Preparing for Medicine Interview?

Our Medical Interview Preparation Course is held by a wide pool of students who have been accepted into Medicine Schools locally, in the UK, and Australia. Having successfully gone through the Medicine Interview process themselves, these students would definitely be the best people to help your child prepare for their interview.

Overview of Medicine Interview

The Medicine Interview is often regarded as the dreaded final barrier between a candidate and their medical school dreams. For most universities, A-Level/IB results, personal statements, as well as UCAT or ISAT scores no longer matter once the candidate reaches the interview stage; the Medicine Interview will be the sole criteria used to determine their acceptance.

As such, it is extremely crucial to be well prepared for the Medicine Interview.

With that in mind, we believe that tapping on the knowledge of recently accepted Medical students is the best way to improve your child’s preparedness as their experience is both current and authentic. This is a far cry from what other prep companies offer; most employ trainers with no personal Medicine Interview experience who only scratch the surface with generic question banks.

Regardless of the school your child is applying for, we will connect them with a trainer who has successfully enrolled in that particular institute. This way, the help your child receives will be even more tailored to the requirements of each particular school.

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3 Different Types of Medicine Interview Questions

Personal Questions

Personal questions are a standard way of assessing the personality of the candidate. This is to allow the interviewer to determine if the candidate has the appropriate aptitude and character to excel in medicine.

Examples of personal questions:
i) Why did you choose to study medicine?
ii) Why did you apply to this medical school?
iii) Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
iv) Tell me about a time when you made a mistake.
v) What will you do if you do not get into Medical School?

Ethics Questions

Ethics questions are scenario questions that are often presented with a moral dilemma, requiring candidates to think through the different options and come to a decision.

The purpose of ethics questions is to:
i) find out how the candidate will react in certain situations
ii) Whether are they able to diffuse the situation
iii) assess the candidate’s train of thought (aka logical flow) when solving the issue.
iv) determine whether the candidate is aware of the 4 key pillars of medical ethics: autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence.
v) test the candidate in their understanding of key issues such as euthanisia.

Example of ethics questions:
i) The patient is 14 years old and requires a life saving blood transfusion. His parents are Jehovah Witnesses. They object to the doctor’s request to give the child a blood transfusion. What will you do?
ii) Your friend took home some needles to learn how to draw blood. How will you resolve the situation?
iii) A 15-year-old female came to ask for contraceptives. How will you handle a situation?
iv) A patient confesses that they have been taking illegal drugs. How will you handle the situation?
v) A patient is suffering from an incurable cancer and requested you to end her life. What will you do?

Role Play

Doctors will always be required to interact with patients. Thus, this segment will require the candidate to listen to a scenario and approach the role player to interact with them accordingly. The purpose of this station in the Medicine Interview is to test the candidate’s natural conversation skills. At the same time, the station assesses the candidate’s ability to react on the spot and make spontaneous decisions when resolving a problem.

Examples of role play questions:
i) You are a medical student. Your friend is suffering from a headache and asks for your advice on whether he should take the medicine he found in the cupboard.

ii) Your friend cheated in the examination. You approach your friend after the exam.

iii) A patient is getting frustrated with the long waiting time at the A&E. You approach the patient.

iv) You accidentally run over your friend’s dog. You need to inform your friend about this.

What Can Our Medicine Interview Preparation Course Offer?

Structuring Answers

Being a doctor requires a lot of interaction with people. As such, one of the purposes of the Medicine Interview is to assess a candidate’s logical thinking and ability to articulate thoughts clearly. When answering questions, candidates will need to be able to illustrate a clear train of thought to bring their point across clearly, as well as demonstrate fluency and articulation in their responses. Through our preparatory course, we will be able to help your child formulate a proper structure for answering questions so that they will always be able to bring their points across clearly.

One of the common approaches is to make of use the STAR approach:
Situation: Describe the situation you are in to set the context.
Task: Describe the task you have to do.
Action: Describe the action taken to resolve the situation.
Result: Detail the results of your actions and highlight your strengths.

Feedback

In order to properly prepare for the Medicine Interview, getting feedback for your child’s answers is extremely important for improvement. We will help them refine their responses to be better structured and more well thought out, so that they can present their ideas in the best way possible.

Practice

Practice makes perfect. This is especially applicable to the Medicine Interviews, where candidates will be expected to give prompt answers under high-pressure situations. Gaining exposure to different types of questions through practice will ensure that your child is not caught off guard during the interview, allowing them to put forth their best self and give the best answer possible. Making them think through their responses beforehand will also provide the candidates with greater confidence during the interview, as they do not have to scramble to think of their response during the interview itself. We firmly believe that the more exposure they get to different types of questions, the more well prepared they will be.

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Distinction Tutors can help

Getting into Medical School is a highly competitive and tough process, with only a small percentage of candidates being successful. To add to the pressure, this process is often a one-off, as many universities do not accept reapplications. Getting to this point itself is already a rare opportunity, so every effort must be made to give your child the best chances of overcoming the final obstacle standing in the way of their Medical School aspirations. Reach out to us today and sign your child up for our Medical Interview Preparation Course to get started!

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