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Keele Medicine Interview Format
Keele School of Medicine uses a Multiple Mini Interview format to assess candidates on different aspects of their understanding of Medicine and their case for selection to Medical School. There are eleven stations, each lasting five minutes, with the total time taking approximately an hour and a quarter. There is also one five minute rest station included in this time. The stations range from role-play format through to scenario-based discussions and exploration of the candidates work experience. The MMI stations are intended to assess behaviours that are compatible with the NHS values and include:
- Caring nature
- Communication skills
- Empathy and insight
- Ethical awareness
- Motivation and awareness of the challenges of being a doctor
In addition to the MMI, there is a numeracy skill (data handling) assessment. The test takes place either before or after the MMI.
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Before the Interview
- Research Keele Medical School and be able to verbalise why you wish to study here. You need to be able to discuss PBL (advantages/disadvantages etc.) as well as their ‘spiral curriculum’, ‘inter-professional learning experiences’ and why these styles suit you as a student.
- Read your Roles and Responsibilities form before the interview – it portrays the skills and qualities you’ve recognised throughout your work experiences and what you’ve learnt from them. Be able to expand on each point you make as well as giving appropriate examples.
- Review the four pillars of medical ethics and practice applying them to a variety of scenarios.
- Work through the practice calculation questions on Keele’s website as well as additional calculation tasks.
- Keep up to date with issues relating to the NHS and the medical community.
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Keele Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions
General/Personal Statement Station: This will be related mainly to your background and work experience, as well as your reasons for wanting to study at Keele Medical School. Questions may be as such:
- Why Keele Medical School?
- Why not nursing?
- Tell us about your work experience at…and what you learned from it.
- What are your hobbies?
- How do you cope with stress?
- What do you know about the PBL style of teaching and learning?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of PBL?
- What aspects of PBL do you think will suit your learning style?
- Tell us about a time when you had to work as a member of a team?
Motivation and Insight into Medicine: The assessors will want to know why you would like to pursue a career in medicine and that you are enthusiastic. This has also come up in the form of “why not Nursing?” In this case, knowledge and respect of nursing as a career as well as how it differs to being a doctor is essential.
Role play Station: This may involve interactions with a trained actor, or medical school student as well as an observer. For effective ways to navigate this type of station review BlackStone Tutors “6 Stages of MMI Role Play” as well as the MMI Question Bank for a range of role play stations to practice.
Communication Station: A range of example MMI Communication Stations as well as the BlackStone Tutors 7 Stages of MMI Communication Stations can be found in the Online MMI Question Bank.
Ethical Dilemma: You will be given at least one clinical, ethical scenario to work through. This may be in the form of a movie clip to watch, or an article or paper to read. Topics may include:
- An obese patient would like a knee replacement due to severe knee pain. There is significant evidence to show that being overweight impairs post-operative recovery as well as the lifespan of the knee replacement. Explain your actions in this scenario.
- Are the internet and easy access to medical information good for patient care?
- What is your opinion on Herceptin?
- What would you do if you ruled the country?
- What alternative punishment do you think should be given to white collar criminals to minimise overcrowding prisons?
Calculation Station/Assessment: The numeracy/ data handling assessment consists of 20 questions with a 30-minute time limit. The questions require you to perform simple calculations for a variety of different situations. Simple calculators are provided, and use of these is encouraged. A range of calculation tasks with worked solutions can be found in the MMI Question Bank.
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