Doing work experience is one of the most important ways in which you can figure out if a career in Medicine is really for you. It will be useful to try and get as many different experiences as possible, so you can get an insight into what it’s like for medics day-to-day.
Being able to talk about this shows you’ve really thought about your future career, and you’re motivated to study Medicine.
Try to speak to Junior Doctors and get an understanding of the reality of studying Medicine and training to be a Doctor.
This will let you show the admissions tutors you have a realistic idea of life as a Doctor, that you accept there will be challenges in your career, but that you think the good things outweigh the bad.
By responding to medical interview questions confidently and proving you know what you are getting yourself into, you’re showing the interviewers that you’ve got the necessary coping mechanisms to deal with the challenges to come.
Talk to existing Med students to get an idea of the kinds of things they are learning and what their life is like. What are the good and bad points? Try and get a range of opinions if you can. Ask your school if they are in contact with any previous Medical School applicants from previous years and try asking them what kind of medical interview questions they had.
Make sure you’re aware of the key hot topics affecting Medicine – and stay abreast of current affairs. Having an interest in the area of Health helps demonstrate your motivation for Medicine.
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