King's College London Medicine Interview Questions
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King's College London Medicine Interview Format (Historically)
King’s College London uses the multiple mini interview format to inform its selection into its medicine programmes. The MMI has between four and eight stations, with 1-2 tasks per station. Candidates are allowed between five and seven minutes per station depending on the tasks being completed. King’s College London uses a variety of interviewers from across the medical profession (e.g. surgeons, researchers and psychiatrists), to gain a holistic view of the candidate.
Candidates are assessed on the following areas:
- Understanding and motivation for the profession
- Discussion of a case study and/or ethical dilemma
- Science knowledge by assessing information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues.
- Key values and qualities (NHS values), e.g. teamwork, kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making and integrity.
- Communication, interpersonal skills (these are assessed at each station)
COVID-19 Update For 2022 Entry
Interviews for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle will be conducted between November 2021 and May 2022. They will take place online and consist of a panel interview format, with two interviewers.
Interviews are held between January and March. Interviews for international applicants are conducted in late January and early February.
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Before the Interview
- Consider how you will articulate your motivations to study medicine and why you wish to study at King’s College London.
- 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.
- Research your extracurricular interests to see if it is possible for you to continue these activities whilst at King’s College London as a way to contribute to the student community.
- Practice discussing ethical dilemmas with family, friends and MMI interview specialists. Ensure that you know the four core principles of medical ethics: autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice and can use them in these discussions.
- Read the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice in Action’ scenarios 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.
- Keep up-to-date with current medical and NHS issues and read broadly into these areas to ensure that you feel comfortable discussing them.
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King's College London Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions
The interview stations/topics will most commonly be based on the following areas:
- Why did you apply to King’s college?
- Why study medicine and not another course?
- How has King’s College London contributed to modern medicine?
- What can you contribute to the atmosphere at King’s College London?
- What is the structure and function of the NHS?
- What are the bodies within the NHS?
- What interesting medical articles have you read recently?
Personal statement/General Stations – These often examine your work experience. Here, you should highlight any volunteer work you have done, as well as any extracurricular activities which have allowed you to develop skills that you feel will be of use to you. You may be asked:
- Can you tell me about some voluntary work that you have done.
- Talk about your extracurricular activities.
- What extracurricular activities have you done in the past years and what have you learned from them?
Ethical dilemma/scenario – These stations often have no clear right or wrong answer and instead test your ability to consider the situation at hand, before giving your opinion/stance on the issue. The four ethical principles and GMC handbook are likely to be of great use to you in this station.
- What would you do in this situation?
- How do the ethical principles apply in this situation?
- A range of ethical scenarios with model answers can be found in the Online MMI Question Bank.
Case Article Review – Your opinion on recent health news, which may include questions such as:
- What is your opinion of the … case?
- What were the main issues raised in this case?
Data Analysis – here, you may be given graphs, tables of data etc and asked to describe and explain the trends. To learn how to get through these types of stations, read through BlackStone Tutors 6 Point Approach for Data Analysis.
Observation Tasks – These tasks require objective assessment of often non-medical photos (eg. A photo of a logo or a family). Review BlackStone Tutors Outside-In Approach to Observation Tasks in order to succeed in these often challenging stations.
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.
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