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
- Communication skills
Invitations to interview are issued by email in batches starting in December.
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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 Dilemma: This 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?
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