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e-BOOK
103 model medical school interview answers

Painstakingly crafted by the ProjectMedSchool Doctor, who has sat on medical school interview panels. these model answers will serve you well in the run up to your interview and are designed to compliment and build on the theory learned in the Interview Course.

 

It's also packed with tips, tricks, and answering strategies. 

 

103 answers make up a lot of reading! Start your interview prep early with this 271 page eBook.

 

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Contents

01

Personal Motivation and Preparedness

  • Why do you want to be a doctor?

    • General answer

    • Scientist answer

    • Artist answer

  • If you want to care for people, why not become a nurse?

  • If you want to help as many people as possible, why not become a politician and oversee policy on a larger scale?

  • What experiences have you had that confirmed your decision to pursue medicine?

  • How have you prepared for the academic rigor of medical school?

  • Was there a particular moment that solidified your desire to become a doctor?

  • How will you manage the demands of medical school?

  • Describe a time when you had to balance multiple priorities and how you succeeded.

  • In what ways have you sought to develop your interpersonal skills in preparation for a medical career?

04

Empathy and Communication

  • Describe a situation where you demonstrated empathy.

    • Volunteering example

    • Tutoring example

  • How do you plan to communicate effectively with patients?

  • Discuss a time when you faced a communication challenge and how you addressed it.

    • Medical example

    • Non-medical example

  • Share an experience where active listening played a crucial role.

    • Medical example

    • Non-medical example

  • How do you plan to foster open communication within a healthcare team?

  • Describe a time when you received constructive feedback and how you incorporated it.

  • How do you ensure effective communication with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds?

  • Explain how you would approach breaking difficult or sensitive news to a patient.

06

Capacity, Consent and Confidentiality

  • What do you understand by the term “capacity” in a medical context?

  • What do you know of the Mental Capacity Act 2005?

  • How can you tell if a patient lacks capacity?

  • What would you do if a patient lacks capacity?

  • Are you aware of any ethical or legal guidance regarding providing contraception for teenagers?

  • How would you approach a situation where a parent wants to know if you have prescribed contraception for their 15 year old daughter?

  • What do you understand by the term “consent” in a medical context?

  • When might it be appropriate to treat a patient without their consent?

  • When might it be appropriate to breach a patient’s confidentiality?

  • How would you approach a situation where a patient does not want to disclose an HIV diagnosis to their partner?

07

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • What makes a good team player within medicine?

  • Describe a time when you had a conflict with a team member and how you resolved it.

  • What makes a team a successful team?

  • Share an experience where effective teamwork led to a positive outcome.

    • Medical example

    • Non-medical example

  • How do you handle differing opinions within a team?

  • How would your approach to handling different opinions change if the team’s goals were time-sensitive and high-pressured?

  • Reflect on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in patient care.

10

Current Healthcare Issues / Hot Topics

  • What are your thoughts on the current state of the NHS?

  • What is the NHS Long Term Plan?

  • How would you address healthcare disparities/inequities?

  • What is the importance of preventive medicine?

  • How would you allocate resources if you were in charge of the NHS budget?

  • Discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems and patient care.

  • Should doctors have the right to strike?

    • Yes

    • No

12

Career Goals and Specialisation

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  • How do you plan to contribute to the medical field beyond clinical practice?

  • How do you strike a balance between work and your personal life in a medical career.

  • Is having a work-life balance important to you?

  • Have you considered a specific medical specialisation, and why?

    • Neurology example

    • Orthopaedic surgery example

14

Social and Cultural Awareness

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  • What do you believe is the role of a doctor in advocating for social justice?

  • How do you plan to contribute to reducing healthcare disparities in your community?

  • Explore the impact of socioeconomic factors on healthcare access and outcomes.

  • What unconscious cultural biases might we encounter in medicine?

02

Academics

  • Tell us about your academic background.

    • ​Maths as third A-level

    • ​​Spanish as third A-level

  • How has your academic background uniquely prepared you for the challenges of medical school?

  • Can you describe a particularly impactful academic project or coursework that significantly influenced your decision to pursue medicine?

  • Describe a time when you had to balance academic priorities and extracurricular activities.

03

Understanding of the Medical Profession

  • What do you think is the most significant challenge facing healthcare today in the UK?

  • How has your perception of the medical profession evolved?

  • What qualities make a good doctor?

  • Reflect on a time when you observed a medical professional handle a challenging situation well.

    • Cardiac arrest example

    • Breaking bad news example

  • How do you envision addressing healthcare disparities as a future physician?

  • In what ways do you see technology positively or negatively impacting the future of healthcare?

  • What role do you believe physicians should play in healthcare policy and advocacy?

05

Ethical Scenarios

  • Reflect on the ethical implications of genetic testing and precision medicine.

  • What do you know of the Charlie Gard case and what ethical considerations are there?

  • What do you know of the Alfie Evans case and what ethical considerations are there?

  • What are the four key tenets of medical ethics?

  • Discuss a case you have heard about within medicine that has ethical considerations.

  • Discuss a medical ethics dilemma you’ve encountered, which you found particularly complex.

  • How would you handle a situation where a patient refuses treatment?

  • What is your stance on abortion?

    • “Pro-Choice”

    • “Pro-Life”

  • What is your stance on “opt-out” organ donation?

    • In favour

    • Against

  • Share your thoughts on the ethical implications of emerging medical technologies.

  • How do you balance patient autonomy with the need for adherence to medical recommendations?

  • Discuss a time when you encountered an ethical dilemma while volunteering or working in healthcare.

  • Reflect on the ethical responsibilities of physicians in resource-limited settings.

08

Leadership

  • Discuss a situation where you had to lead a team to achieve a common goal.

  • How do you handle stress and pressure as a leader?

  • Describe an example of effective leadership you have witnessed in a medical setting.

  • How would you deal with a difficult manager or team leader?

  • Tell me about your experience of failure as a leader.

09

Adversity and Resilience

  • How do you handle failure or setbacks?

  • Discuss a time when you faced adversity in an academic setting.

  • Describe a time when you had to adapt to change.

  • How do you maintain a positive outlook in challenging situations?

  • Share your thoughts on the role of resilience in preventing burnout among healthcare professionals.

11

Adversity and Resilience

  • How do you plan to stay updated on medical advancements throughout your career?

  • Discuss a time when you had to quickly learn and apply new information.

  • How do you plan to mentor and support future generations of medical professionals?

  • Reflect on the value of continuing education in maintaining clinical proficiency.

13

Healthcare Technology and Innovation

  • Explore the potential impact of emerging medical technologies on your future practice.

  • Discuss the role of technology in improving patient outcomes and healthcare efficiency.

  • Can you discuss a recent healthcare innovation that has caught your attention?

  • Should patients be able to demand face to face consultations instead of telemedicine or should it be a medical decision?

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