Ellie Baird, the University Events and Student Enrichment Manager at The Access Project, shares her advice for Medical School interview preparation.
I work for an organisation called the Access Project, which exists to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them access top universities. At the Access Project, we believe that every young person regardless of their background can make the most of education, unlocking their potential and creating a fairer society. I studied International Relations at the University of Sheffield and an MSc at SOAS.
I have been working for the Access Project for 5 years and have been running a Medicine and Dentistry Society for the past 4 years.
Practice! Interviews are tough, but the more times students can practice, whether that is with a teacher at school, a medical student or graduate, or just teaching something to a family member or friend, this will help build their confidence and get them used to talking about medical issues such as ethics. They should also stay up to date with medical news, as this can always be a possible question and it’s great to have up to date examples.
In term of online interviews, again I think practicing having an online interview is important, this will be different from any interview you have had in the past as you are by your screen rather than in person.
It’s different for each student, but I would try and do a question, role-play or debate every day, whether that’s at school, over dinner or out with their friends.
Delivering mock interviews, providing past questions and ethical scenarios to research and just doing plenty of practice!
I think it would be the unknown elements. Students not being used to the MMI structure, or unexpected questions.
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