One way to show your interest in Medicine is to pick up some relevant extracurricular activities. This could include joining your school’s Medical Society or Science Society.
Get involved and be an enthusiastic member by organising some speakers to talk to the Society about medical research, or about what it’s like to study/practise Medicine. You could also get a group together to discuss common 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!
If you have a good understanding of NHS hot topics, this will help you to demonstrate your interest in Medicine.
Make an effort to regularly look at websites like BBC News Health, New Scientist and the Student BMJ, and 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 some key points from the research, so you will be able to discuss it confidently if your interviewers ask you about something you’ve read recently. It’s also a good idea to think about how the research could lead to better patient care.
You could take on a research project to deepen and further 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.
Having an interest in books about Medicine is another great way to demonstrate your enthusiasm.
Take a look at this list of 10 books to read before your interview, including This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay and War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line by David Nott.
You might be asked interview questions which explore your career aspirations. Have you done further research into any areas of Medicine in particular? Were you lucky enough to undertake a work experience placement in a speciality that particularly excites you, like paediatrics or surgery?
Be prepared to discuss your understanding of the pathway to becoming a Doctor, and mention what you’ve learned while exploring this. Just make sure you remain open-minded in your interview and don’t sound like you have your heart set on one area of specialism and nothing else.
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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