Medicine Interview Resources List

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You should use a range of different resources to prepare for your medical school interviews. Integrating different viewpoints along with ‘official’ preparation resources – or as close as one gets to such – is vital, as well as using the question banks and resources offered by BlackStone Tutors. Here we cover core, official content and some providers of opinion and hot topics. 

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Medical Schools Council

The Medical Schools Council is a lesser-known but incredibly useful resource for those applying to medical school in the UK. Indeed, they are the body responsible for setting the core values and attributes required of medical students – a group of the UK universities who study the GMC guidelines and in turn create guidelines for medical students. As such, their ‘Statement on the core values and attributes needed to study Medicine’ document should be seen as essential reading for all. It’s closely mapped to the GMC Duties of a Doctor document, and will help you to both understand the attributes that you need, and see them in context as well.

Medical Schools Council Resources, Medical Schools Council Preparation Website

Two more offerings from the MSC that are of huge value are their resources list – which is extensive – and their preparation site. The former offers valuable content covering everything from how to be a good doctor and what kind of work experience you need, through to entry requirements and contextual information for applicants. There’s even information on what you should choose for your fifth subject. Additionally, you should consult their preparation website (Google ‘Medical Schools Council Preparation Site’) which provides a brief, but valuable, overview on what you need to work through to be ready for a medical school interview. 

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GMC Good Medical Practice

The GMC’s Good Medical Practice document should be seen as core knowledge for all medical school applicants. It’s the foundation of professional medical practice in the UK, and therefore vital to understanding how doctors work, are expected to work, and carry themselves in their personal and professional lives. Using a summary is sensible, rather than trying to memorise the entire document! Additionally, you should make use of the Duties of a Doctor document, or its summaries, as well as Achieving good medical practice: Advice for medical students, which will cover situations that you are likely to encounter as a student. These are invaluable aids for situational judgement or behavioural-style stations, as well as ethical questions.

BBC Health

The BBC News’ Health section covers current trends and relevant topics in healthcare, and is a great way of familiarising yourself with the most important information at a (relative) glance. Don’t expect to find huge amounts of detail here, but do use this website as a simple, free resource that you can digest quickly and that will allow you to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in healthcare in the UK and elsewhere. There are sometimes longer opinion pieces or magazine-style pieces that furnish the reader with more information. 

Guardian Health

The Guardian’s health section is another free resource that will allow you to keep up-to-date. However, you should expect to find more opinion here than you might in the BBC’s site, which is both positive and negative – expect to find longer pieces and some interesting viewpoints, but equally do be aware that you may need to balance the Guardian’s left-wing viewpoints with other views in order to receive full, a-political context on key issues. Nonetheless, this is a great place to begin generating your own opinion. 

The BMJ & Student BMJ

The BMJ and its student component are aimed at medical students and doctors. However, you will still find a range of content that is intelligible and accessible for intelligent school-leavers. This will cover both science or clinical and research pieces, and thought pieces on policy and ethics. In general you will find more worth from the pieces that focus on ethics or the state of the NHS, for example, than on particular research advances. Therefore focus your reading on topics that seem to be more relevant for the interview process, or alternatively that tie in with your own passions – and that you would therefore feel confident discussing in your medical school interviews.

Medicine Interview Resources List

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