King’s state that the MMI is designed to assess the following: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity.
They also state that ‘some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues’.
Preparing for your King’s medicine interview:
1. Be prepared to discuss an ethical scenario
King’s College place a great deal of emphasis on ethical issues. At the beginning of the King’s medicine interview, you are given a sheet of paper which outlines one ethical scenario and you are expected to discuss this at one of the stations.
The best way to do this is to use an ethical framework which involves using the four pillars of medical ethics: justice, autonomy, beneficence and non-maleficence. Know what each of these means and apply each one to the case you are presented with.
These principles will help you explore the topic in appropriate detail and provide the necessary balance which is required to score highly. Ensure you give your own personal opinion on the topic to finish but do this towards the end of the discussion.
Common examples of ethical cases include organ transplantation, abortion, euthanasia paying for healthcare vs a free healthcare service at the point of need and processes involved in reproductive medicine such as IVF and genetic modification.
2. Be familiar with current topics in the news
You may be asked to discuss a topic related to medicine which you have read or heard about in the news. This topic does not need to be ethical in nature but should be current.
The purpose of this station is to determine how much genuine interest you may have for medicine and also gives the interviewer a chance to probe you on a topic which is outside both your academics and extra-curricular activities.
For example, you may be prompted to suggest solutions to a burdened NHS. How would you save money? What areas of medicine would you give priority to and can you justify your decision?
Demonstrate lateral thinking in this station and give a balanced view with advantages and disadvantages followed by your own personal take on the scenario.
Public health campaigns are also a popular choice since you can explore the long-term benefits these have in reducing poor health outcomes for a specific illness.
3. Why King’s?
London has a number of medical schools so it is important you emphasise why you want to study at King’s. Make sure you have read up on the style of teaching and the unique opportunity to learn anatomy through dissection. Go into detail as to why the teaching will suit your learning style.
There are elements of PBL within the course so make sure you are able to give the advantages and disadvantages of this. If you are an independent learner and work well in teams this format of teaching will benefit you.
Aside from the central London location, the university has fantastic teaching hospitals and is world-renowned for research and academia. King’s is a huge university with a large student body.
Don’t be afraid to tell the interviewers what you could offer the university societies, be this through sports teams or other extra-curricular activities. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you are a well-rounded individual and can balance studies with a busy social life.
Words: Hassan Ahmed
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