Sunderland - Med School Interview Tips

Invited to attend a Sunderland medicine interview?  They use multiple mini interviews (MMIs) as a part of their selection process. Here are five tips to help you do well at your MMI at Sunderland.

Preparing for your Sunderland medicine interview:

1. Research the course and surrounding area

Sunderland’s medicine degree is new for 2019 entry, so they have compiled an extremely useful document which outlines thoroughly the course details and teaching methods amongst other things. This can be found here. Make sure you look through this before your MMI at Sunderland, as medical schools often will often ask you about their course and what appeals to you about it.

Sunderland have worked with Keele Medical School to develop their new curriculum which includes a mixture of different learning methods. For example, Sunderland are going to use problem/case- based learning with a spiral curriculum.

The first two years are focused on learning the fundamentals of biomedical, behavioural and social science but with clinical experiences too. Clinical placements are mainly based in Sunderland and South Tyneside so it’s a good idea to know about the city and surrounding area.

2. Know what PBL involves

The course at Sunderland involves problem-based learning (PBL) which is group work based around a specific scenario/case. Before your interview I would recommend you make sure you are clear of what PBL means and how you would benefit from it.

Also, think of examples of group work that you have successfully done or examples of good teamwork and leadership, which are essential to PBL.

3. Make sure you fill out the roles and responsibilities form thoroughly

If you have applied to Sunderland, you will be asked to fill out a roles and responsibilities form which is then used to select for interview. This form is a chance for you to give specific examples of any volunteering/work experience you have done and to reflect on what you did.

The form is used to show your commitment to medicine and the attributes you have which are required in medicine. You will be asked about the value of the work you did, the level of responsibility and an example of a situation where you did something beneficial for someone else.

You can also mention any exceptional achievements here. So, make sure you give yourself enough time to fill this form out properly and in sufficient detail.

4. Go through your personal statement before your MMI

Your Sunderland medicine interview will include discussing your personal statement so it’s vital you go through it before your MMI to remind yourself of everything you wrote.

Try to identify any areas of your personal statement that an interviewer may ask you to elaborate on, for example, a work experience placement.


Words: Rachael Foulsham

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