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Ethics Questions

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

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.

When dealing with these questions, try to apply the 4 pillars of ethics:


Ethics

What do you understand about euthanasia? Does euthanasia have a place in modern medicine?

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Medical Ethics: does euthanasia have a place in modern Medicine?

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Do you agree with abortion? What are the ethical issues here?

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A patient refuses treatment for a life-threatening condition. Discuss the ethical issues involved.

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A 14 year old patient goes to the GP and asks for the oral contraceptive pill. Discuss the ethical issues involved.

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A patient diagnosed with HIV reveals to their GP they have not disclosed this information to their partner. Discuss the ethical issues involved.

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You are a medical student at this School. One day in the teaching hospital, you see one of your fellow students putting medical equipment from the stock room into their bag. When you ask them about it, they say they only want to practise their clinical skills and not to tell anyone. What would you do?

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Organ donation should be an opt-out system rather than an opt-in system in this country. Do you agree or disagree?

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What does ‘patient confidentiality’ mean? When would it be appropriate to breach this?

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A 13 year old patient reveals to you that they are sexually active and that their parents do not know. What would you do as a doctor in this the situation?

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A depressed patient who has refused treatment has mentioned having suicidal thoughts and you are concerned about his well-being. Discuss the ethical issues involved.

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