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21st January 2019
Mariam Al-Attar is a 5th-year Medical Student at Lancaster University. She’s written this blog to advise you on three key things you should be doing after your first Med School interview

So, you’ve had your medical school interview – maybe you have another one lined up, maybe you’re still waiting to hear back from somewhere, or maybe that’s it for now. Either way, the marathon is not quite over yet. In this blog, I will share three things that you should be doing after your medical school interview.

1. If you have another interview, think about how you can improve

If you have another interview coming up, or if you’re still waiting to hear back from somewhere, then you need to use your time particularly wisely. You have the benefit of having had an interview, and you need to make the most of your experiences.

Many people feel that their first interview is affected the most by nerves, and hopefully, you now feel a little calmer about your next one. My advice would be to write down everything that happened in your interview.

Note down every question, everything you answered, and then analyse it. Were you pleased with your performance? Is there anything you want to change? Are there any areas you want to read more about, for example, medical ethics, or hot topics in the news? Learn from your mistakes, and use them to enhance your next performance.

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2. Prepare for your A-Levels

It’s easy to get caught up in the application and interview process and forget about your A-Levels! But you have to remember that receiving an offer is not the final step, and you will not be accepted into Medical School unless you achieve the A-Level grades required.

Therefore, try to balance your time appropriately. Organise your notes early, so when it comes to exam time, you do not have to panic about finding anything.

My top tip would be to focus on past paper questions and learn mark schemes as much as possible. Even if you are studying a relatively new syllabus, using old questions is a very helpful revision tool, particularly under timed conditions.

3. Keep calm!

I truly believe that this is the most important piece of advice. UCAS applications can be one of the most stressful experiences – perhaps more stressful than Medical School itself, many would argue!

However, there are (at least) three reasons why you should focus on keeping calm:

  1. The calmer you are, the better you will perform in any upcoming interviews and examinations. A stressed mental state is not working at its optimal level
  2. If you do enter a career in Medicine, coping with pressurised situations needs to become second nature, as exams and interviews and emotionally draining situations will never stop coming at you.
  3. A career in medicine is wonderful, but it should not cost you your happiness. It’s perfectly possible to have both. Medical Schools place so much emphasis on your extra-curricular activities because successful Doctors need to be healthy and balanced.
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