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Traditional Medicine Interviews

Traditional medicine interviews can be quite intimidating: it’s just you and a panel.

Despite a recent shift towards Multi Mini Interviews (MMI), many universities still rely on the traditional interview format. And even in MMI circuits, the traditional skills set still plays a vital part.

This page answers the following questions about traditional interviews:

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What Are The Common Questions At Traditional Medicine Interviews?

We’ve broken down the ten most commonly occurring themes that feature in traditional medical school interviews. We call this ‘The Golden Prep Sheet’:

  1. Background and motivation for studying medicine
  2. Depth and breadth of interest
  3. Knowledge of the medical school
  4. NHS hot topics
  5. Creativity and imagination
  6. Medical ethics
  7. Empathy
  8. Personal insight
  9. Teamwork
  10. Work experience

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How Can I Prepare For Traditional Medicine Interviews?

We recommend the following four-step preparation method for traditional Medicine interviews:

  1. Select one of the themes above
  2. Note down 3-4 examples for that theme
  3. Try to apply to practice questions on that theme
  4. Compare and contrast with guide answer

Do not prepare full answers to recite, or you will sound robotic. Instead, focus on the theme in a flexible way.


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