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.
Do you like the idea of full-body dissection? Perhaps the Medical School incorporates early clinical experience?
It’s always possible that you could be asked why you picked a certain Medical School, so make sure you know your reasons.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-Maleficence and Justice – make sure you know what these four pillars of medical ethics mean and how to use them.
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!
Some of the main qualities would be:
You should be able to provide examples for all of these!
Tomorrow’s Doctors is definitely the main one you should be familiar with, so make sure you’ve read it!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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