You may get invited to interview for a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine
. But what is the Graduate Entry Medicine interview
process like, and how can you prepare?
What Is the Graduate Entry Medicine Interview Process Like?
Some universities use a traditional interview format for Graduate Entry Medicine, where you’ll be asked questions on a number of topics by clinicians and academics. It can last anything between 20 minutes to an hour and can be more than one interview.
Other Medical Schools use the multi mini interview (MMI) format for their Graduate Entry Medicine interviews. During the MMI, you’ll be observed and timed while you complete a series of stations with questions. You’ll get a few minutes to read instructions before you’re presented with different scenarios.
How Can I Prepare for My GEM Interview?
The first thing to do when you’re preparing for your interview is to understand what each Med School is looking for during the interview stage. See the school-by-school details on our Interview Guide.
The best way to prepare for Graduate Entry Medical School interviews is to practice. It’s such an unusual environment that you may not perform your best if you haven’t fully prepared.
It’s a good idea to think about how you can use your undergraduate studies or past employment to showcase your aptitude and suitability for Medicine. As a slightly older and more experienced applicant, you’ll have a ton of skills and education to draw from during this stage, so don’t be afraid to use this.
Tips for Graduate Entry Medicine Interviews:
- Demonstrate your knowledge and passion for Medicine. Interviewers want to be certain that your skill-set is suited to Med School, that you’re fully aware of the challenging nature of a career in Medicine and that you really want to study Medicine.
- Give evidence of your aptitude for Medicine. It’s vital to demonstrate why your personal qualities and skills make you a suitable candidate during your interview. You should illustrate how your abilities can be connected to a career in Medicine and what makes a good doctor.
- Swot-up on your interview skills. You’ll be observed for your communication, listening and team-working skills. The Graduate Entry Medicine interview stage is less about getting everything right, and more about making sure you have the makings of a good doctor and are suited to medical school, so try to highlight your own personal skills.
- Revise a basic level of science. Spend some time reading about NHS Hot Topics and New Scientist, as well as anything related to current healthcare news. You’re not expected to be a medical encyclopedia, but you need to show you’re aware of the wider world of Medicine.
- Talk about your work experience. This will probably come up in your Graduate Entry Medicine interview, so think about all of the rich experiences you have that you can draw from. Try to talk about things that are as closely related to healthcare as possible, and demonstrate how these experiences have encouraged you to pursue a career in Medicine. Relevantly, try to spot any gaps in your work life, and ensure you are able to explain these.