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Glasgow

The interview is structured and involves a selection panel (including School of Medicine staff, consultants and honorary members of the University) who complete a scoring sheet during the process.

The interview session will last around 30 minutes. It is expected that applicants will be interviewed by two panels, with two interviewers on each panel.

During the interview applicants may be assessed against some or all of the following criteria:

Why Medicine?
What makes a good Doctor?
Why Glasgow Medical School?
Suitability to study Medicine.
Teamwork and getting on with people.
Problem solving in a scenario setting: Candidates will be given the option to select one of two scenarios prior to their interview. Candidates will be expected to discuss the issues around the scenario with their panel.

Why Glasgow?

The medical school 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 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

 

Newcastle

The interview will be conducted by two selectors and will last approximately 25 minutes. At the conclusion of the interview each selector will grade the candidate’s performance and complete an assessment form. Candidates will be assessed and graded under 5 main categories:

•     Preparation and motivation for medical school

•     Effective Learning skills

•     Team working

•     Personal qualities/ resilience

•     Interpersonal and communication skills

•     Empathy, sensitivity and integrity

Performance at interview will be the sole basis on which the selectors will make their judgement.

The interview will be conducted by two selectors and will last approximately 25 minutes. At the conclusion of the interview each selector will grade the candidate’s performance and complete an assessment form. Candidates will be assessed and graded under 5 main categories:

Why Newcastle?

Newcastle Medical School consistently ranks as one of the top medical schools in the UK due to high levels of teaching and research. It is the first institution in the UK to be given permission to pursue stem-cell research. The BMC Medicine journal reported medical graduates from Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle performed better in postgraduate tests than any other medical school in the UK.
The course is a good combination of lectures, seminars and practical experience, there is little PBL. Newcastle was one of the first medical schools to introduce an integrated course which is especially important in the first two years. From the third year onwards you spend most of your time in hospitals.
Facilities
The facilities are great. The libraries are full of all the books you need and the 24-hour computer clusters prove invaluable when deadlines are looming. The Sports Centre is really good – lots of fitness machines, weights and classes.
Living
‘Newcastle is simply fantastic – it is a small friendly city, cheaper than most parts of England. There are clubs, concerts and sports, there is so much to do – you couldn’t possibly get bored. Transport is good, with trains, an airport and the Metro taking you almost anywhere you want to go. Living in the city has proved inexpensive, leaving plenty of student loan spare for fun and games! The beach is about 9 miles away.’
Multi-million pound refurbishment
Newcastle University Students’ Union reopened in autumn 2011 following an £8m refurbishment. The inside of the Grade II listed building has been transformed, with some outstanding new facilities in the heart of campus:
• 24-hour computer clusters and social learning areas
• brand new Student Advice Centre
• a dedicated sports, societies and volunteering area
• revamped bar serving food and drinks
• huge gig and event space, hosting live gigs and regular Saturday club nights
• Subway sandwich shop, banking services and ATMs
• café with facilities to work and relax
• shop selling student essentials
• IT repair centre
• print design service

For information on clubs to join look at the following link

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/centralsite/undergraduate/documents/alternativeprospectus.pdf

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