Physician Associate School Interview Questions (UK)
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- Describe the role of a physician associate. How does it differ from that of a doctor?
- When were you first aware of the role of physician associates?
- Why are you interested in studying at this university in particular?
- What do you think you will bring to our university’s PA program?
- How can you show that your learning style will allow you to succeed in what is known to be a challenging program?
- How does a physician associate’s role differ from a nurse practitioner’s?
- What can you tell me about the history of physician associates in the UK?
- What changes would you make to the NHS if you were made Health Secretary?
- What is particularly attractive about the course at our university?
- How do you think that the roles and responsibilities of physician associates will change in the next ten years? How about in the next twenty
- Is it possible for a PA to work alone (independent of a doctor)?
- Please describe this part of your personal statement to us in more detail.
- Is there a particular part of the NHS that interests you? Are there particular specialties or areas of healthcare that you find more or less interesting?
- Do you think that PAs will take on a greater part of the burden of care in the UK?
- What are the most important current challenges to global health in general?
- Tell us about COVID-19 and how it has affected the NHS.
- What do you think healthcare will look like in 50 years? What about in 25 or 30 years?
- Which body regulates physician associates in the UK?
- What do you think a typical day looks like?
- What can you tell us about the history of the NHS?
- How is the NHS run today?
- What are the 6Cs?
- Tell us about COVID-19.
- What healthcare topics have stood out to you recently, other than COVID-19?
- Should the NHS offer treatment for self-inflicted problems? As an example, should it treat smokers whose condition is due to their decision to smoke?
- Where do you stand on the topic of physician assisted suicide?
- How would you react if you found that junior doctors on your ward were not dealing with their responsibilities, and instead leaving them to you?
- How would you react if you found that one of your fellow PAs had been belittling the nurses on your ward, and speaking about them in negative terms to patients?
- Is it right for healthcare workers to be able to strike? Can you think of any particular examples of healthcare workers striking in the UK?
- Is it right for parents to be able to smoke in front of their children?
- Is the UK government’s drug policy working?
- Imagine you discover that a senior surgeon in your hospital has been inebriated at work multiple times. How would you deal with this situation?
- What would you say to a patient who was repeatedly sexist?
- Should the NHS be privatised or altered in another way? Are its goals sensible in the 21st century?
- Imagine that you are on a train as a qualified PA, and an announcement is heard through the speaker system, asking if there are any doctors on board. Would you immediately stand up and volunteer your services?
- How is empathy important to physician associates?
- Can you explain the difference between sympathy and empathy?
- Tell us about a time that a team that you were part of failed, and what you learnt from this.
- Tell me about a team that you have learned in. Do you find that you learn well in teams in general?
- What can you tell me about the role of the multidisciplinary team in Medicine in the NHS?
- Please provide us with an example of your leadership ability.
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General / Personal Statements
- Have you ever had to face adversity?
- How do you deal with pressure in general?
- What activities or hobbies allow you to relax?
- What do you think of the city in which our university is based?
- Imagine we asked your friends to describe you in three words or phrases. What would they say?
- Imagine that we asked your friends to describe your greatest weakness to us in great detail. What might they say?
- How do you organise your days in general?
- Tell us about yourself. You have five minutes in which to give an overview of your life and your interest in the PA profession.