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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
  • Responsibility
  • Motivation and awareness of the challenges of being a doctor
  • Resilience

​In addition to the MMI, there is a numeracy skill (data handling) assessment.  The test takes place either before or after the MMI.

Interviews take place from December to March.

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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 DilemmaYou 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.

Keele Medicine Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to study Medicine at Keele University?

I am eager to study Medicine at Keele University due to its innovative curriculum, which is underscored by the core themes of professional values and behaviours, skills, and knowledge as identified by the General Medical Council. Keele’s approach to medical education, ranked 4th in England by the Guardian University League Table in 2022, promises to develop the competence and compassion essential for a medical practitioner. The integration of early clinical experience with comprehensive teaching in communication and clinical skills makes Keele an ideal environment for me to grow into a well-rounded doctor.

What do you know about the Medicine course structure at Keele University?

Keele University’s Medicine course adopts a modern, highly integrated spiral curriculum that combines diverse learning strategies. This includes early clinical experience, dissection, problem-based learning (PBL), and lectures. The program encourages inter-professional learning with students from nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, physiotherapy, and radiography, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. This structure, emphasising continuous learning and practical application, aligns with my learning style and professional goals, making Keele an attractive choice for my medical studies.

Discuss the importance of community medicine in Keele's curriculum.

Community medicine plays a crucial role in Keele’s medical curriculum, as evidenced by its extensive clinical placements in primary, secondary, and non-NHS community sector settings. These placements across Staffordshire, Shropshire, and adjoining counties provide opportunities to understand diverse health and wellbeing demographics. This exposure is crucial for developing an appreciation of the wider determinants of health, such as socio-economic, cultural, and environmental conditions, aligning with my interest in holistic and socially responsible healthcare.

As a second-year medical student at Keele, you discover that a fellow student has been submitting fabricated reflections for their portfolio. How would you handle this situation?

In this situation, I would first approach my fellow student in a non-confrontational and understanding manner. It’s important to open a dialogue to understand their perspective, as there could be underlying pressures or challenges they are facing. I would emphasize the importance of honesty and self-reflection in our medical training, highlighting how these values are crucial in our future roles as doctors. If the student acknowledges their mistake, I would encourage them to come forward to the faculty, offering support in this process.

However, if the student continues to deny or does not rectify their behavior, I would feel compelled to bring the matter to the attention of our tutors, as academic integrity is foundational in medicine. Keele’s medical program instills the importance of professional ethics, and part of being a responsible member of this community is ensuring these standards are upheld by all. My approach would be guided by a desire to uphold the integrity of our profession while showing empathy and support to my peer.

How does Keele University's MBChB course prepare students for research and scholarship?

Keele University’s MBChB course integrates scholarship activities and student-selected components (SSCs) to prepare students for research and scholarship in medicine. These components allow students to delve deeper into medical science, clinical medicine, or public health topics. For example, in the first year, students produce a mini-review of an academic topic under faculty supervision. This focus on research and scholarship ensures that students develop a thorough understanding of medical knowledge progression and encourages in-depth exploration of areas of personal interest in medicine

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