This is sometimes considered to be the 5th pillar of medical ethics, so it’s very important. You should know what it is and when it can be broken. Capacity and consent are two other important concepts that will come up here and you should know about them too!
Make sure you can talk about anything you’ve written in there with great confidence. It’s very possible it could be pulled out in front of you on the day and you really don’t want to be in for a shock!
12. Make sure you do a mock interview!
It’s inevitable that you might not do so well in your first interview, so make that be a practise one so you can be better equipped for the one that really matters.
13. Have you thought about how you possess the qualities of a doctor?
Some the main qualities would be: good communicator, teamwork, leadership, compassionate, empathetic – you should be able to provide examples for all of these.
14. Have you been keeping up with health-related news?
Current affairs are a common theme that is touched upon in many interviews, make sure you have a good idea of what’s going on in the Medical world. Nothing too deep though, BBC health will serve perfectly well.
The question here is do you know yourself? Reflective practice is a common theme in Medicine, so getting you to reflect on yourself wouldn’t be out of the ordinary at a medical school interview.
17. Have you prepared for any specific parts of the interview you’ve been told about?
Some universities, particularly those using the MMI format, will let you know about some of the stations in advance. So be sure to read your interview email carefully and specifically prepare for anything mentioned.
It’s quite likely that you could be asked about this in order to determine whether you have a good work life balance, so do give this some thought.
19. Talk to medical students at your chosen university
As well as giving you tips for the interview, they’ll also be able to give you an honest insight into what it’s like to study there.
20. What field of Medicine do you see yourself in?
You don’t need a definite answer, but just some thoughts. Perhaps you’d like to be involved in teaching or research alongside clinical Medicine? This is a good place to link your work experience in as well.
Words: Masumah Jannah
Masumah is a 1st year medical student at the University of Manchester. She runs a blog in which she shares her journey through medical school and also gives advice to students applying for Medicine.