Brighton and Sussex Medical School Interview Questions

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Brighton and Sussex Medicine Interview Format

Brighton and Sussex Medical School uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).  They typically have five stations, each ten minutes in length. Successful candidates must score at least a ‘good’ at each station. Candidates are assessed on the following during the interview:

  • An understanding of the role of a doctor, the NHS, patients’ view, and multi-cultural society.
  • Personal qualities such as their commitment to studying medicine, analytical skills, conscientious, empathic, caring, resilient, ethical, team player and potential leader, good communicator, etc.)
  • Interest and enthusiasm, an enquiring and critical mind, and evidence of independent and self-directed learning
  • The range of extracurricular activities they have undertaken including an interest in arts, culture, and current affairs.

For the current cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely using Zoom. Expect interviews to take place in January. There will be no testing on work experience.

Brighton and Sussex Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Before the Interview

  • Review the points made in your BMAT essay and personal statement. Annotate each of the points made in each and develop areas further which require further clarification. 
  • Reflect on your extracurricular activities; as well as the key skills have you gained as a result. Be able to suggest how these skills translate to being a good doctor.
  • Practice verbalising your thoughts about medicine with others. The MMI is designed to check whether the candidate can make intelligent and worthwhile contributions to a conversation. Regularly practising these conversations with either family members or friends before the interview will allow you to develop your original thoughts and formulate a well-structured answer. 
  • Keep up-to-date with current medical and NHS issues and read broadly into these areas to ensure that you feel comfortable discussing them.
  • Ensure that you know the four core principles of medical ethics: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice and can use them in confidently in discussions.
  • Read the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice in Action’ scenarios or ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’ as these are especially useful to understand how the ethical principles can be applied in a clinical setting. Use the interactive questions as practice.
  • Research the NHS core values, structure and function and be prepared to discuss them.

During the Interview

As with any interview, it is all about managing the interviewer’s perception of you and painting yourself in the best light possible. The MMI process means that you must impress a larger number of people over a shorter time period. The key to managing this form of interview is to ensure that your focus remains on the current station, rather than previous ones (which may or may not have gone as well as expected). There are two minutes between stations, in which to read the instructions/task and to refocus before the interview begins.

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Brighton and Sussex Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

General/Personal Statement Station: This station often requires you to link your work experience to the broader aspects of medicine. This may include questions such as:

  • Why medicine, or why would you like to be a doctor?
  • Why BSMS?
  • What has your work experience allowed you to learn?
  • What, in particular, has stood out in your work experience?

Ethical DilemmaThese stations often have no clear right or wrong answer and instead test your ability to consider the situation at hand, and provide a balanced answer. Knowledge of the four ethical principles and GMC Good Medical Practice are likely to be of great use to you in this station.  A range of MMI Ethics Stations and model answers can be found in the MMI Question Bank.

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