When medical schools review applications for places on their courses, there is a lengthy and in-depth selection process to choose their desired applicants. Nowadays, this process includes analysing academic background; aptitude test performance; and personal statements, which demonstrate a candidateâ€™s motivation, communication skills, empathy, team-working skills etc. It also considers work experience, voluntary activities and positions of leadership. Often, all of these things are looked at, before a candidate is even invited to interview. You might well wonder, with medical school places being so oversubscribed, why admissions boards will go to these lengths to select future doctors.