interviewsKeele Medical School

Keele places a great deal of importance on the Personal Statement with, it is rumoured UKCAT only being used to judge post interview The format of interviews is multiple mini interviews (MMIs), where candidates undertake a series of short interview stations. The MMI will include a series of ten 5-minute stations plus one 5- minute rest. They are using a range of station formats from role play through to data handling. The Multiple Mini Interview, in addition to forming an overall impression of the student, will be assessing in particular the following areas:  Experiences informing your decision to pursue a medical career  Professionalism  Ethical awareness  Empathy & insight  Clinical communication  Responsibilities of a doctor  Resilience  Clinical data handling

Why Keele?

Keele has a beautiful University campus. It is the largest University campus and occupies a 617 acre estate and Keele Hall one of the main University buildings is a ancient beautiful grade two listed building. Most students live on campus. It is famous for having excellent on site entertainment every day of the week. As a small medical school there is a community feel. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside As a modern medical school it has new, up to date facilities. The Keele curriculum is an innovative modern medical curriculum. It is integrated and includes problem based learning. It is a spiral course which means that subjects are re visited in greater depth as you progress through the medical school. It uses cadavers and dissection in the teaching of anatomy. There is patient contact from the first term

Glasgow Medical School Interviews

Applicants will be usually interviewed by two people, the interview lasts about 15-20 min. They are reasonably informal and short. The interviewers are looking to assess;

  •  Why Medicine
  • • Academic achievements – view of personal experience

  • • Healthcare scenario (presented at time of interview)
    • Problem-solving abilities
    • Curricula and Glasgow curriculum
    • Understanding of medical careers
    • Work experience
    • Discussion of topical medical issue
    • Evidence of team working, ability to get on with people
  • Why Glasgow?

The MedicalSchool is one of the largest and oldest in Europe. Numerous famous doctors studied at Glasgow including Lister and the famous surgeon Hunter. It is housed in a beautiful modern building and has excellent facilities. Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and has a diverse population. There are many immigrants and a lot of poverty and inequality. Glasgow has high rates of heart disease, diabetes and cancer [those diseases associated with poverty]  – it is the home of the fabled deep fried Mars bar. It would be an interesting place to study and work in.

The Course

The course has a unique spiral structure. It is a systems based course using a lot of PBL but incorporating all methods of teaching including case based learning and  lectures where more appropriate. Dissections of cadavers is one of the methods used to teach anatomy.    Clinical and non clinical modules have been combined in the ‘spiral structure’ where core subjects are taught early on and as one progressing up the Medical School  there is the opportunity to revisit topics adding more clinical focus and depth


The interview process has three components, which can happen in any order:

  • A group interview lasting 20 minutes. The main aim of this group activity at interview is to allow a ‘live’ assessment of your ability to work effectively with your peers. You will be scored on your level of contribution using a prescribed set of grade descriptors, by an experienced problem-based learning tutor and one other trained assessor. In particular, we’re interested in:
    • your ability to work collaboratively in a group
    • how you contribute relevant information to the group discussion
    • whether you articulate your own thoughts effectively and clearly in this setting
  • A first structured personal interview lasting 10 minutes. There will be two interviewers. There will be no more than three key questions during the interview, but interviewers will ask you to expand your responses. Each interviewer will score your responses separately using a prescribed set of grade descriptors. The questions will focus on:
    • motivation and commitment to a career in medicine: why do you want to be a doctor?
    • experience and understanding of a career in medicine: here’s an opportunity for you to talk about your work experience, and remember, don’t just tell them what you did, explain what you learned from it
    • awareness and understanding of current medical issues: these are about topical issues, so keep up-to-date in the weeks leading up to the interview, and be ready to give a balanced and well-reasoned answer. Show the interviewers that you’ve considered both sides of the argument, but be sure to come down on one side
  • A second structured personal interview, also lasting 10 minutes. There will be two interviewers. There will be no more than three key questions during the interview, but interviewers will ask you to expand your responses. Each interviewer will score your responses separately using a prescribed set of grade descriptors. The questions will focus on:
    • communication skills
    • personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience
    • critical thinking: this explores your ability to understand a complex issue, verbalise your approach to it and reach a conclusion. In these types of questions, it’s important to take a moment to consider your answer. You may be asked to make a hard decision, so consider both sides and reach a reasoned conclusion

The two personal interviews are equally weighted — one is not more important than the other.

Other common topics asked about in the past were about;

  •     knowledge and understanding of problem-based learning
  • depth and breadth of interests, knowledge and reflection about medicine and the wider world
  • teamwork and work experience
  • personal insight -– knowledge of own strengths and weaknesses
  • understanding of the role of medicine in society
  • The two interviewers will independently evaluate each answer and score your interview out of 50. Their two scores are averaged to give your interview score.’

Why Hull/York

Early clinical exposure and patient contact with lots of PBL. The course is fully integrated with lots of primary care exposure. The medical school is new with modern teaching facilities on both campuses. The campus at York is very beautiful with lakeside views and stunning scenery. Lots of societies and sports to join.