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Background and Motivation Questions

Below is a selection of Medical School interview questions on the theme of ‘Background and Motivation to Study Medicine’.

The answer guides have been put together by medics who have successfully navigated interviews at top Medical Schools.

Remember, though, that an interview is about an individual, so there are no hard and fast rules. The answer guides are only examples and are not exhaustive. They should be used to stimulate your thinking — not repeated verbatim at your interview.


Background and Motivation

Why do you want to go to Medical School?

background and motivation
Background and Motivation: why do you want to study Medicine?

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If you were not offered a place to study Medicine, what would you do?

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What aspects of the working life of a doctor appeal to you?

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What aspects of the working life of a doctor don’t appeal to you?

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Can non-scientific hobbies add to a person’s ability to be a good doctor, and why? Can you think of any examples in your own case?

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What do you find interesting about Medicine?

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What do you wish to achieve from your medical career?

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