27th October 2023
Virtual Medical Interviews: Tips For Success
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some changes to medical school admissions. A significant change has been the move from in-person medical interviews to virtual interviews at some universities. A virtual interview in an interview that uses technology such as video conferencing software such as Zoom, or other online communication platforms. Several medical schools have already confirmed ...
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 ...
23rd October 2023
Medical Work Experience Alternatives
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more difficult for students to obtain in person work experience. Many hospitals and other organisations have suspended or restricted their work experience programs. However, if you are organised and cast the net wide, you can usually obtain in person work experience. Our blog on medical work experience provides some advice. However, if you are ...
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 ...
14th October 2023
Medical schools love to attract two groups of students. They pull out the red carpet for (a) rural students and (b) students who achieve a very high ATAR. Why? The real reason (not the one stated officially) is that the universities benefit directly and indirectly. If they recruit rural students, universities get significantly more funding from the government than they would if they recruit ...
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 ...