You enjoyed the technical aspects of it and enjoyed research.
You enjoyed the technical aspects of it and enjoyed research.However you really, (and unexpectedly) enjoyed communicating with people and solving their problems.-You or a close friend or relative had a serious illness.
It also works well for anyone struggling to describe how they initially became interested in medicine.
Remember you have to be fairly quick in getting the story across.
Secondly, this article is not going to go through the standard answers taught on courses and in textbooks which are generic, boring and heard so often at interview that we just switch off with boredom.
These include: An interest in people and science An interest in helping people A friend of mine interviews many, many candidates who who all say something along the following lines.
This is what will set you apart from the rest of the crowd of hopefuls. The sudden change of plan With this strategy you mention a certain well heeled career path (not medicine) that you had embarked upon or were planning to embark upon when suddenly your interest shifted to medicine due to one or more reasons.
It will make it clear that you haven’t just ripped off someone elses answer or done a google search to see what other people are saying. This is an ideal strategy for graduates and other people with lots of excellent, but non-medical achievements on their CVs.This works best if you have lots of early work experience, and some evidence of an early interest in science or medicine that you can talk about.Start by describing the very first time you became interested in the work of doctors: -You had a doctor in the family who inspired you.You can then go on to briefly mention your ambitions after you get a place to study medicine.The more factors you can put into your very early spark story the more realistic it sounds and the more opportunities you must have had to think about your decision.Furthermore you were very good at this and began to realise that a career in medicine would allow you to focus more on this aspect of healthcare, as well as equip you with better tools and skills to help patients.Then go onto how your work experience confirmed all of the above, always giving concrete examples of course, and you’re done!It is something you must tackle in the opening line of your personal statement.It’s also a question that is answered badly by 90% of candidates.The exact reason WHY you want to do medicine is personal and probably unique to you.This article can’t tell you what that reason is, but it should help you answer the question in a convincing manner.