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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 a panel of 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 complete a series of stations with different questions or tasks in timed conditions. You’ll get a few minutes to read instructions and prepare in advance of each station.

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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 practise. 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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Tips for Graduate Entry Medicine Interviews:

  • Demonstrate your knowledge and passion for Medicine. Interviewers want to be certain that you really want to study Medicine and that you’re fully aware of the challenging nature of the career.
  • 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 teamworking skills. The Graduate Entry Medicine interview stage is less about getting everything right, and more about showing that 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 science topics, as well as anything related to current healthcare news. You’re not expected to be a medical encyclopedia, but you need to show that 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.
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