20th November 2023
Medical Interview Preparation: The 4 Pillars of Medical Ethics
Patients place immense trust in doctors, and doctors can have enormous impacts on their patients. For this reason, doctors are bound to an ethical code that prevents them from misusing their privileged position in ways that might hurt those for whom they care. Given the importance of ethical conduct to good medical practice, this is a common topic of medical interviews, as well as UCAT Situati ...
17th November 2023
Sample MMI Station: Role-Play
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) for medical admissions is challenging, in large part because of the considerable variation in station formats and topics. Role-play stations can be particularly challenging for students, and it is often hard to know how to approach these kinds of stations. In this blog I’ll break down a typical role-play station and offer some practical tips for fielding ...
3rd November 2023
Sample MMI Question and Response: A Difficult Dilemma
Questions for the medical Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) can be challenging, but practicing example questions can leave you much more prepared for the live interview and give you an edge over other medical interview candidates. In this post I’m going to be taking a look at a common type of MMI question, breaking it down, and presenting some ideas to discuss and tips for organising your re ...
1st November 2023
Presenting Yourself in Interviews
You may have started preparing for your medical interview. Practicing how to answer tough personal questions and scenarios are vital. However, one aspect of a medical interview that many people do not focus on is how to present yourself in front of the interviewers. Presentation is just as important as what you say in your medical interview. Now you might be thinking, ‘there’s n ...
27th October 2023
Virtual Medical Interviews: Tips For Success
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some changes to medical school admissions. A significant change has been the move from in-person medical interviews to virtual interviews at some universities. A virtual interview in an interview that uses technology such as video conferencing software such as Zoom, or other online communication platforms. Several medical schools have already confirmed ...
25th October 2023
Answering the BIG Medical Interview Question
One question which commonly comes up in both panel interviews and multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) for medical admission is the question of why you want to be a doctor. This question can take a number of different forms, such as: Why do you want to be a doctor? What are the things you like about studying medicine? What kind of a doctor do you want to be? Wh ...
20th October 2023
Work Experience in your Medical School Applications
Obtaining work experience is an important part of the medical school entry process. However, obtaining work experience has become significantly more difficult since the COVID pandemic. Many hospitals have cancelled or restricted their work experience programs, and other health facilities have become more reluctant to accept students into their organisations. However, it is still important t ...
18th October 2023
Sample MMI Station: Contemporary Issue
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) for medical admission is difficult, but with practice you can hone your interviewing skills and become more capable at answering common scenarios. In this post I’ll be breaking down a common medical interview scenario, one in which the interviewer gives you a prompt about a contemporary issue affecting society (typically related to health or ethics) and ...
16th October 2023
3 Common Interview Questions and How to Approach Them
Congratulations on having made it through the gruelling UCAT and your examinations and having been offered an interview for a medical program! Like the UCAT, the medical interview is a tool designed to assess your competency across various fields, and hence your suitability to be a doctor. And, just like in the UCAT, a strong understanding of the sorts of questions you might be asked, and the ...
13th October 2023
Preparing for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is a common interview structure now used by a large number of universities as a key component of the medical admissions process, alongside more traditional measures like examination results and UCAT. At most universities, strong medical interview performance is integral to gaining admission, with, on average, only around one third of candidates sitting the int ...