Medical School Interview Questions
Why Medicine? Why not nursing?
What do you see yourself doing in 20 years?
What speciality are you interested in?
What famous alumni at our university do you know of?
What are the disadvantages of a career in medicine?
What differentiates the NHS from all other healthcare systems in the world?
Should doctors be banned from smoking?
Should the NHS fund IVF? What about injuries that arise from extreme sports e.g. Mountain climbing?
We have much better applicants than you – why should we take you?
A Jehovah’s witness is brought in by an ambulance to A&E after being in a road traffic accident. They need an urgent blood transfusion but the patient is refusing it. What do you do?
You’ve been appointed the new health secretary to the NHS. You’re given £1 Million to spend on either an MRI machine or on 50 liver transplants for patients with alcoholic cirrhosis. Which one would you choose?
Do you think pharmaceutical companies should be able to advertise on merchandise?
Are you a leader or a follower?
Tell me about a time when you showed good communication skills.
Tell me an instance where you made a difference in a team.
You are a junior doctor on colorectal surgery. Your consultant in charge turns up on Monday morning smelling strongly of alcohol. What do you do?
You are a junior doctor and on your way back from work after a busy night shift. At the car park, you find someone who has collapsed and requires CPR. You remember that you aren’t insured to do CPR outside the hospital – what do you do?
What is the EWTD? What is it’s significance?
What is the difference between a good and great doctor?
What is clinical governance? Why is it important?
What can you tell me about the current NHS reforms?
What impact would Britain leaving the EU have on the NHS?
How would you tell a patient they’ve got 3 months to live?
Which 3 skills are most important for a doctor to possess?
What is your biggest strength/weakness?
How do you deal with stress?
Do you think communication skills can be learned?
You didn’t actually do much work experience- why was this?
What did you learn from your work experience?
Compare and contrast your experiences at the GP and hospital.
How did your work experience change your views of medicine?
Tell me more about your voluntary work. Did you find it more or less useful than your work experience?