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INTERVIEW GUIDE (150 Questions)

Free Medical Interview Questions

Our Interview Guide contains over 30 role plays and scenarios with model answers, over 15 questions about COVID-19 and over 150 of the most commonly asked stations in the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). 

 

The entire guide is suitable for those who have panel or MMI interviews.

 

We have selected 5 FREE medical interview questions from our website for you to use.

Example of COVID-19 Question


What are the Likely Long Term Implications of COVID-19 on the NHS? This is an extremely open-ended question, and you have the opportunity to pursue many avenues of answer. As a general guide, we have outlined the likely long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NHS. Again, you should try to avoid discussing financial implications in great detail, as assessors want to see your understanding of the NHS system in relation to healthcare and patient well-being. The first long-term complication is in regards to the virus itself. At the current moment of writing, no successful vaccine exists for the virus; thus, it is likely that hospitals will have to employ long-term measures for continual treatment of patients with COVID-19. This may include dedicated wards for COVID-19 patients only, or entire isolated sections of the hospital building. In turn, this will continue the stress and strain on the NHS as discussed above. Logically, it is likely that much NHS funding will be directed towards research and experimentation for a potential vaccine, which could redirect funding from elsewhere in the NHS - this would have its own complications, but as it is a matter of financial and political discussion, focus should not be spent there in great depth. Should a vaccine be found and successfully approved, the following long-term implication is that the NHS will have to redirect efforts to distributing the vaccine to as much of the population as physically possible; this means that hospitals, GPs and other health professionals will be focused on administering the vaccine, beginning with high risk groups, to allow normality in society once more. There is also a likely long-term implication on routine and other urgent care within the NHS outside of COVID-19. First and foremost, all ‘routine’ appointments and operations were cancelled for the foreseeable future; this means many patients are left in the middle of treatment or in pain as a result of treatment being cancelled. The doctors and nurses on these wards and clinics have been redeployed into Intensive Care Units (ICU) and COVID-19 wards, with their sole focus on helping deal with the demand on the NHS that COVID-19 has brought about. Once these clinics and operations are allowed to resume, these doctors and nurses are likely to still be required on the COVID-19 wards, meaning that there will be staff shortages on other wards. In addition, there is likely to be an extremely long waiting list and backlog of patients that will need to be attended to. There will be implications as to how patients will be seen - will it be “first come first serve” or will there be a system required for fairly organising patients to return? Regardless of this, the face of routine medicine will most definitely change in the long-term too; there are likely to be far fewer face-to-face consultations, and any that do take place will be carried out under heavy PPE to avoid risks of transmission. This will raise long-term implications within the NHS that doctors and healthcare professionals may not be able to build the trust and rapport through normal communication, and may need to resort to other measures, such as videos, pictures and other diagrams - it will result in a big shift in the way medicine was traditionally undertaken. On a wider view, the NHS will likely reduce their focus on “fringe” healthcare such as domiciliary visits to carehomes and those unable to leave their houses. This will result in this portion of the population having longer waiting times to be seen by a medical professional, which could in turn lead to further health complications for them. Again, on a wider viewpoint, the NHS may choose to nationalise the COVID-19 response in the long-term; sites such as The Nightingale Hospital, for example, may become the central COVID-19 hub for all of South-East England. The NHS may choose to refer all COVID-19 cases to one specific site in order to allow normal function of other hospitals to resume. This will undoubtedly have a financial impact, but it will also stretch the thin NHS staff across multiple sites, making their jobs harder and more stressful. Please purchase the Complete Package to have access to over 150 Medical Interview Questions like this.




Example of Work Experience Question


What Surprised You About Medicine During Your Work Experience? This is a question that often throws interviewees by surprise, and therefore usually elicits a poor range of responses. A good answer to this question will highlight how you did not just 'attend' your work experience, but were inquisitive, asked questions and processed your thoughts and emotions during this time. The key to answering this well is good preparation and thinking about your experiences, and what it was that struck you from them. Your answer should highlight any surprising fact that you may have picked up throughout your work experience. An excellent answer will then go on to explain how this may alter your view or perception of Medicine in the workplace. There are a range of different topics that are commonplace in answering this question. Some of these topics include, witnessing the importance of a particular trait within medicine, others could be the resilience of patients, the techniques used by doctors to consult patients or even attitudes of health care professionals within the workplace. Here is an example of a model answer: “I realised that medicine is far more diverse and complicated than I previously imagined. Before I began my work experience, I had little understanding or appreciation of the necessity of exceptional communication and teamwork between allied health care professionals to achieve optimal patient care. During the ward rounds, I witnessed how the consultant relied on information given to her by the physiotherapist, occupational therapist, junior doctors and the sister of the ward. This allowed each patient to be considered in a holistic manner, and all of their social and medical issues looked at as one. I witnessed the benefit that this input had first hand when there was an elderly patient who was considered medically fit for discharge, but due to input from the occupational therapists, it was realised that his house was unsafe for his return. Their house was then reviewed by the local rapid response team who were able to clean it, and install safety frames and bannisters to help the patient walk around the house safely, improving their quality of life whilst minimising their chance of a return to the hospital with a similar complaint. From this, I learnt the importance of the wider team in managing patients in an effective and safe manner. I will always do my best to consider the social status of patient's that I encounter in the future, as these have such a tremendous bearing on the well-being of a patient.” This answer clearly states what the interviewee learnt from their work experience and why it surprised them. They then went onto explain the implications of this, and how it will impact their future perceptions and interactions with patients. Please purchase the Complete Package to have access to over 150 Medical Interview Questions like this.




Example of Personal Insight Question


Tell Me About Your Greatest Achievement It is worthwhile using this opportunity to demonstrate what you have accomplished and how you have learnt from the experience. Consider a hobby or interest that uses one or more of the following specific skills, and consider how it links back to medicine in your answer:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork and being a team player
  • Dealing and coping with pressure
  • Organisation
  • Multi-tasking
  • Academic achievement

With your answer, you should convey your commitment, dedication and willpower required to accomplish such a great feat. For example: “I see my greatest achievement in the rugby tournament we played in last year. It’s one of our greatest achievements because of the enormous amount of effort and passion each individual put in. For this tournament, I was the vice-captain and I took my role to be one of motivating and igniting passion in the rest of the team. It required leadership, teamwork and a kind of mental strength that I did not know I could unlock until that point. The tournament began in a “group stage” before a knock-out phase. We lost our first game because we were not prepared mentally and showed poor focus. It took a lot of resilience to bounce back from our first defeat. The team captain and I held a meeting after the first game to refocus everyone and put the previous game behind us. We decided to briefly discuss the mistakes we made in the first game, and then put our focus onto moving on from our previous mistakes and building with a win in the next. As a team, we vowed to commit 100% of our efforts and fight for each team member. There was a unity and togetherness that is very rare in sports; each player was willing to sacrifice themselves for the team. The team implemented a strategy that played to the strengths of each individual, and we were all happy to execute it. We managed to go on an undefeated winning streak and won the tournament. The leadership and teamwork we required remind me of a medical team as I look back in hindsight; sometimes, things don’t go to plan, but you have to pull together as a team to do what is best for everyone (including any patient within the hospital).” This is a fantastic answer because it clearly begins with what their greatest achievement was. It then goes on to qualify why they believed this was their greatest achievement. Throughout they have reflected on the small changes that were made and how this led to the overall result. It then ends with the implication that this will have in medicine, which helps link the answer back to selling yourself as someone that will make a great medical student in the future. Please purchase the Complete Package to have access to over 150 Medical Interview Questions like this.




Example of NHS Question


If you had “£1,000,000 to spend on the NHS, how would you spend it? A good answer here will focus on something that can be improved in the NHS, and explain in detail why you have picked it, and how £1m will make a difference to this sector. Common topics that can be considered here are: improving the IT system, research, social care, community care, disease prevention, making more hospital beds or employing more doctors & nurses. £1m within each of these different areas will contribute different relative amounts. However, this question isn’t really asking where it will make the difference. The interviewer is really testing whether you have an appreciation for where the NHS could have more funding, or what problems could be solved with more investment in general. The best answers will revolve around something that the applicant may have seen themselves, for example: “I spent one week working at a GP practice in London. During this, I spent some time shadowing a GP during their consultations and other times working with the receptionists in the reception. It was here that I realised that there was a lack of clear communication between hospitals and GP practices with regards to discharge summaries and patient problems. Often the surgery would receive telephone calls asking about what medications a patient was taking. The GP surgery would often receive discharge summaries 3-4 days after a patient was discharged from the hospital. This meant that GPs who were seeing patients soon after discharge from hospital, would not have information from their recent stay. I noted that this was particularly a problem in some conditions and A&E visits that needed a rapid follow up in the community, such as in asthma attacks and a recheck of bloods in acute kidney injury. This could potentially have detrimental effects on patient care. While I recognise that £1m will be nowhere enough to having a fully fledged IT system, I would hope that it would be the start to something that I believe will soon be a fundamental necessity in the NHS. I also recognise that it will be fraught with potential problems such as confidentiality and training that needs to happen. However, a unified IT system would allow the transfer of information in real-time, saving time taken to make calls between the practices, and improving the efficiency and safety of patient care.” This model answer clearly describes something that the interviewee recognised was a problem during their work experience. This immediately highlights to the interviewer that they were engaged and inquisitive during their work experience - rather than being a fly on the wall. They then go on to explain in more detail why this is a big problem - this demonstrates how they have clearly spent time reflecting on this. The ending emphasises the benefits that would come from this. While it is clear that £1m will never be enough to solve it - this is not what the question is asking or what the interviewer is looking for. Please purchase the Complete Package​ to have access to over 150 Medical Interview Questions like this.




Example of Role Play Question


Your friendʼs mum has asked you to talk to him as his progress and grades are dropping in university. Talk to him and find out what is going on. This can be an extremely difficult scenario because you must be acutely aware that you are having a conversation with a friend who is also likely the same age as you. You must use appropriate language, tone of voice and empathy to connect with the individual. Your friend will likely be shy, embarrassed or closed-off when you attempt to discuss the matter, and you should not be surprised if you are unable to get any information from him/her initially. Start the conversation by being honest and explaining that his mum is worried regarding the progress and university grades. She asked you to talk about this but that you had noticed the recent drop in grades, too, and wanted to discuss it. Let him know that you are only there to support him and help him, not to judge or alert anyone else. As much as possible, this conversation will remain between the two of you unless you desperately need to ask for help from someone else. The actor will likely remain closed off and saying “nothing’s wrong” until you probe further – let him know you have noticed he hasn’t attended lectures, has seemed down lately and as a friend, you are concerned and worried. You want to help. Eventually, the friend will open up and explain his situation – it may be a very valid situation such as feeling homesick, or in trouble with the use of drugs. Whatever the situation, you must acknowledge it and empathise with the difficult situation he is going through. Use phrases such as “I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you…”, or “this must be very hard for you, what can I do to help?” or “tell me what I can do to help you..”. Let him know that you will support him through it, and if he wants, all of his other friends can be of support, too. Gently remind him that the university and Medical School also offer support (where appropriate) and will be on hand to guide students through the difficult course. Finally, if it is an issue which risks patient safety (such as alcoholism that means he is attending clinics drunk, for example), then you must remind him of his duty as a medical student and future clinician, and that if he doesn’t alert the Medical School himself, this would be one of those situations where you would be forced to inform them because it involves the safety of others. Agree a plan of action together; will you arrange daily or weekly catch-ups to see how your friend is doing? Will you arrange an appointment with a senior member of the Medical School? The examiners want to see a proactive approach to dealing with a problem and like to see a plan of action to help your friend. Please purchase the Complete Package to have access to over 150 Medical Interview Questions like this.





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