beautiful coral reefs. I am a South Indian dancer, a skill, which I regularly perform to raise money for The Shooting Star Hospice. I carry out meditation and prayers every day, as I believe it is vital for focusing on the day ahead and calming myself. My interest in Science and Mathematics is reflected in my A-level choices. I believe that the scientific method is the most reliable way for man to augment his knowledge of the world around him. I love Mathematics, which has taught me to be logical in my thinking and precise in my actions. I am hard working and know I have the intellectual abilities to study Medicine. I realise a good doctor also needs to be able to communicate effectively; I have an open and friendly personality, finding it easy to make relationships with my peers as well as my teachers. Additionally I have the qualities of care, compassion and commitment, which I believe make me an ideal candidate to study Medicine and serve as a Doctor.

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he ever-evolving nature of medical science and the certainty that we will know more about the many different healthcare practices has inspired me to pursue a career in Medicine. My dedication to studying Medicine has been confirmed by the experience I have gained in different hospitals and practices and I look forward to the academic discipline and challenges that will arise. I am highly motivated and enthusiastic and alongside my love of science, I love to interact with people from all walks of life and deal with situations under pressure. Work experiences have given me an insight into what a career in Medicine would entail. At The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh I witnessed a case of bariatric surgery that had post operative complications; highlighting the ever-growing impact of obesity on health economics. I also observed a kidney transplant and had the opportunity to discuss with the surgeons ethical issues concerning transplant surgery and the need for more donors. Spending time in departments such as A&E, Endoscopy, Radiography and Pathology energized me by introducing the spectrum of opportunity in the medical field and the MedLink course I attended in Nottingham highlighted diverse areas of interest. When faced with terminally ill patients, I was inevitably affected. The experience demonstrated the demanding aspects of Medicine, as did shadowing a Junior Doctor on the ward. During my time spent in a small local private hospital shadowing a Health Care Assistant, the interaction I had with patients allowed me to view their perspective on the health system and in a rural General Practice I began to understand how the relationship of trust and confidentiality between doctor and patient develops.

I enjoy my Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, particularly the problem-solving aspects. My research into the drug Thalidomide and its optical isomerism intrigued me and in World Class Maths Tests I was ranked in the top four students at my school of 2500. I enjoy debating issues concerning the scientific community in a Science Cafe while the chemistry team I belong to came second in the South West heats of the Royal Society of Chemistrys Schools Analyst competition. Enrichment courses I attended at Bristol University in Chemistry and French challenged me and building on my work placement, the New Scientist article discussing moral dilemmas in transplantation fascinated me, especially the issues regarding Xenotransplantation and the potential complications of this type of surgery. I read the British Medical Journal and the Times which have recently investigated the future of the A/H1N1 virus. Waitressing to fund my gap year has given me the opportunity to communicate with the public and work alongside others in a team. I will volunteer in an orphanage in Malawi, where I will appreciate an entirely different culture and healthcare system. This experience will allow me to learn more about myself, and my maturity will certainly contribute to life as a medical student. I was elected by my peers and teachers as Student President. In a Sixth form of 800 students, I enjoy the responsibility of speaking publicly and organising events. Being captain of Weymouth Ladies League 1st XI hockey team was challenging as I was the youngest player on the squad and meant I had to adapt my leadership skills. I have represented my county and region and regularly captained my school teams and write weekly sports articles for my local newspaper. I also play league netball, improving my time management and organisation. Coaching hockey and netball to 6-15 year olds reflects my patience and enthusiastic teamwork and has required me to practice my First Aid skills. I am a grade 6 clarinet player and enjoy travelling abroad with my family. I have completed a Samaritan-led course in Peer Mentoring which taught me listening skills and the importance of confidentiality. A career in Medicine will be demanding and require commitment and dedication. As a hardworking, self motivated and caring person I look forward to the challenges presented by the course and career. I aspire to become a doctor with a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical skills so I can contribute to the advancement of healthcare and provide the best possible treatment for my patients. jennys-s's university choices The University of Manchester University of Leeds The University of Edinburgh Cardiff University The University of Birmingham

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decided on medicine as a career at the age of eight and as the years have passed my determination has not faultered. The trigger was reading a book about Florence Nightingale while I was still in my primary school. The passionate way in which Florence Nightingale cared for sick and wounded soldiers including provision of lifesaving medical help inspired me. I realised that the full potential of my personal aptitudes of caring, compassion, empathy and being a good listener can be best utilised through a career in medicine. Furthermore, as a science based person, I have always been intrigued by the working of the human body: I wish to study this further. My attendances at medlink and spaceship conferences and regular interactions with practising doctors and medical students have given me a valuable insight into the

challenging, demanding and satisfying role of a doctor. Medlink provided the opportunity to participate in practical sessions with a focus on cardiology and ophthalmology. Simulated clinical scenarios during this workshop introduced skills of analysing patients' symptoms, making a diagnosis and formulating subsequent treatment plan. To gain further real life experience in medicine I shadowed an orthopaedic surgeon in NHS Scotland. Very quickly I realised the importance of effective communication between professionals to ensure the comfort, safety and appropriate treatment of patients. Furthermore, I observed eight live surgeries including three keyhole procedures which I found very interesting. By shadowing a consultant anaesthetist, I discovered the cooperative teamwork is essential for successful surgical procedures. In the wards and clinics, I welcomed the chance to speak with junior doctors to share ambitions and listen to their experiences. During a voluntary work placement in an elderly assessment and rehabilitation ward, I appreciated how a holistic approach towards the patient can make a difference. I have been a close observer of communications between professionals involved in the patient's care and how their relationship evolved over time. In addition I am a befriender in Cornerstone Community Centre where I have grown to understand the problems faced by different patient groups and how illness or disability can affect them and their families. I have completed a first aid course which has given me valuable clinical skills to deal with emergency situations. A one week placement in a pharmacy allowed me to find out about current drugs and the meticulous dispensing procedure. Working for Oxfam and Chest and Stroke Scotland as part of the Duke of Edinburgh and Millennium Volunteer Awards schemes have brought me into contact with people from all different backgrounds and culture. These jobs have further developed my intra-personal skills, frequently I have to take the initiative, problems solve and multi-task whilst dealing with demanding and sometimes unsatisfied customers. I have the ability to think lucidly and make decisions. In my school I attend an in-class support group, which involves communicating with young children. I enjoy observing their gradual cognitive development. I also participate in the Young Enterprise competition which sharpened my communication, team work, evaluation and decision-making skills. I have a range of hobbies that help me to relax and enjoy free time. These include listening to music, playing chess and to keep fit I swim regularly and play badminton. Also I am proficient in Tamil my first language, in addition to the English language. My aspirations for a career in medicine and love for science are reflected in my academic achievements. My commitment, diligence, motivation and belief in my abilities makes me an ideal candidate for medicine. I look forward to starting a career in my desired subject and university life.

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My fascination with the innermost workings of the human body began at the age of twelve when my excellent, if somewhat eccentric, science teacher dissected a pig's heart in front of the class. From that point onwards my interest in human physiology has only increased, and from the common cold to coronary heart disease I have always queried their possible causes and solutions. This interest and desire to use my knowledge to improve the health and well being of others, sparked my ambition to study medicine.

When I was twelve I was accepted by a national specialist music school, with the intention of becoming a professional violinist. Leaving home to live with strangers from Kircaldy to Korea has, above all, greatly improved my communication skills and adaptability to change, which are vital in a doctor. Playing the violin in such an intense and challenging environment has required a great deal of commitment and determination, and relishing an active lifestyle makes the demanding routine of a doctor particularly appealing. Performing to crowds of tens in Kirkwall to thousands in Paris has been invaluable in boosting my confidence and teaching me to remain calm in stressful situations. Leading the local youth orchestra regularly tests my leadership skills, as it involves organising the players and working as a team to achieve a common goal. Amongst so many public performances, playing to Her Majesty the Queen was a particularly terrifying experience, but from it I learned the importance of preparation and personal conduct. The demands of my academic and music studies increased enormously over the years; managing multiple commitments, working under pressure and coping with stress were paramount. Although there was the inevitable expectation on me to study music, my interest always lay with medicine and my desire to become a doctor outweighed unaccompanied Bach. Achieving an advanced level of competency in my music has required a great deal of persistence, patience, drive and dedication, all of which are essential for a successful musician and doctor alike. During my work experience at the ___Hospital in_____I worked alongside staff who helped me appreciate the importance of solid teamwork and understand protocols in providing a professional service to patients in a supportive environment. My time in theatre was particularly fascinating as I watched an appendicectomy, herniorrhaphy, laparotomy and caesarean section; operations highlighting the importance of trust between doctor and patient and the need to respect their individuality and confidentiality at all times. My experience also gave me a practical demonstration of the initiative and flexibility required by doctors, as an abdominal X-Ray revealed a severe sigmoid volvulus, requiring immediate surgery. The operation lasted well into the night and I learned first hand the great mental and physical demands of medicine, but the resilience and professionalism of the medical team was truly inspiring. I am also involved in voluntary work with the elderly, which has helped me appreciate the sensitive and holistic approach required when caring for others. Spending time chatting to them has made me more aware of the importance of listening effectively. My time spent with a local GP emphasised the importance of empathy and gave me a valuable insight into medicine from a primary care perspective. At school I am a member of the 'PEER' mentoring group- a voluntary scheme providing support and guidance to younger members of the school. During a residential trip, I was given responsibility for a group of eleven year olds and encouraged them to interact and build friendships. Setting up a tent in torrential rain for my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award has improved my ability to motivate others and remain positive in difficult situations. I am determined and dedicated to study medicine and my clinical experience has only increased my desire to become a doctor. heather123's university choices University of Dundee University of Glasgow University of St Andrews University of Glasgow

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am interested in the Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm) Programme because I am interested in the modules on which it is based. I want to do the MPharm programme so as to extend my knowledge in Medicines. I would like to get a deeper understanding of how to formulate and administer drugs safely. There is need to continually find new leads to innovative medicines to help combat diseases more efficiently, advancement in drug discovery and finding new technologies to improve drug delivery systems is something that interests me immensely and I would like to advance my education in that direction. An Mpharm programme would be a rewarding course for me to undertake both personally and professionally. An MPharm programme would give me a wide range of opportunities and carrier options. It would give me professional independence where I can work with autonomy. I would qualify for the Mpharm programme because I have recently completed BSc in pharmaceutical Science which has given me good understanding of how drugs work. The modules I have undertaken In my BSc Pharmaceutical Science will help me navigate successfully in the MPharm programme. Modules such as Bioanalytical techniques gave me grounding for analytical techniques. I developed an understanding of the principles and terminology which is used in qualitative and quantitative, absolute and empirical methods, sampling, sample treatments, standards and calibration techniques. I learnt a range of techniques for determining the amount of an element or compound in a specified sample, describe the theoretical background and instrumental requirements of these techniques. These techniques included spectroscopic methods such as solution spectroscopy, Mass spectroscopy and the fragmentation for molecular analysis, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy and UV/VIS spectroscopy. Separation methods such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography, gel filtration, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography. Eletroanalytical techniques such as ion sensitive electrodes, membrane systems, enzyme sensors and pH electrodes. I gained a better understanding of immunoassays such as radio immunoassays, enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique and ELISA and their application in urine drug tests. I developed the practical skills needed for sample preparation, instrument calibration and gained experience in handling analytical results. The Bioanalytical techniques modules helped me understand and select the application of appropriate analytical techniques and making valid interpretations of analyses. Drug delivery systems helped me gain knowledge of the principles which describe and control the effective delivery of drugs from their delivery systems to target sites. It gave me the understanding of the physicochemical properties- factors involved in the stabilisation of pharmaceuticals such as the kinetics of decomposition and the solubility in polar and non-polar solvents. I gained an appreciation of manufacturing processes and the stability of formulations in the overall development of new products. How drugs exert their pharmacologic effects, how they get to the site of action and the properties they need to have for them to exert their effects. The drug design strategies that are employed to improve the physiochemical, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties of the drugs through chemical transformations. The ethical issues surrounding drug development and delivery mechanisms. Combination of principles of pharmacology, systems pharmacology gave me prescriptive knowledge into the drugs. They also gave me an understanding of drug actions through chemical mediators on specified organ systems and at cellular and molecular level. They gave me an understanding of drug toxicity and the side-effects the drugs may have on other organs. Medicinal chemistry I have learnt about the relationships between the structure and the activity of drugs as well as assess critically the methodologies and strategies that govern whether or not a synthetic compound would be a good drug

candidate for mass production. I learnt how to assess if differences between research methods and development of organic compounds looking at the whether the processes are economically and environmentally viable for scaling up. Organic chemistry I have come to understand the interpretation of organic reactions in terms of generic mechanisms neutral, nucleoophilic and electrophilic and the different outcomes which are addition, elimination, substitution and rearrangement. This enabled me to be able to predict the outcomes of complex mechanistic processes making comparisons of the factors influencing one pathway from another. I also learnt to interpret Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectral data. In my biochemistry modules such metabolic biochemistry and clinical biochemistry module I gained an appreciation of the diversity and the interconnection of metabolic pathways, the use of different metabolites to screen diagnose and monitor diseases. My project and practical work in my final year gave me valuable practice on how to behave in a laboratory including key areas such as health and safety and a basis for good laboratory practice. I gained valuable practice in advanced synthetic and purification techniques such as fractional, vacuum distillation and solvent extraction. I also earned some valuable practice in High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Mass spectrum, Gas chromatography. I am able to use and read out different spectra which include UV Visible and NMR.

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A dissection of the eye decided that my future career would be rooted in medicine. The fascination of how such a complex biological system encompassed both physics and chemistry enticed me, and prompted me to begin researching what it means to be a doctor. To gain a practical understanding of medicine I worked in a hospital in Arusha, Tanzania for three weeks. My most important duty was taking patients' vital signs and noting them in their files. On ward rounds I learnt about the treatment of a variety of conditions and the attending doctor allowed me to join the diagnostic procedure. Creating a diagnosis from lab results and symptoms was exciting and challenging; I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also witnessed the doctor's ability to inspire confidence in his patients using his leadership skills, and how this helped the patient trust the doctor's advice. Additionally, I organised a placement in a hospital where I watched many orthopaedic and laparoscopic surgeries whilst also learning about hospital life. I familiarized myself with patients' post-operative needs and the various monitoring systems that take patients' vital signs; a stark contrast to Arusha, where not even the operating room had a heart monitor. I also observed consultations, noting the importance of a doctor's bedside manner in reassuring the patient before and after surgery. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to scrub into a variety of procedures with a plastic surgeon, who also works with the Red Cross in war zones. His work with the Red Cross was both charitable and adventurous; something I may one day consider doing. We also discussed the ethics of cosmetic surgery, how a field that on the surface seems vain contributes greatly to a patient's self esteem. To learn more about the caring side of medicine, I volunteer weekly at a local geriatric rest home. Working with the residents was sometimes disheartening due to the seeming futility of the carers' efforts, but the joy the residents received from some attention further strengthened my resolve to become a doctor. The experience taught me specifically the need to care, even when there is no cure. The IB subjects I have chosen illustrate my dedication to the academic side of

medicine. In higher level (HL) chemistry I have been given some of the tools to understand how the macroscopic changes in a person, such as cyanosis, can be caused by a molecular problem, a deficiency of either haemoglobin or oxygen. Both HL physics and mathematics have added to my ability to solve problems and grasp abstract concepts. In my school career I have excelled at science and mathematics, winning the achievement awards for both subjects. My IB extended essay relates mathematics to medicine, using data on the incidence of influenza in Switzerland to create an epidemiological model of the virus's progression. My interest in medicine has also encouraged me to read around the subject. In particular I have been captivated by the rivalry between Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur in the book "The Discovery of the Germ" by John Waller and disturbed by an article on the spread of drug resistant malaria in The Lancet. This year I was elected Student Council President, enabling me to represent the student body in all important administrative decisions. I have taken part in many international Model United Nations conferences, personally achieving a Best Delegate Award. I train at a gym three times a week to relax and stay fit, which also has the benefit of teaching me about nutrition and the physiology of exercise. I have participated in a student expedition to Argentina, where I canoed and trekked for thirty days. On the trip I took on the additional responsibility of being the group accountant, ensuring that there was enough money to pay for food, lodging and transport. I believe that I have acquired the necessary people, leadership and motivational skills to be successful in, and to contribute to a future university and medical career. amesop's Comments Applied to Cambridge (Caius), Imperial, King's and Edinburgh. Got offers from all except Edinburgh. Hope it helps!

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It is the skills a doctor has that attracts me towards studying medicine. Being a doctor allows you to feel satisfied and happy because you are helping the society as well as yourself. I believe medicine is a very interesting course to study as one gains a lot of skills and knowledge from it. Since my childhood I have always wanted to be a doctor because it feels great to be dealing with patients form diverse social backgrounds. Also, a doctor is a huge benefit to the society and I have the passion to help patients when they are ill, need advice or when they need anything else. That is an important factor in a doctors life. Besides all that, I am really enjoying my Chemistry, Biology and Maths courses. I have gained a lot of skills and improved in them, such as communication skills; we usually discuss everything as a group while studying these courses. Chemistry helps me with learning chemical formulae and how they are calculated, which is important because most medicines have such a formula as well as their actual names, which again is a very important thing a doctor should know when prescribing medicines. Biology has given me a lot of skills and knowledge about the human body, how it works and how to maintain it. Also, my understanding of how diseases take place and develop has been improving a lot and all this is very interesting to learn. Mathematics helps me a lot in thinking in problem solving, number problems and

calculating formulae, and all this helps my hugely in chemistry, which involves a lot of calculations too. To increase my knowledge in medicine and how a doctors life is I arranged an appointed with my GP and discussed about how it feels being a doctor. I also took advice from my GP and it felt great to have had that time with my GP as I gained more information and could observe a doctor from close. Also, I have been attending a nursing home for more than a year, which I enjoy a lot and I feel that it is an excellent experience as it helped me build my knowledge on how to deal with patients, especially the elderly ones. For example, I witnessed a nurse talking with a patient in a calm way and sometimes in a loud tone, to adjust to their needs as some of the patients had hearing difficulties. That was very different to how the nurse normally talks to me so that was a great experience. I help them by taking tea to them, or by playing bingo and crossing out numbers for them, and sometimes we just have a chat together about their life experience. This has given me a lot of skills such as time management (dealing with being on time at school and at the nursing house) and I have been improving in my communication skills by talking with the nurses and patients, both in a different manner. I enjoy working as a group in class because it makes it easier to learn certain topics as well as helping others. It also helps to learn new things I never knew before. I also enjoy working with unknown people because I come to know new people from different social backgrounds, which I love to. I have various achievements including an awarding certificate for excellent work in Biology, a certificate of achievement for the Jack Petcheys Speak Out Challenge and a Sixth Form Certificate to recognise my contribution to Sixth Form Life. I also took part in the UK Intermediate Mathematical Challenge 2009 and achieved a Bronze Certificate for that. In my free time, I love to read teenage books, shopping, listening to music, and the Internet. I also love to study most of the time. My favourite sports are swimming and badminton; I have three diplomas in swimming and I have played a lot of badminton during school time. I believe I have the skills and knowledge needed to study medicine and will gain more knowledge needed for a doctor, while studying medicine. Therefore I consider myself an eligible student to study medicine. Southampton uni Kings College London Imperial College London St George's uni

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Given that over ninety nine percent of the body consists of just six elements, it is hard to imagine the human body as an intricately synchronised and immensely complex machine. Yet, it has done well to puzzle even the brightest minds in historybut I am drawn to a challenge; I cannot think of anything else more fascinating to work with. Since young, my natural addiction to ask the key question in science: Why? helped my scientific knowledge to flourish. My broad affinity in science covers psychology, natural history and chemistry, and this year, I have undertaken a degree module with the Open University-Life in the Oceans, which demands a more vigorous self studying regime. However, my main fascination lies in the human anatomy; it never

fails to astonish me just how much is inside, from the extensive nervous system to the minute glands in the endocrine system. Anatomy books and documentaries such as A History of Surgery provide a good but limited insight into this topic. Growing up also saw my personal qualities mature and strengthen under the good influence of my close relatives. My adaptability and problem solving skills have been pushed to their limits when my family moved country twice in five years; it was a daunting challenge for any child. I was kept afloat by my affability and resilience in a war against language and cultural barriers. Learning to appreciate diversity and cultural differences also taught me to be a compassionate young adult, which in turn, only amplified my aspiration to become a doctor. I am acutely aware that taking on medicine equates to a life-long learning experience, both intellectually and on a personal level, but this only inevitably makes it more irresistible than ever for an inquisitive mind like mine. In order to deepen my understanding into what medicine entails, I attended Medlink. For the first time, I began to appreciate the less glamorous demands of being a doctor, but I was not fazed. I later arranged work experience in a local hospice. In addition to improving my communication skills-the significance of which was very apparent in the hospice-the patients revealed to me the high level of trust they placed in the staff. It was valuable to my understanding but nevertheless distressing to learn that not even the ocean of knowledge that we currently have could cure those palliative patients in the hospice. The importance of empathy became clear after this realization. Through further work experience in a community hospital, I experienced the breadth of the medical field through working in a diversity of departments from shadowing neurologists to profiling. More recently, whilst working in the eye clinic of a hospital, ophthalmologists around the county came to present their case studies in a seasonal conference-which I found especially appealing, as it demonstrated the creativity in the different approaches to treating patients. These work experiences along with others later on, including care home visits, confirmed my chosen career choice. Outside study, I compete for the A-squad of my tennis club, which has been beneficial to my personal and physical qualities, as it requires intense fitness and fast mental strategic planning whilst under pressure. I am also currently working towards grade eight in piano. Like tennis, it brings the inevitable periodic frustration, but the reward of performing for concerts is worth much more. I have also enjoyed team working on D of E Gold award; the creative thinking and leadership skills needed for prefect and house captain duties; volunteering at Oxfam; plus taking part and winning awards in a handful of maths and chemistry challenges. All the experiences thus far and my personal qualities have led me to believe that I have the capacity to confront the emotional and academic challenges, but furthermore, to truly enjoy this uniquely gratifying career that is medicine, whilst being an active and sociable member of the community. Logan's university choices University of Bristol Cambridge University The University of Edinburgh Imperial College London Imperial College London

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Growing up in a developing country during a war, I have been through a lot. Having

spent most of my childhood in hospital, being treated for severe injuries. I have come to realize how incredibly complex and vulnerable the human body is. The human anatomy first inspired me at an early age. Even then, I was fascinated by the extreme complexity and sensitivity of the human body. As child I was curious, enthusiastic and full of questions, I wanted to know everything about the amazing machine. This was (inspired me to do) one of the main reasons I did my issue report on FOP, one of the rarest and most intriguing diseases as medical interaction can (kick off)be kick-start of new flare ups, eventually the patients organs become prisoned within their own skeleton and they may die.(suffocate) Being a General Surgeon, my father has also been a great inspiration to me. A great role model, he made me aware of the physical, social, emotional and educational (academic) demands of a medical career. Caring for my family and my mother who suffers from severe chronic foot pain and depression, made me realize how stressful times trigger many negative feelings. Being able to sustain a positive family life, care for my ill mother, study for college and carry out my part time work has made me keen to want to help others who suffer most. (To further my insight into medical field I have taken several step from an early age)In order to achieve this I have taken several steps. At the age of 16, I started working for a company called xxxxx during the summer holidays, where my duties included: going to hospitals and care homes to gather clothes for washing. Having gained some valuable experience, I then began working as technical assistant for xxxx. I received excellent guidance, so much so that after only two weeks I was responsible for the oxygen tubes and reducing valves supplied to hospitals and care homes. To further my insight into medical field, I arranged a volunteering job in for three weeks, where my first week was spent at xxxx University with medical students. I spent( the remainder of my time) the second and third week at the xxxx hospital where I was shown how to do X-rays, draw blood for analysis and simple suturing techniques. ( I was able to get close to patients helping and caring for them where I could such as bringing them their lunch, empathizing helping them with their medication this included tablet and sometimes serums) I was also involved in helping patients to take their medication, this included tablets, injections and serums. It was a challenging task as the majority of patients were illiterate, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the progress of patients everyday and found the experience rewarding. I spent the remainder of my time at the orthopedic centre where I closely observed a leg amputation. I learnt the importance of team work and realized the amount of pressure on the doctors to make quick decision in order to save lives. Being actively involved with elderly patients, medical students and doctors (were very rewarding) as I have greatly enhanced my communication skills and also strengthened my ambition to becoming a doctor. I am currently also volunteering for St Johns Ambulance, where I treat patients with small injuries such as bruises to unconscious, non breathing and injured patients at event. Having done some volunteering as well as paid jobs in different countries, To increase my understanding, experience ( and to keep up to date) about the medical field in Britain, I have arranged a work experience placement on the 9th November 2009 and a long term volunteering position at the orthopedic centre. Here, I hope to gain more experience and expand management skills, communication skills, and time-keeping skills. Beside my education and part time work, I have always enjoyed being active in the community. In 2005, a friend and I organized a committee to teach religion lesson

once a week. We also organized local trips and sport activities. It was not only the kids that enjoyed but the entire village loved our trips! Also I have been a member of football club RKVVO from 2002-2007, where I trained twice a week and played against the clubs all over the county. I have been the top scorer in the last two seasons. Being involved with different age groups from different backgrounds I have gained communicational, organizational and leadership skills which are crucial in order to succeed as a doctor. My skills were recognized when I was chosen along with other team mate to train young pupils

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