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Hull York Medicine Interview Format
HYMS’s interviews for the 2024 intake will be in the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). You will be assessed by interview panels made up of health professionals, academic staff, and senior medical students as well lay people.
Interviews will take place in-person, rather than online.
Historical Interview Information
Hull York’s MMI format typically varied greatly from other medical schools in that it had four different tasks.
Two structured, equally weighed individual interviews, each lasting ten minutes, with no more than three questions per interview. There were two interviewers in both interviews who assessed the candidate on:
1) Interview One: Personal Qualities
- Motivation and commitment to a career in medicine
- Experience and understanding of a career in medicine
- Awareness and understanding of current medical issues
2) Interview Two: Issues in Medicine
- Communication skills
- Personal qualities
- Critical thinking
3) A five-minute scenario station which included an actor and two assessors. As soon as the candidate entered the room, they were expected to be in the scenario. Candidates were expected to interact with the actor in the same way as they would in real life, no medical or specialist knowledge being required to complete this station.
4) The 20-minute group exercise which assessesed:
- The interviewees’ ability to work with their peers.
- Their contribution of relevant information to a group discussion
- Their ability to articulate their thoughts effectively and clearly in a focus group discussion setting.
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Before the Interview
- Explore the positive and negative aspects of a career in medicine and ensure that you can verbalise your decision to pursue medicine.
- Research the Hull York MBBS course and what it has to offer.
- Ensure that you have carried out and reflected on your extracurricular activities, particularly those related to the medical profession.
- Be aware and have some understanding of the current issues facing the NHS, as well as any medical issues in the media.
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Interview Focal Points
- The Group Interview – this is a ‘live’ assessment of your ability to work effectively with others. Your level of contribution is scored using a prescribed set of grade descriptors, by an experienced problem-based learning tutor and one other trained assessor. In particular, they are interested in: your ability to work collaboratively in a group, how you contribute relevant information to the group discussion, and how well you articulate your thoughts in this setting. Essential information on how to succeed in a group interview can be found in our MMI Question Bank.
- The First Structured Interview – this interview focuses on your motivation and commitment to a career in medicine: why do you want to be a doctor? Experience and understanding of a career in medicine: your work experience, and what you learned from it.
Your awareness and understanding of current medical issues: these are a topical issue, which requires a balanced and well-reasoned answer, and considers both sides of the argument, as well as your stance on the issue.
- The Second Structured Interview – this interview focuses on your communication skills and your personal qualities such as empathy, tolerance of ambiguity and resilience.
It also assesses critical thinking and explores your ability to understand a complex issue, verbalise your approach to it and reach a conclusion. In these types of questions, it’s important to take a moment to consider your answer. You may be asked to make a hard decision, so consider both sides and reach a reasoned conclusion
- The Scenario Station – students are given a scenario outside the room and asked to prepare for it; this may be an ethical scenario or one related communication such as to gathering information from a team or breaking bad news to a patient/family. A range of ethical, role play and communication stations can be found in the MMI Question Bank.
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