St Georges was one of the first medical schools to do the MMI [Mini Medical Interview] format. There are usually 7/8 stations each about 5 min long. Candidates move from one station to the next [a bell is rung at the beginning and end].
Past years have usually had one station which tests empathy and soft skills such as breaking bad news [e,g you have lost the pet your neighbour asked you to look after]. An actress/actor is used to play the part and may shout at you and cry real tears! There may be another station testing communication skills – describe this picture, explain how you tie a shoelace. There may be a question testing your ability to prioritise. Other stations tend to focus on more traditional questions such as those relating to your work experience, challenges faced by the NHS, how the NHS compares to other health systems leadership skills, team work, mistakes and community work. What were the most important advances in medicine in the last 200yrs/100yrs/50 yrs/20 yrs. There also an ethical scenario [see p94 -100 in my book Medical School Interviews The Knowledge for more detailed information]
Why St Georges?
St Georges is one of the busiest hospitals in London. It is about 30 min by tube to Central London so you have easy access to central London but accommodation is cheaper. There is a large ethnic population so it is possible to see many diseases and gain much experience. The medical School is on site,which is unusual but convenient.
Many famous doctors are past alumni such as Edward Jenner [p28 my book] and Hunter and Gray of Gray’s anatomy
The course is a systems based integrated course, with Case Based Learning [in the first two years] and PBL in the later years.
Assessment at interview
Selected candidates are invited to visit on a weekday morning or afternoon. The visit includes a talk by the Admissions Tutor, an opportunity to speak with current medical students, the interview, and a student-led campus tour. Interviews last approximately 15-20 minutes and are conducted by a panel of 2-3 interviewers, including clinical and basic medical science staff, a senior medical student or ‘lay’ interviewer (e.g. Head of Sixth Form, guest GP).
Interviewees will be given a copy of their BMAT essay prior to the interview, as discussion of their essay will form part of the assessment at interview. Questions may include ‘Why did you choose this title? Why not the others? What would you do differently if you had to do it again?’
competence based questions [team working/leadership/resolving conflict/handling mistakes]
why is research important
why UCL are asked.
Interviewers score the candidate according to the following mark scheme:
Intellectual ability (intellectual curiosity and robustness)
Motivation for (and understanding of) a career in medicine
Awareness of scientific and medical issues
Ability to express and defend opinions, including discussion of BMAT essay topic
Attitude, including flexibility and integrity
Individual strengths (e.g. social, musical, sporting interests or activities)
Communication skills (verbal and listening)
University College London Interviews
UCL MEDICAL SCHOOL
Interview Assessment Form
Interviewer name: Signature: ___________________________________
A. Assessment of candidate
Please score the candidate in the areas listed, using the scale illustrated, so that an approximately normal distribution is achieved. Tick one box on each row of the grid.
Poor (Bottom 10%)
Excellent (Top 10%)
B. Notes and comments (including any overriding reasons to accept or reject)
C. Recommendation of interview panel
Please tick Accept/ Reject
Following the interview the recommendations of the interviewers will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and the outcome will be sent to each candidate within two weeks