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Leeds Dentistry Interview Format
Leeds receives around 450 applicants in an average year, of whom roughly 300 will receive interviews, with around 100 of these interviewees subsequently being made an offer.
You will be graded in a four step process. Firstly, minimum academic requirements are checked – Leeds requires at least AAA, including Biology and Chemistry. Next, your UCAS and BMAT will be combined and scored, with the top applicants being invited to interview.
Leeds are helpful with the content of their MMI, and send a detailed pack to their interviewees, in which you will find information on station content and what in particular (if anything) you should prepare in advance.
Leeds uses MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews). You should expect to move around a series of stations, and you will undertake a question or task at each. You will then receive an overall score from the combination of different stations – expect them to cover attributes like communication skills, empathy, analytic skills and ethical reasoning. Your attitudes will also be assessed, and the MMI is designed in accordance with the NHS Constitution values-based recruitment. Some stations may be held in clinics.
Leeds Dentistry interviews are scheduled for the middle of February for UK/EU candidates and the last week of February for international candidates. No interviews are generally conducted outside these dates.
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Leeds Dentistry Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions
Leeds places a focus on communication, responsibility & professionalism, ethics and understanding of issues in dentistry. You should also be prepared to answer questions on their specific course format (MChD/BChD) and bear in mind that part of their MMI is a presentation, which you will be expected to prepare beforehand on a topic of your choosing.
- Why is communication so important to being a dentist?
- What kind of challenging communication situations might you find yourself in as a dentist? How would you approach these?
- Tell us about a team situation in which your communication skills have been essential to your group’s success.
- Are you a good leader?
- Do you believe that you work better in a team or independently?
- What do you know about the concept of patient-centred care? How should dentists communicate with their patients according to this model?
- Can you tell us about a group or team that you founded or organised?
- Tell us about a time that you helped resolve a personal conflict between your friends or classmates.
- What do you know about the GDC (General Dental Council)?
- Imagine that one of your friends at dental school has found a previous student’s high-scoring essay, and suggests to you that you both use it as the foundation for your semester’s assignment. What would you say to them, and what issues would you consider when speaking to them?
- Do you think that all dentists should be obliged to work in the NHS?
- Imagine that whilst on work experience, you find another student looking at a patient’s private notes. How would you deal with this situation?
- A representative of a major manufacturer has offered you an incentive to switch from the product that you currently offer your patients, and take up their new product. How would you approach this situation and what are the major issues at play?
- Should all dental treatment be free on the NHS?
- Do you think it fair that some patients are denied braces due to not fitting the clinical criteria, despite potentially being in psychological pain due to the appearance of their teeth?
- Why do dentists recommend that water supplies should be fluoridated?
- What journals do you read to keep up to date with healthcare news?
- What is the role of public health and health promotion in dentistry?
- Who do dentists work with on a day-to-day basis?
- Do you think it is an issue that so many dentists work privately and spend a significant portion of their time on practice management rather than clinical work?
- Are you interested in research? How might you begin to focus your career in Dentistry towards research?
- Can you tell us about one major development in Dentistry during the last twenty years?
- Have you noticed the digitisation of Dentistry during your work experience? How do you think digitisation will further impact the profession?
- Why are you interested in the course here at Leeds?
- Why does our unique course structure at Leeds appeal to you?
- Are you more interested in the practical components or the theoretical components of our Dentistry course?
- What most attracts you to the University of Leeds beyond the Dentistry course itself?
- What will you bring to the university?
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