One easy way to show that you’re deeply interested in Medicine is to pick up some extracurricular activities that relate to this. This could include joining your school’s Medical Society or Science Society.
Get involved by organising some speakers to talk to the Society about medical research or about a career in Medicine, or get a group together to discuss interview questions and practise answering them. These are great ways to demonstrate your organisational skills and your passion for the subject.
If you don’t already have a Medical Society or Science Society at your school, you could always set one up!
Understanding hot topics will help you to show your interest in Medicine.
If you regularly browse the BBC News Health website, New Scientist and the Student BMJ, you are sure to come across some interesting articles. Pick a story that really interests you and try to read the original research paper if you can.
Remember key points from the research so you can discuss it confidently if you’re asked about something you’ve read. It’s also a good idea to think about how the research could lead to better patient care.
You could try taking on a research project to deepen and demonstrate your understanding of Medicine. This could include working on a Medicine EPQ, giving presentations in your school’s Medical Society, or helping out with an audit at your local GP Practice.
Having something like this to discuss at interview will be a great asset for your interview prep. Make sure you emphasise that you enjoyed the process of looking into a topic in-depth, and you would relish the opportunity to do similar projects at Medical School.
You may be asked about what you’ve read outside of medical journals and news – and having an interest in books with a medical theme is another great way to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your passion for Medicine.
Take a look at these books to read before your interview, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sack and This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay.
You might be asked interview questions that explore your career aspirations. Were you lucky enough to undertake a work experience placement in a speciality that particularly excites you, like paediatrics, psychiatry or surgery? Try to talk to Doctors in that speciality to get an idea about what the training is like.
Be prepared to discuss the pathway to becoming a Doctor, and mention who you’ve spoken to and what you’ve learned while exploring this. Just be careful to remain open-minded in your interview and not sound like you have your heart set on one area of specialism.
Review example depth and breadth of interest in Medicine questions and practise answering them.
This will help you to express your enthusiasm in a clear, concise way and avoid unnecessary tangents.
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