A personal statement usually describes your motives, commitment and suitability to medicine and evidence for these. A small number of universities in Australia require a personal statement/portfolio as part of their admissions process.
A personal statement is required and considered for interview selection. In the written application form, you'll have to answer four questions.
Find out more about James Cook University’s application form.
A personal statement is taken into account for interview selection, but not for final selection. In the personal statement, you'll be asked to respond to a series of relevant questions.
Personal statements will be marked as either ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory,’ with applicants needing a mark of ‘satisfactory’ to be considered for an interview offer.
Find out more about Macquarie University’s personal statement in the GEMSAS Medicine Admissions Guide.
A portfolio describing achievements and experiences is required and used for interview and final selection. In the portfolio, you should include 'highlight areas of achievement, leadership, teamwork, service ethic and commitment as well as ties to regional, rural and remote communities'.
We recommend submitting it well before the deadline, as it can take a significant amount of time to prepare.
While a personal statement is not a requirement in other universities, it is still useful to think about the topics covered in a personal statement for the following reasons:
Are you interested in attending a medical school in the UK instead of Australia or New Zealand? Check out Medify’s UK Medical School Admissions Guide.
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