For each of the Medical Schools you’re applying to, you need to check whether the interview is MMI or traditional/panel. You can find this by looking at the application or entry requirements shown on the Med School website – or in your interview invite.
You should also think about why you have chosen to apply to that particular Med School. Do some research into the structure of the course and the opportunities available (as part of the course or the university in general, e.g. extracurricular activities). This is a common Knowledge of Med School question so it’s important to be prepared.
You should read the GMC guide to good medical practice before your interview. You don’t necessarily need to read the whole thing, but you should look at relevant parts. This guide will help you to understand what qualities you’ll need to uphold as a Doctor.
By learning ethical principles such as the 4 pillars (beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, justice) and the 3 Cs (consent, capacity, confidentiality), you can use them as examples when answering ethics questions.
While you may be doing a lot of reading about science and NHS hot topics to prepare for your interview, it is important that you also practise speaking about these topics aloud as it’s very different.
One method I used was that after reading about a topic, I would then try to summarise what I had learnt out loud to check that I was able to articulate my thoughts clearly.
I recommend getting a notebook or starting a file to note down everything relevant that you’ve done in the last few years, organised by what type of activity it was. It’s also important you know how to reflect on your work experience and think about what you learnt from the experience.
Reviewing this will help to refresh your mind on everything you’ve done. You can also use this document to prepare answers to Teamwork questions like “Tell me about a time you used leadership skills?”
It’s imperative to start preparing for interviews early, even if you haven’t received any invites yet, because you won’t always get a lot of notice when an invite does arrive.
You will need to keep on top of your A-Level studies, so time management and good scheduling is key.
In the initial stages of prep, you may only need to do a few hours per week – but when you actually find out your interview dates, you should increase this time.
Look for periods in your calendar when you’ll be free for interview prep and decide what you’re going to learn during this time. Try to tackle a different topic in each of your prep sessions, e.g. if you do ethics one day, the next session could be about NHS hot topics.
If you need support, consider doing an interview course so that you can learn strategies in just one day, or get some practice with MMI Circuits or online mock interviews. It’s also worth thinking about whether a Medicine Interview Tutor would be a good way to really refine your performance.
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