Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine NTU ​ Interview Questions

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Lee Kong Chian Medicine Interview Format

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). Candidates are given two minutes outside each of the eight stations to read through each scenario and consider their answers/approach before being assessed. Each station lasts approximately five minutes each and is scored out of five points.  There will only be one interviewer, but on occasion there might also be an actor (patient) present as well. Lee Kong Chian uses a variety of interviewers including, scientists, clinicians, lay people, academics and nurses.

The MMI assesses candidates on their:

  • Understanding of medicine as a career
  • Ethical considerations in medicine
  • Interest in science
  • Empathy towards people who might be ill
  • Capacity for critical appraisal

Key Dates

Interviews are conducted in April.

Lee Kong Chian Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Before the Interview

  • Know your personal statement thoroughly; this includes the strengths you possess and how they will help you as a medical student and doctor as well as weaknesses that you need to work on and how you plan to improve them.
  • Be able to articulate your motivation for studying medicine and why you have chosen Lee Kong Chian.
  • Research the Singapore health system and ensure that you have a broad knowledge of any issues and policies which currently affect it, e.g. ‘Medishield Life’.
  • Practice mock interviews with family, friends and 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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Lee Kong Chian (NTU) Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

General/Personal Statement Station – in this station candidates spend the time answering conventional medicine interview questions such as:

  • Why medicine?
  • Why Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?

Role Play Scenarios – In this station, candidates are given a scenario and are expected to interact with an actor (patient) to evaluate their personal qualities and aptitudes (namely empathy and care for an ill person). This station is followed up with questions based on how the candidate responds during the role-play. A range of Role Play Scenarios with model answers can be found in the Online MMI Question Bank

Scientific/Medical Topics – Questions in this station may focus on topics mentioned in your personal statement or topical medical issues. Ensure that you keep up to date with current medical issues as well as practicing recent MMI questions in our Online MMI Question Bank

Observation Tasks – This station may involve watching a movie clip, consultation video or a diagram which may relate to medicine in some way. For example, being given a photo of a family and asked to describe their findings/observations or describing the arrangement of a block of Lego bricks. Ensure that you use the ‘Outside-in Approach to Observation Tasks’ to excel in this station.

Lee Kong Chian Medicine Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to study Medicine at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine?

I am motivated to study at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine due to its distinctive curriculum, awarded jointly by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The program leverages NTU’s strengths in biomedical sciences, engineering, and humanities, coupled with Imperial’s renowned medical curriculum. This fusion promises a world-class medical education, emphasizing the clinical relevance of basic sciences and early patient interaction. Partnering with the National Healthcare Group and other healthcare institutions for clinical training ensures a comprehensive understanding of diverse clinical environments and prepares me for leadership in healthcare delivery and medical research.

What do you know about the Medicine course structure at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine?

The MBBS program at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine adopts an integrated approach, combining team-based learning and hands-on science practicals. The curriculum includes foundational clinical and communication skills courses, the Long-term Patient Project, and a Medical Humanities course to appreciate healthcare from the patient’s perspective. Clinical training immerses students with healthcare teams across Singapore, developing core skills in medicine, surgery, and various specialties through supervised patient interactions, ward rounds, and tutorials. The program also includes a six-week Scholarly Project, focusing on scientific skills and medical knowledge exploration, followed by clinical postings in diverse settings like obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, and emergency medicine.

How does Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine support students in developing clinical skills and communication?

At Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, students develop clinical and communication skills through a blend of innovative teaching methods and practical experiences. Foundational skills are taught through the Foundations of Clinical Practice course, supplemented by the Long-term Patient Project, where students learn to understand illness and healthcare from the patient’s viewpoint. The program’s emphasis on early patient contact, starting from the first year, allows students to practice history-taking and examination skills in real-life contexts. Communication skills are further honed through interaction with simulated patients initially, progressing to real patients in diverse clinical settings, ensuring well-rounded development in both clinical competence and patient communication.

As a medical student at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, you realise one of your peers is experiencing severe exam stress. How do you assist them?

Recognizing a peer suffering from severe exam stress at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, I would first approach them with empathy and offer my support. I would encourage them to utilize the university’s wellbeing resources, such as the confidential counselling services offered by the University Wellbeing Office. These services, along with personal development workshops on managing exam stress and time management, could provide them with much-needed support and strategies to cope with their stress. Additionally, I would suggest they connect with the Peer Helping Programme for support from trained senior student volunteers. My role would be to ensure they know they are not alone and that there are resources and people willing to help them navigate through this challenging time.

Discuss the significance of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine's location in your medical education.

The location of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore significantly enhances the medical education experience. Singapore’s healthcare system is renowned for its efficiency and innovation, providing students with exposure to advanced medical practices and diverse clinical settings. The school’s partnerships with leading healthcare institutions in Singapore, including the National Healthcare Group, offer students a chance to learn in some of the most prestigious and well-equipped medical facilities. This environment provides an exceptional opportunity to observe and participate in high-quality patient care, understand different healthcare systems, and prepare for a career in an increasingly globalised medical field.

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