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Medical Interview course for just £185
The vast majority of UK medical schools choose to interview potential medical students and the interview is often a source of great anxiety for students .
Many students have similar predicted grades, a well written personal statement with a good UKCAT score. The medical interview therefore becomes the means to distinguish candidates. Medical schools are looking for the doctors of the future and are therefore looking for the qualities needed to succeed in the profession, so your behaviours and answers in the medical interview will determine wether or not you receive an offer.
The interview process can vary greatly from a two person paneled traditionally structured 20 minute interview to a 12 station multiple mini interviews lasting in excess of an hour. Interviewers are typically doctors but may also be medical students or lay people. Candidates are assessed against a set criteria which will be the same for every candidate to ensure fairness.
Our course covers all aspects of the medical school interview, we look at both the traditional structured interviews to the newer multiple mini interview (MMI) format.The Doctor To Be course will provide you with all the hints and tips on how to ace your medical interview. We will go through generic communication skills, look at lots of common questions as well as giving examples on how best to approach such questions. We also look at the NHS, current topical health issues and some discussion on medical ethics.
Perhaps most important is the afternoon session where every student will have the chance to answer interview questions in a staged interview.
We limit our courses to a maximum of 30 participants to allow students to practice role play interviews and each course attendee will receive personal feedback.
Our interview course is run by experienced NHS medical doctors, surgeons and GP’s who have first hand experience of being interviewed but most importantly currently sit on medical school interview panels so we know exactly what medical schools are expecting!
Our course will leave you feeling confident about the medical interview process and our full day course is great value at only £185.
Top 10 Tips For The Medical Interview
1. Read the interview letter
The letter should inform you as to the date, time and location of the interview. It should also explain the interview structure as to wether it is a straight forward 2 or 3 person interview or how many stations it is if an MMI structured interview. If you feel any information is lacking then make sure you either check the universities website or speak to someone in medical school admissions department.
2. Do your research on the medical school and university
Make sure you research the university and the medical school. You need to know how the medical programme is structured. What type of course is it, how that medical schools curriculum varies from others etc. What is the university known for, is it pioneering in any particular field of scientific research. How does it score on student satisfaction, where does it rank in terms of medical schools etc.
3. Have some answers ready
We would normally recommend you have some common questions answered in your head. Questions such as why medicine or why our medical school. You need to have a structured, well thought out answer. But at the same time you do not want to seem like your just reeling off an answer in your head, its important to seem genuine. So if you have the points you want to mention in your head, you can then allow your brain to formulate the sentences on the day!
4. Be aware of current medically related issues in the news
Candidates are often asked about a major topical health issue. Our advice would be to keep abreast of latest health news in the months leading up to your medical interview.
5. Be confident
Appearing confident gives the interviewer the perception that your a competent, mature, self assured individual thus increasing your chances of scoring well in the medical interview.
6. Stay strong
In an interview you may come across a very difficult question that you feel you haven't answered particularly well. This may have the potential to derail your interview if you allow it too. If you do encounter a difficult question, answer it the best you can and then try to forget about it and move on, do not allow it to effect the rest of the interview.
7. Communication skills, communication skills, communication skills
Good communication skills is an essential part of becoming a doctor. Apart from that, this is an interview, as with any interview, how you communicate is the difference between success and failure. Some basics to communication includes listening, not talking over the interviewer, not fidgeting, smiling and maintaing good eye contact. Some people are natural communicators but our course will provide you the skills to enhance your interpersonal skills.
8. Give multi-faceted answers
Some answers need to be answered in some depth. Its not enough to come up with just one reason why you want to study medicine or just one answer as to why you have applied to that particular medical school. You need to give appropriately detailed answers whilst making sure they are concise as to avoid blabbering on.
9. Listen to the question
You need to make sure you have answered the question they have asked. Now that may seem obvious but there are times where a question is asked but the candidate skirts around the answer or gives a reply without actually responding to the exact question. Listen to the question and if you don’t quite understand the question there is no harm in clarifying with the interviewer.
10. Look the part
Again this may seem obvious but I have interviewed people who certainly do not look the part. So make sure you look smart and are dressed appropriately which means no skirts above knee length, no jeans and no trainers!