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downloadPeople have been called up for interviews at Birmingham and Leicester Medical Schools.

Please let me know when other medical schools start interviewing


Birmingham have organised interviews in a MMI format with 6 stations lasting 6 min each. There have been stations assessing your motivation for medicine, communication skills and ability to empathise, an ethical scenario, logical reasoning, scientific understanding and interpreting a scientific problem – data interpretation.

Past questions have included;

Tell me an example when you saw a doctor using good communication skills.

What have you struggled with?What do you think you will struggle with at medical school?

What role have you played in a team?

What are the demands place on doctors?

What makes a good doctor?

What convinced you to do medicine?

Interviewers are usually friendly and candidates say that they tend to be quite chatty, unlike in some other MMI interviews.

Why Birmingham?

Birmingham Medical School is one of the largest and oldest Medical Schools – it takes 320 British students a year. The national student survey showed an impressive 91% satisfaction rate. There is patient involvement even in the first year with community attachments in General Practice from the start. Birmingham is a vibrant multi cultural city with good opportunities to see a variety of diseases such as TB and HIV. There are many cultural opportunities such as theatres and living costs are cheaper compared with London.

Birmingham has a modular systems based programme with patient contact from year one. There is a small amount of PBL but teaching takes place in a variety of styles from lecture-based, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, clinical practice and bedside demonstrations. Role plays are frequently used [OSCEs]. – check by reading the prospectus

 Leicester Interviews. 

‘The Multiple Mini Interviews will comprise 8 stations. The stations will test commitment, written communication, verbal communication, comprehension and interpretation, calculation, personal qualities, physical and social interaction and motivation to read medicine.

Each station will be marked independently and the scores collated to achieve an overall mark for each applicant.’

Why Leicester?

It is located close to the city centre. It has a reputation for excellent, well delivered highly rated training. Anatomy training involves using cadavers and dissection and is considered amongst the best in the country. I regularly ranks one of the top 10 medical schools in the country.

Leicester is an ethnically diverse city with gives an opportunity to study many diseases including those common in other countries.

LeicesterUniversity is one of the best British Universities. The techniques used in genetic finger printing were discovered and developed at LeicesterUniversity. There are over 100 student clubs – for details see on link below The University of Leicester Students’ Union

The course is integrated.  There is not much PBL