Practice answering questions in timed conditions. Keep calm, think about your answer and don’t waffle!
Ensure you are prepared for ‘obvious’ questions. E.g. “Why Medicine?”, or “Tell me about the book you wrote about in your personal statement.”
Use your past experiences and work experience to answer questions. This is a ‘competency’ style of question, and so it’s good to line up some examples of significant things you remember from your experience to answer questions such as, “How have you shown resilience?” or “How do you cope with stress?”
Keep up to date with current affairs. What are your thoughts on the junior doctor contract? What are your thought on NIPT testing e.g. Harmony test?
DMA tutors can ensure you are prepared to answer difficult questions.
Practice answering ethical questions. A good place to start is to learn about the ‘four principles of medical ethics’ to structure your answers. How would you use this to approach a difficult situation, such as: “You see a patient after his diagnosis of HIV. He refuses to tell his wife about his diagnosis. How would you react to this?”
Be prepared to be tested on your integrity and honesty. For example, you may be asked how you would deal with the following circumstance: “A junior doctor phones in sick for an on-call shift leaving the ward unstaffed and meaning you as another junior have to cover 2 wards. You know they were out late last night and think they are not really unwell, what would you do?”
Practice situational judgement questions where you will be given a question and have to answer with one of three options: ‘always acceptable’, ‘sometimes acceptable’, ‘or never acceptable’. E.g. A consultant comes into work smelling of alcohol every day for a week. You may also be provided with more specific multiple choice answers, such as: ‘ignore the situation completely’, ‘monitor the situation and consider speaking to other colleagues if it continues’, or ‘speak to your supervisor about the situation’.
Dukes Medical Applications tutors have a vast bank of resources to work with to enable you to be prepared for these style of questions and many others you may be asked.
Finally and most importantly relax and get a good night sleep. Ensure you arrive in plenty of time for the interview and are hydrated and fed to guarantee you perform at your very best!
Here at Dukes Medical Applications, we have a team of expert tutors who can spend quality time with you both on a one to one level and in groups helping you become optimally prepared for your interview.
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