The difficulty is in trying to tell everyone how fantastic you are, without being boastful, says Murphy. "It's a hard line to toe. I warn people against making grand pronouncements that they know they'll make a great doctor.". Teulon says: "A student might be involved with scouting or guiding, in a church group, or have done the Duke of Edinburgh.". Don't be afraid to include more unusual activities, as these can stand out. "Too often we get applications that look like a shopping list says Paul Teulon, director of admissions at Kings College London. "We'd like to hear about a patient a student has come into contact with, or an experience they've had.
Medical schools give varying advice on how to structure a personal statement, and about what skills they want applicants to demonstrate. This can make it difficult for students who want to impress a range of schools with one application.