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Empathy Questions

Below is a selection of Medical School interview questions on the theme of ‘Empathy’.

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.


Empathy

How would you define empathy to someone who does not know what it means?

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Empathy: how would you define the term to somebody who doesn’t know what it means?

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Why is it important for medical professionals to be empathetic towards their patients?

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Imagine that you are a medical student on a hospital ward placement. How would you explain to a patient that they need to have another blood sample taken, as the results of the last test having been lost?

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Why should members of a healthcare team show empathy towards one another as well as towards their patients?

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Is the practice of being an empathetic healthcare professional something that you can learn in a lecture?

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Which is more important in Medicine, being empathetic or being sympathetic?

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As a doctor, how would you deal with a parent who has brought their child into accident and emergency and is angry about them having to wait a long time to be seen?

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What would you say to a female patient who is scared to get the HPV vaccine which protects against cervical cancer?

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As a recently-qualified junior doctor, you are given the chance to perform your first unsupervised colonoscopy. During the procedure, the colonoscope perforates the colon, resulting in the patient becoming acutely unwell and dying just 2 days after. The patient’s family has now come to see you; how would you base your approach to the situation?

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What thoughts and feelings will go through the head of a patient feeling after having been told that their alcoholism has led to irreversible liver damage?

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