Charles University Medicine Interview Questions
Overview & Tuition Fees
Charles University actually has five different faculties of Medicine, of which three are in Prague, with one in Pilsen and one in Hradec Králové. The number of the faculty signifies the order in which they were founded, and each is an independent school within the university, and all have their own medical facilities. All offer programs in English, and the degrees awarded by each are equivalent. However, there are some differences in approach to teaching. All of the schools’ English language courses are accredited by the EU.
The six year General Medicine program provides you with a MUDr or Doctor of General Medicine degree.
The faculties follow a ‘ long tradition of medical education at Charles University that constituted one of its four original pillars of knowledge since the foundation in 1348.’ There have been various changes and alterations to the university’s medical school through the turbulent history of the Czech Republic, but the key points that you need to be aware of are that there are five faculties – and the two outside Prague are the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové (LFHK) in East Bohemia, and the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen (LFP) in West Bohemia. The Prague Faculty was split into three in 1953, and these are the Faculty of General Medicine with focus on Stomatology, or the First Faculty of Medicine (LF1), the Faculty of Pediatric Medicine, or the Second Faculty of Medicine (LF2), and the Medical Faculty of Hygiene, or the Third Faculty of Medicine (LF3).
You can apply to all of the different faculties, but will need to complete a separate application for each. Each faculty also has specific entry requirements and entrance exams. The details of each can be found on each faculty’s individual website.
The entrance exam is the main entrance requirement for all faculties. No certificates for English language proficiency are required.
Tuition fees are CZK 500,000 per year, and the application deadline is the end of April.
Charles University Medicine Interview Format
The following is for the first faculty. All applicants will first need to take a written exam, which is a multiple choice test focused on biology, chemistry and physics. There is one point for each correct answer. If an applicant passes this, then they are invited to the next stage – the interview.
The oral exam is an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). Here, applicants are ‘presented with questions and topics to discuss with various interviewers.’ Additionally, your points for the personal statement will be added to your interview score. THe points from the second round decide who will be offered a place.
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The acceptance rate is 17% according to the faculty themselves, which makes this a highly competitive school, especially when compared to other EU medical schools which teach programs in English, where the acceptance rate can be rather higher.
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Charles University Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions
Motivation for MedicineWhy do you want to study Medicine?
Tell me about some experiences that made you want to practise medicine.
How do you think you will have impacted the practice of medicine 20 years from now?
What are three things you do well?
What was the most valuable experience you had at school
What would you say to me if I told you I don’t think you have a strong enough interest in the ‘hard sciences’ to get through medical school?
How do you expect to change in medical school?
How do you balance your time?
Tell me about your volunteer experiences.
Describe a creative project you were involved with or a time when you showed leadership in a project or a program.
In medicine, we often have to work with patients or colleagues with whom we have disagreements. Have you ever had any experience of that sort, where you had to work with someone who didn’t share your way of working or your opinion?
In team situations, are you usually the leader? What do you do when a partner doesn’t do his/her part?
Describe a conflict situation you’ve been in.
Should IVF be covered by government health funds?
How does religion play into medicine?
Discuss one of these health care issues: human genome project, AIDS, abortion, the right to die, the cost of health care, and genetic engineering