In 2016 the United Kingdom held a referendum in which the majority of the electorate voted to leave the European Union. We look at how medical schools can ask questions relating to Brexit in medical school interviews.
Whilst learning from a book – providing it is not outdated – will give you a good background knowledge of what can be asked in interviews, we believe the best way to prepare for this is to be taught, just like at sixth form, and practice with live feedback from medical school tutors. It’s also the most enjoyable way to prepare!
Some students have been asking us about the actors that are used in MMI stations. They can simulate any third party, for example a patient, a friend or even a stranger. The subject of the station might not even be medical. Remember St Georges have indicated on their website they have a station involving you speaking to your neighbour having run over her cat.
With spaces being available again through UCAS clearing, let’s have a look at the St George’s clearing interview – it is likely to be the same as the interview done earlier in the year
Each medical school has its own criterion for evaluating a candidate’s personal statement. It can be used purely as a tool to decide who to call for interview, and therefore which applications to reject. The medical school may use the personal statement as a proportion of the overall assessment process (for example it forms a certain percentage of your overall assessment, combined with a score for interview, examination scores etc.)
We taught several students last year who were applying for veterinary medicine. The interviews tended to focus on broadly the same domains as medical school interviews. However, there are some important considerations. One of these is the financial impact of care. Whilst this is increasing becoming a consideration in deciding which treatments the NHS can fund, you are more likely to be exposed to such a consideration in a veterinary school MMI interview.
Medical schools are increasingly using live actors in MMI stations. A common scenario is where you have to use your initiative to resolve a conflict or a dilemma. From our knowledge of such assessments, the actor usually is briefed before the station and will have been told how to respond to what candidates say. They will usually not give away any information unless they are specifically asked.