Kings Medical Interviews
Kings uses MMIs – see my book of worked examples.
‘ One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station.
A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station.’
King’s College Medical School is the largest medical school in Europe and has facilities to match. As well as excellent research facilities it has a wide range of sports clubs. These include hockey, football, rugby, cricket, tennis and netball. Rowing takes place on the river Thames by Chiswick Bridge, 800m from the University of London boathouse. The Strand has a rifle range and Guy’s Campus has a swimming pool and
gym and many music, singing and dancing clubs. ‘I am very keen on contributing to student life and would like to join ————— club.’ is always a useful phrase to use.
There are many excellent libraries and the Hodgkin Library at Guys Campus is open twenty four hours a day As well as other medics you will be able to meet a diverse
group of students from many other countries studying many subjects – the humanities and arts as well as sciences. It is located in the heart of London – just under the new Shard, the tallest building in the UK. London is a varied, vibrant city with many museums, galleries and shows to enjoy. There is a diverse population with lots of inequalities in health, with wealthy areas along the river but with a lot of poverty around the teaching hospitals. The high immigrant population means you will be able to see many diseases such as sickle cell [Kings has the leading sickle cell unit in Europe] and TB. Having three campus sites increases this variety.
It uses mainly lecture base teaching with a strong emphasis on anatomy dissection and little PBL. PBL can be hit and miss with some PBL groups and facilitators being better than others. PBL often does not cover the whole syllabus and can leave gaps in knowledge. Students do get the opportunity to see patients with first years making GP visits within the first couple of months so although learning is traditional your interest in patients and their stories is also catered for.
It repeatedly features as one of the top 25 universities in the World (QS World Rankings) having placed 21st in 2010. Kings has had a proud record of 10 Nobel Laureates in the staff and alumni of King’s who made major contributions to 19th-century science, medicine and public life in general. They include:
.James Maxwell, one of the world’s greatest physicists
• Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) founded the world’sfirst professional school of nursing at St Thomas’
Hospital in 1860
• Joseph Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at Kings from 1877 to 1893, introduced an antiseptic system which changed the practice of medicine and drastically reduced mortality rates from major operations.
Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin at Kings, made crucial contributions to the discovery of DNA’s structure in 1953, which Watson and Crick found invaluable. In their honour, today KCL has the Franklin-Wilkins building, the main part of the Waterloo Campus.