Top 8 Medicine Interview TipsMonday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM
At your Medicine interview, you’ll be asked questions on a variety of topics. The Medic Portal, officially partnered with the Royal Society of Medicine, advises hundreds of schools and thousands of medical school applicants, and has provided top tips on approaching each medical school interview topic.
Questions and detailed answer guides to each topic can be found in our free Medical School Interview Question Bank.
Background and Motivation
These questions may take the form of ‘Why Medicine?’ or ‘What aspects of being a doctor appeal to you?’.
Top tip: Perhaps you find the combination of human engagement and scientific work appealing, or you would love the teamwork aspect of being a doctor - whatever your motivation, make sure you communicate this!
Depth and Breadth of Interest
In these questions you may be asked about an interesting news article you’ve read, or what you think the most exciting recent development in Medicine is.
Top tip: Show your interviewers that you’ve spent some time actively engaging with Medicine - whether this is reading medical journals or completing extracurricular projects.
Empathy questions often ask how you would react in a difficult patient scenario, testing your interpersonal and communication skills.
Top tip: Demonstrate your ability to communicate your professional opinion whilst also empathising with the patient and considering their concerns.
NHS Hot Topics
Your interviewers may ask your opinion on a recent NHS issue, such as the 7-Day NHS or junior doctors’ contracts.
Top tip: Make sure you keep up to date with the latest medical news. In your interview, remember to talk about both sides of a debate, weighing up the positives and negatives, before drawing a reasoned conclusion.
Ethics questions may cover topics such as euthanasia or abortion, asking you what the ethical implications are for each scenario.
Top tip: Make sure you research and apply the four pillars of Ethics to each scenario - these are Autonomy, Non-Maleficence, Beneficence and Justice.
These are usually tricky questions designed to test your communication skills. For example, you may be asked, ‘Why do we wear shoes?’ or ‘How much does a mountain weigh?’.
Top tip: Remember to vocalise your thought process - your interviewers are not looking for a perfect answer, but want to see that you can communicate clearly when faced with a difficult question.
Teamwork questions will often rely on examples, such as ‘Tell us about a time you worked well as part of a team’ or ‘Give us an example of when you observed good leadership skills’.
Top tip: Have examples ready - perhaps you demonstrated excellent organisation, leadership or team communication skills in your medical society or Duke of Edinburgh award.
These questions will ask you to reflect on what you learned from your work experience.
Top tip: Go through your work placement diary to highlight your key experiences, such as specific patient interactions or observations, as well as what they taught you about working in Medicine.