Lancaster Medicine Interview Questions

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Lancaster Medicine Interview Format

The MMI consists of approximately 12-15 different stations, most of which are around 5 minutes long. Previously there has also been an additional 20-minute station which involves group work and assesses the candidate’s suitability for Lancaster Medical Schools’ problem-based learning curriculum. This year MMIs will be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams. Interviewers include members of the University’s staff, NHS clinicians, local GPs, patients, public representatives, and medical students.

Candidates are assessed on their:

  • Work experience
  • Suitability for medicine
  • Motivation for medicine
  • Teamwork skills
  • Suitability for problem-based learning curriculum
  • Communication skills
Interviews run from December to March.

Lancaster Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Before the Interview

As with any interview, it is all about managing the interviewer’s perception of you and painting yourself in the best light possible. With 12-14 stations there are a large number of people which need to be impressed in a short space of time. Therefore it is imperative that you focus solely on the station you are at, at present and treat each one as a new opportunity to impress the interviewers.

  • Research the Lancaster Medical School Course. Being able to talk about specific modules within the interview will show the interviewer that you have an established interest in the course.
  • Re-read your personal statement and be ready to answer any questions about its content.
  • Consider where you can provide examples of specific skills you possess, and how these skills relate to your suitability for medicine.
  • Review the four principles of ethics and practice using them in ethics scenarios.
  • Practice mock interviews with family, friends and MMI Interview Specialists ensuring that you receive detailed feedback on your answers. This will allow you to gain more confidence in answering questions and will hopefully relieve some of the pressure of the interview.

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Lancaster Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

​​General/Personal Statement Station: This station will involve discussion of your extracurricular work and volunteer experiences (if any), including what you learned about a future medical career from these experiences. This may include questions such as:

  • Why do you want to study medicine?
  • Tell us about your work experience and voluntary work.

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.

Observation Station: This station may involve watching a short consultation video with note taking opportunity. From here, you discuss your findings at a subsequent station. Example Observation Stations can be found in the Online MMI Question Bank.
Ethical DilemmaYou are given five minutes to read a short paragraph that outlines an ethical dilemma, make notes and consider your opinion.  You are then allowed a further five minutes in the next station to discuss your thoughts with an examiner. This station will assess your ability to identify the issues and articulate your opinion. A range of MMI Ethical Scenarios can be found in the MMI Question Bank.

Prioritisation Task: You are given 10 minutes to read through a problem-based learning (PBL) scenario, asked to identify the ten most important points and to justify why you thought they were important.  At the following station, you are then allowed a further five minutes to discuss and defend your choices. Review the BlackStone Tutors 5 Step Approach to Prioritisation Tasks to help you excel in this station.

Teamwork Station: This is an additional 20-minute station involving group work. It assesses your suitability for Lancaster University’s problem-based learning curriculum where the small groups are presented with a ‘problem’ or case study. This station should not be underestimated; a range of tips and common pitfalls during teamwork tasks can be found in the MMI Question Bank as well as a number of example teamwork stations.

Lancaster Medicine Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to study Medicine at Lancaster University?

I am driven to study Medicine at Lancaster University due to its unique approach to medical education, which emphasises problem-based learning, early clinical contact, and a modern take on anatomy teaching. The small group learning setting in problem-based learning, where realistic patient-based scenarios are explored, is particularly appealing as it fosters a deep understanding of clinical situations. Early patient contact from the first year allows for the practical application of learned skills and provides real-life context to theoretical knowledge. Additionally, Lancaster’s investment in new technologies like virtual dissection tables and ultrasound teaching represents a forward-thinking approach to medical education, aligning with my interest in a contemporary and dynamic learning environment.

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

Lancaster University’s Medicine course is structured to provide a comprehensive and immersive medical education experience. The program begins with a focus on problem-based learning, supplemented by lectures and clinical anatomy teaching. This approach continues into the later years but with real patients in some instances, providing a practical and applicable learning method. Clinical placements begin as early as the first year, with increasing exposure in subsequent years. The majority of the final years are spent on clinical placements in various hospital and community settings, ensuring extensive practical experience. This structure not only equips students with a robust foundation in medical sciences but also prepares them for the practical realities of being a doctor.

How does Lancaster University integrate technology into its medical curriculum?

Lancaster University integrates technology into its medical curriculum notably through its modern approach to anatomy teaching. The use of the Anatomage table for virtual dissection and significant investment in ultrasound teaching are prime examples. These technological advancements allow students to learn anatomy and ultrasonography concurrently, enhancing their understanding of clinical interpretation. The integration of technology extends to clinical skills training as well, where students learn practical procedures and examinations essential for clinical practice, progressively moving from simulated environments to real patient interactions. This technological integration is crucial in preparing students for a healthcare landscape that is increasingly reliant on advanced medical technologies.

You realise that one of your friends at Lancaster is struggling with their workload. How would you support them?

Recognising that a friend at Lancaster University is struggling with their workload, I would first speak to them and listen, to understand their specific challenges. I would suggest practical strategies for time management and organisation, and perhaps study together to provide moral support. Additionally, I would encourage them to use the university’s support services, such as academic advising or counselling, for additional help. Importantly, I would remind them that it’s okay to seek help and that managing workload effectively is a skill that improves over time. As future medical professionals, learning to balance responsibilities and seek support when needed is vital, and I would be there to support my friend through this learning process.

Discuss the opportunities for specialised learning and electives at Lancaster University.

Lancaster University offers medical students opportunities to delve deeper into specialised areas of interest through Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice and coursework assignments. These selectives allow students to explore specific medical fields or topics in greater depth, enhancing their understanding and potentially guiding their future career choices. Additionally, the option to study abroad during the elective module provides a global perspective on healthcare, which is invaluable in today’s interconnected world. Students also have the opportunity to take a year out between the fourth and fifth years to study a medicine-related topic at the BSc, MSc, or MPhil level, offering a chance to engage in in-depth research and specialised learning. These opportunities are crucial for developing a well-rounded medical education, tailored to individual interests and career aspirations.

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