How will Medical and Dental schools use Interviews? Here’s a summary

How will Medical and Dental schools use Interviews? Here’s a summary

1 month ago by Robert

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 interviews.

Each university uses medical interviews differently, and it can be confusing. Here is a summary:

 

 

 

 

Course

How are students selected for interview?

Type of interview

Interview themes

How are students selected for a place?

Adelaide University

(Medicine & Dentistry)

Based on UCAT

MMI

Personal skills and abilities Motivation and self-awareness

Critical thinking and problem solving

Attention to detail and professional behaviour

Interpersonal and communication skills

Prioritising, integrity and conscientiousness

Aptitude for group learning and teamwork

Compatibility and understanding of the degree and applicable health profession

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

Auckland University

Medicine

Based on GPA

MMI

Fluency in oral English

Excellent communication skills

Resilience and adaptability in responding to challenges

Commitment to self-reflection and life-long learning

Ability to lead and contribute positively within groups

Awareness of the nature of the health profession

A strong commitment to the study and practice of health care

Empathy, sensitivity, and enthusiasm for people and their well-being

Social responsibility including an awareness of prevailing community needs and global health issues

Commitment to supporting safe, inclusive, and equitable access to health care for all people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Well-rounded abilities and interests across a variety of areas

15% UCAT

25% interview

60% GPA/CST

Curtin University

Medicine

Based on UCAT + ATAR

MMI

Personal skills and abilities Communication

Critical thinking and problem solving

Ethical decision making

Rural vs urban care

Professional behaviour

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

James Cook University

Medicine

Based on responses on written application, together with all available information regarding academic performance

Panel

Personal skills and abilities Communication and critical analysis skills

Advocacy and ethical reasoning

Empathetic reasoning

Teamwork and collaboration skills

Tropical medicine knowledge

Motivation to study medicine

Understanding of rural and remote health issues

ATAR

Written application

Interview

Monash University

Medicine

December round: Based on UCAT only

January round: Based on UCAT + ATAR

MMI

Personal skills and abilities Motivation

Communication skills

Critical thinking

Ethical reasoning

Empathic reasoning

Teamwork and collaboration

Advocacy

collaboration

33% UCAT

33% Interview*

33% ATAR

Newcastle University

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UNE

Medicine

100% UCAT

MMI

Personal skills and abilities Capacity to thrive within the Joint Medical Program learning environment

Ability to make every day and important decisions affecting yourself and others, often without certainty about the outcome

Interpersonal and communication skills

Degree of personal desire and driving force to be a doctor

Interview + PQA

University of New South Wales

Medicine

Based on UCAT + ATAR

Semi-structured panel

Communication skills

Motivation for medicine

Empathy

Personal skills and abilities

Self-awareness

Voluntary / work experience

Teamwork

Hobbies

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

University of Queensland (including CQU pathway)

UCAT

MMI

Commitment to medicine

Teamwork

Personal skills and abilities

Communication skills

Your opinion on various healthcare policies

Ethical reasoning

kindness and compassion  

integrity  

adaptability 

ATAR 25%

UCAT 25%

Interview 50%

University of Western Australia

(Medicine & Dentistry)

UCAT and predicted/actual ATAR

MMI

Commitment to medicine

Communication skills

Personal skills and abilities

Values and Ethics

Working with others

Providing and receiving assistance

Trustworthiness/accountability

Self-awareness

Cultural competence

Management skills

Problem solving

Teamwork/Collaboration

Conflict resolution

Empathy/resiliance

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

Western Sydney
University

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Charles Sturt University

Medicine

100% UCAT (once academic threshold met)

MMI

Motivation for medicine

Decision making

Personal skills and abilities

Teamwork

Ethics

Cultural awareness

UCAT + Interview (greater emphasis on interview)

University of Sydney (Medicine & Dentistry) ATAR Panel discussion plus written component

Motivation to pursue double degree

Interest in research

Interview is used to 'select-out' rather than 'select-in'.

Written assessment + Panel discussion
Bond University GPA/ATAR and Psychometric assessment MMI

Motivation for studying at Bond

Knowledge and critical thinking

Leadership

Initiative

Teamwork

Communication skills

Responsibility

Interview score
Griffith University Dentistry UCAT MMI

Motivation for dentistry

Teamwork

Communication and empathy

Ethics and social awareness

Critical thinking.

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

Charles Sturt University

Dentistry

UCAT score (if not a CSU student) Panel

Motivation for a career in dentistry

Commitment to rural and regional dental practice

Problem solving

Decision making

Spatial awareness skills

Interview score

*At Monash, you only have one chance at the medical interview. That is, if you’re invited to an interview but are unsuccessful in obtaining a place, when you reapply the following year the same interview score will be used.

Note: Please ensure you check the relevant university website for the latest information, as changes occur frequently and without notice.

As you can see from the above table, interviews are vitally important, being weighted at between 25% and 100% when making the final decision regarding which students will be admitted into medicine!

Remember, universities are not just looking for academically bright students (as important as that is), they want students who can show they are highly motivated to be doctors, have good teamwork skills, excellent communication skills, are empathetic and understand wider healthcare issues.

Have you developed strategies that will allow you to demonstrate your qualities effectively? Do you know the questions that will arise at your medical interview? Do you have a solid understanding of what the interviewers are looking for? If not, you need to start preparing!

 

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