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Graduate Entry Medicine Interviews

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?

This guide to Graduate Entry Medicine interviews should demystify the process and help you start preparing well ahead of time.

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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 Will Each University Approach Graduate Entry Medicine interviews?

Understanding how the universities you’ve applied to will approach your Graduate Entry Medicine interview is one the first things to focus on. You may find that all the Medical Schools you’ve applied to use MMIs, so you know you’ll be wise to invest in an MMI course, for example.

The table below outlines how each university approaches Graduate Entry Medicine interviews:

University Name Interview StyleTopics That Might Feature
BartsAssessment Centre day. Trained assessors observe as candidates complete tasks including a group-based task and a structured interview, and score individuals on a set of predetermined criteria.
Birmingham MMIApplicants should prepare for interviews by keeping up to date with the latest medical news and demonstrate understanding of working in the UK healthcare environment. Extracurricular activities, as well as evidence of skills such as problem solving, leadership and communication will be taken into account.
CambridgeMMI Applicants should be keen scientists, with a sound scientific understanding. They must give evidence that they can meet national guidance on what makes a good doctor.
CardiffMMIThere will be nine stations,
exploring personal qualities and attributes important to developing a good doctor.
Dundee/ St AndrewsMMIApplicants can expect to be asked about their motivation to study medicine, relevant work experience and personal attributes, and why they have applied to ScotGEM in particular.
Imperial (temporarily suspended for 2019 entry)TraditionalThe following qualities will be assessed:
• Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
• Capacity to deal with stressful situations
• Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
• Evidence of working as both a leader and a team member
• Ability to multitask
• Likely contribution to university life
• Communication skills and maturity of character
King's College London MMIAt each station candidates meet an interviewer who asks structured questions and marks the responses to the questions independently. MMI is similar in style (but not content) to the short objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) used in medical school assessment.
LiverpoolMMIThe Medical Schools Council has published a statement identifying the core values, skills and attributes needed to become a doctor. This will help applicants to medical school prepare by giving them an outline of what they might be tested on.
NewcastleMMICandidates can expect situational questions about their experiences/behaviours to explore key competencies. Assessors will be looking for:
• Integrity (honesty and probity)
• Communication (skills
assessment)
• Empathy and self-awareness
• Motivation and commitment
to be a doctor
• Compatibility with MBBS
programme
• Teamwork (including
leadership)
• Personal organisation
• Persistence and resilience
Nottingham MMICandidates will be observed for communication and listening skills, understanding of professional issues like teamwork and respect for members of professions allied to medicine.
Candidates will be questioned with regards to the following themes:
• Awareness of what the role of a doctor entails
• Evidence of their interest in and commitment to healthcare
• Whether they possess the personal attributes necessary for the study and practice of medicine
• Whether they've considered the strong emphasis placed on PBL at Derby and if this suits their own approach to learning
OxfordTraditionalCandidates can expect more than one interview; typically two at each college, and each candidate will be interviewed at two colleges. Candidates will be assessed according to the following criteria;
• Academic ability, commitment to medicine and personal suitability for medicine
• A high level of communication skills
• Interest and ability to communicate with people of all backgrounds
• Personal integrity, stability of character, leadership potential and concern for the welfare of others
• Evidence that their values are consistent with the aims and values of the NHS
Southampton Selection DayThe Selection Procedure and Policy of the Faculty of Medicine aims to:
• Select students who have the motivation to succeed in medicine
• Select students who have the academic ability to be successful in the course and thrive in their future medical careers
• Select students who have the non-academic attributes necessary to be a member of
the medical profession
St George's MMIThroughout the interview process, candidates should show that they've gained insight into medicine through relevant work/voluntary experience. They must also illustrate how their experience, both in healthcare and non-healthcare experiences are relevant to an application for medicine. Additionally, candidates should show awareness of own abilities and limitations, as well as what they've learned. They will also be observed for transferable skills, including:
• Communication
• Patience
• Accuracy
• Team work and leadership
• Perseverance
SwanseaSelection Centre
(A day-long event including a written assessment and 2 oral interviews.)
The interview process will take into account the qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’, and the capacity to meet the outcomes of ‘Outcomes for Graduates’.
In short:
• Communication Skills
• Problem solving skills
• Coping with pressure
• Insight and Integrity
• Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
WarwickMMIAssessors will be observing candidates for competencies including:
• Team working
• Insight
• Resilience
• Communication
• Empathy
• Probity
• Respect and dignity

How Can I Prepare for My Graduate Entry Medicine Interview?

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.

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