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22nd January 2021
Focus your interview prep and make sure you’re ready to ace Medical School interviews with this 21-step checklist.

Written by Masumah Jannah

Do You Know The Course Structure?

Which type of course or teaching style does the Medical School you are interviewing at use? Is it a PBL course, a traditional lecture-based course or maybe even an integrated one? 

How Is Anatomy Taught?

It’s good to know how anatomy is taught at the specific Medical School you’ve applied to since it can vary. Some use prosections, whereas others use full-body dissection and some even use models and computer simulations. 

What Special Features Of The Course Attracted You?

Do you like the idea of full-body dissection? Perhaps the Medical School incorporates early clinical experience?

What Do You Like About The Medical School?

It’s always possible that you could be asked why you picked a certain Medical School, so make sure you know your reasons.

Have You Talked To Medical Students?

As well as giving you tips for the interview, Medical Students will also be able to give you an honest insight into what it’s like to study at the particular Medical School.

Do You Know About Hospitals Within The Catchment Area?

Some of these hospitals can be quite far-flung from the Medical School base! Also, do you know the difference between a Teaching Hospital and a District General Hospital?

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Do You Know The Main Organisations Involved With Medicine In The UK?

Obviously, we all know what the NHS is, but do you know about the GMC, BMA, NICE? If not, make sure you find out before you go for your interview!

Are You Up-To-Date With Health-Related News?

Hot topics are a common theme that is touched upon in many interviews, so make sure you have a good idea of what’s going on in the medical world. 

Do You Know The Four Principles Of Medical Ethics?

Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-Maleficence and Justice – make sure you know what these four pillars of medical ethics mean and how to use them.

How Well Do You Understand Confidentiality?

Confidentiality is sometimes considered the fifth 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!

Do You Know What Qualities A Doctor Needs?

Some of the main qualities would be:

  • good communicator
  • teamwork
  • leadership
  • compassionate
  • empathetic

You should be able to provide examples for all of these!

Have You Read The GMC Guidelines?

Tomorrow’s Doctors is definitely the main one you should be familiar with, so make sure you’ve read it!

What’s Your Motivation For Medicine?

Yes, you would have expressed your motivation for Medicine in a great amount of detail in your Personal Statement, but do make sure you’re able to verbalise it as well.

What Are Your Extracurricular Interests?

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.

Do You Know Your Personal Statement?

Make sure you can talk about anything you’ve written in your Personal Statement 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!

Do You Have Work Experience/Voluntary Examples Ready?

It’s always nice to throw in real-life examples of things you’ve seen or done during work experience or a volunteering placement. Why not look over your reflections and pick out some good scenarios to keep at the back of your mind? 

What Are Your Strengths And Weaknesses?

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. Practice with personal insight questions.

What Field Of Medicine Do You See Yourself In?

You don’t need a definite answer, but it is worth gathering some thoughts about it. 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.

Have You Reviewed Example Questions And Answers?

You’ll never be able to predict the questions that will pop up in your interview, but it’s definitely worthwhile familiarising yourself with the types of questions you could be asked. You can try checking out the free Interview Question Bank

Are You Prepared For Specific Parts Of The Interview?

Some Medical Schools, 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.

Have You Done Mock Interviews?

It’s inevitable that you might not do so well in your first interview. Mock interviews help you to practice so you can be better equipped for the one that really matters. 

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