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 ...
11th October 2023
Why some students don’t prepare for Medical Interviews
Medical interviews are a crucial aspect of the selection process for entry into health science courses. In some universities, medical interviews are weighted at more than 50% of the total selection criteria (James Cook University, Newcastle/JMP, WSU/CSU and Bond University). Most people focus on their ATAR scores, study for the UCAT but do not prepare for their medical interview. Hence there a ...
9th October 2023
MedEntry Interview Training Now Available!
It’s an exciting moment to receive a medical interview offer, but does that excitement turn to nerves when you think of the actual medical interview? Does the thought of the medical interview fill you with panic? You might worry that you will not be able to answer medical interview questions in the most articulate way, that you may say the wrong thing or even that you will just not ...
6th October 2023
I am expecting a high ATAR and I scored highly in UCAT - Do I still need Interview training?
This is a common question asked by MedEntry students. Such students, having used MedEntry’s program, have scored highly in UCAT. In addition, many expect to receive a very high ATAR. These students may feel that a place in medical school is guaranteed, so they wonder: 'Why bother with interview training?' Here is a question we received just this week from a student: ‘I e ...
4th October 2023
One-on-One with a Medical School Interviewer
I was fortunate enough to have jumped through the hurdles that lie on the way to medical school, and there are quite a few benefits on the other side. I was fortunate in being able to talk to someone who had previous experience as an interviewer. The following is an excerpt from a conversation I had with a past interviewer to understand what they are looking for in medical interview candidates ...
29th September 2023
How will Medical and Dental schools use Interviews? Here’s a summary
So, you’ve completed your UCAT and now you’re working hard to achieve high grades. But what about your medical interview? Medical interviews are perhaps the most under-recognised part of the medical entry admissions process. Highly able students who have excelled in their UCAT and ATAR have unfortunately missed out on a place in medicine due to failure to understand and prepare for ...