Medicine interviews for St George’s University usually start in November and run through to December.
To shortlist candidates for interview, all applications are first checked to ensure they meet the minimum academic requirements (e.g. three As predicted at A-Level, including Biology and Chemistry), aptitude test requirements (e.g. a minimum UCAT score of 500) and non-academic requirements (e.g. work experience).
Those who pass this initial screening are then ranked based on their UCAT scores. The UCAT cut-off score cannot be predetermined because it varies between years and will depend on the scores of the candidates applying in each admissions cycle.
For 2023 entry into the A100 course, there were 2558 applications for 184 places. Then, 803 interviews were held and 467 offers were made post-interview.
St George’s begins to send interview invitations on a rolling basis from November onwards.
St George’s University uses the MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) format for its Medicine interviews. There are usually 6 to 8 MMI stations, with 5 minutes allotted to each station.
As exceptions, for 2021, 2022 and 2023 entry, MMIs were adapted and held online using asynchronous technology. There is no information currently on whether interviews will be online or in-person for 2024 entry.
International applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview.
At St George’s University, the following topics are typically covered in Medicine interview questions:
Sample questions might include:
Read up on various topics in Medicine
Aside from being able to answer some of the more typical Medical School interview questions, it is worthwhile to also learn more about different topics in medicine – both key events in the past and current developments.
Some example questions could include: What were some of the most notable achievements in the medical field and why? Currently, what do you think is the biggest issue in Medicine? How do you think the role of a Doctor might change in the future?
A lot of these are “big” questions that ask for your opinion on broad issues in Medicine. To be able to answer them well, you will need to know some current developments in the field. If you are interested in a certain area of Medicine, this would be a great opportunity to mention this in your answer.
Prepare your problem-solving skills
First and foremost, take time to read the problem and understand what is being asked. It can be all too easy, especially with the given time limit for each station, to simply skim over the brief and immediately attempt to answer, but this puts you at risk pf missing crucial details.
After clearly identifying the problem and any sub-problems that may arise, it is important to recognise the priorities in the issue. For example, are there any non-negotiable points that the solution must include? This leads to the actual examination of potential solutions, and their strengths and weaknesses, ultimately resulting in a final decision on the most suitable solution.
Familiarise yourself with a logical process to arrive at an answer. Practising the application of this process to various problems will help you prepare for the interview.
There may not always be a straightforward, correct answer to the problem. In that case, justifying your decision, with reference to the given information in the problem, is key. Explaining your thought process along the way can be a useful strategy to not only organise your thoughts, but also show the interviewer that you are solving the problem in an organised and rational manner.
Practise immersing yourself in role play scenarios
The St George’s Medicine interview usually includes at least one role play station where you are given a situation to play out with an actor, such as your neighbour’s cat ran away while you were cat-sitting and you have to explain this to them.
Consider how you would handle various scenarios. For example, if you were to comfort your distraught neighbour, how would you attempt to calm them down? What would you say? Aside from just using words, how might you show empathy through body language?
It may be helpful to think about the scenario from various perspectives: if you were the distraught neighbour, what might you want to hear that would make the situation better?
These types of stations are there to gauge how well you respond spontaneously under pressure. It is key to remain calm and to stay on track in addressing the key issue of the scenario, whether it be comforting or persuading someone.
As much as you can, stay calm during your St George’s Medical School interview. By remaining level-headed and not letting the pressure get to you, you will be able to think more clearly and to show the interviewers that you have the skills and qualities to make a great future Doctor.
The decision of an offer will be based on performance at interview and the SJT band score. The students with the highest scores will be offered a place to study.
They usually begin sending out post-interview offers in December and continue through to January, and possibly February.
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