Leeds Medicine Interview Questions

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Leeds Medicine Interview Format

The University of Leeds uses an eight-station multiple mini interviews to inform their selection. For this interview cycle, the MMI will be conducted online. Each station lasts seven minutes, which includes one minute of transition between stations/reading time. Candidates are given a grade from zero to five based on their performance, with zero being poor and five being excellent. Assessors include clinicians, academics and current medical students.

Skills that are being assessed are:

  • Ethical reasoning
  • Self-evaluation
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving

​Key Dates

Invitations to interview are issued by email in batches starting in December. 

Leeds Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Before the Interview

  • Once you have completed your BMAT examination, note down the key points made in your section three essay so that you can annotate and elaborate on these, during the interview. One of the stations often involves discussion of your BMAT essay.
  • Prioritise which of your outside achievements/interests/work experience most effectively demonstrate the skills necessary for a career in medicine. You need to be able to verbalise what you have gained from these experiences and how they relate to your chosen career path.
  • Practice answering typical medicine questions, such as: “Why medicine?”, “Why not nursing?”, “What made you want to become a doctor?”, “Why Leeds?”
  • Familiarise yourself with ethical scenarios and how to approach them by practising with a friend.
  • Remain up-to-date with “medical hot topics” such as the junior doctor’s contract or how Brexit may affect UK healthcare.
  • 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.

During 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. The MMI process means that you must impress a larger number of people over a shorter time period. The key to managing this form of interview is to ensure that your focus remains on the current station, rather than previous ones (which may or may not have gone as well as expected). There are two minutes between stations, in which to read the instructions/task and to refocus before the interview begins.

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Leeds Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

The topics of the MMI stations in previous years have been focused on the following areas:

​​General/Personal Statement Station: This includes discussion of information on your UCAS form, your ability to self-evaluate and may lead to questions such as:

  • Give us an example of when you have had to take responsibility (or show leadership) and deal with a difficult situation.
  • Tell us what you did to find out about medicine.
  • Why should we take you?
  • Why Leeds Medical School?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What have you learnt from your 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.

Motivation & Insight into Medicine: This station is designed to explore both how well informed a candidate is regarding the role of a doctor, and how much they have reflected on a career in medicine.

  • Why do you want a career as a doctor rather than another health-related profession?
  • How do you think that healthcare professionals deal with stress at work? How will you cope with the stress of a career in medicine?

Ethical DilemmaThis station may present you with a scenario or a question related to professional issues that you must discuss with the interviewer. This may also be in the form of a situational judgement, where you must decide if a particular response to a situation is appropriate, very appropriate, inappropriate or very inappropriate.  For example:

  • You are a foundation doctor on a ward, and one of your peers is asking you to cover them regularly so that they can attend doctor’s appointments.  What issues does this raise? What would influence how you dealt with it?
  • A famous person is admitted to the hospital. You are a doctor and notice that a colleague has tweeted this information and put it on their Facebook page. What issues does this raise?  What would be your reaction/ actions?
  • What would you do if you gave a patient a double dose of drugs by accident?

Leeds Medicine Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to study Medicine at the University of Leeds?

I am drawn to the University of Leeds for my medical education because of its comprehensive curriculum that encompasses both the core professional themes and the biomedical scientific principles essential for clinical practice. The unique IDEALS theme (Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership, Safety) addresses the challenges of modern practice, and the Campus to Clinic component focuses on developing clinical decision-making and patient safety skills. This well-rounded approach, combined with Leeds’ reputation for excellent clinical placements and a focus on practical skill development, makes it an ideal choice for my medical studies.

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

The Medicine course at the University of Leeds is structured to provide a progressive and in-depth medical education. In Year 2, for instance, students build on fundamental knowledge, enhancing their understanding of clinical conditions, clinical laboratory science, and the role of ethics and law in healthcare. This includes learning about the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, developing consultation, diagnostic, and practical skills, and expanding research skills. The curriculum is designed to grow students’ understanding of human experiences and behaviours in health and illness, through patient visits and exposure to the Patient Voice Group.

How does the University of Leeds ensure students gain practical clinical experience?

The University of Leeds ensures that students gain practical clinical experience through a series of clinical placements starting from the early years of the course. In Years 3 to 5, the majority of the time is spent on clinical placements, rotating through various hospital and community settings. These placements include diverse areas such as Medicine, Surgery, Elderly Medicine, and Primary Care, and incorporate the use of simulation and digital technology to enhance learning. This hands-on experience is vital in preparing students for real-world medical practice.

As a medical student at Leeds, you find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. How do you address this issue?

Addressing work-life balance issues as a medical student at Leeds would involve several steps. Firstly, I would reassess and prioritise my tasks, focusing on efficient time management. Seeking guidance from tutors and peers on balancing academic responsibilities with personal time would be crucial. I would also take advantage of the student support services for advice and strategies on managing stress and workload. Engaging in extracurricular activities or hobbies and ensuring adequate rest and relaxation would also be essential to maintain a healthy balance. This approach not only helps in coping with the immediate challenges but also prepares for managing similar situations in future medical practice.

Discuss the transition from medical student to doctor in the final year at the University of Leeds.

The transition from medical student to doctor in the final year at the University of Leeds is facilitated by a structured approach that prepares students for their roles as Foundation doctors. This transition is supported by six four-week clinical placements in various key clinical areas, including Primary Care and musculoskeletal placements in rheumatology and orthopedics. These placements are designed to build strong relationships with clinical teams and provide exposure to a range of medical specialties. Tailoring these placements to individual learning needs ensures that students are well-prepared for the responsibilities and challenges of being a Foundation doctor.

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