Queen Mary University of London PA Interview Questions
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General Interview Information
The Physician Associate Studies Program at Queen Mary University of London has around 60 places available each year. Applications are reviewed by the admissions office to ensure that they meet minimum academic requirements, after which applicants are scored based on a point system that scores applicants for A level Biology or Chemistry, BSc (honours) grades, and Postgraduate qualification (MSc/ PhD). Up to 80 applicants will be interviewed. The university emphasises that ‘it is not possible to predict what values to put on the threshold required for interview, or to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds, since it is essentially competitive and depends on who applies.’
Interview Format for Physician Associate Studies at QMUL
The school operates an assessment centre for its PA program which takes around half a day and involves the completion of various tasks. Tasks will include a group-based task, discussions based around various cases or particular topical issues, a video of a clinician-patient interaction and a structured interview. Candidates will be assessed on these tasks, by trained assessors who will score applicants on predetermined criteria. No offers are given without attending the assessment centre.
The selection centre will run its assessment day during late October or early November.
Sample & Recent Interview Questions
The university highlights an ‘applicant’s determination, communication skills, teamwork skills and personality.’ Applicants will also be asked about their ‘personal experiences gained through work experience or voluntary work’ with the goal of ensuring that they have a ‘realistic appreciation of the academic, physical and emotional demands to successfully complete MSc Physician Associate programme.’
- How would you show someone that you are listening carefully to what they say?
- Imagine that a nurse asks you to help her explain a concept to a child. How would you alter your manner of speaking in order to communicate a complex concept to a child?
- How does empathy factor into one being a good communicator?
- Please think about an example of great communication and an example of poor communication that you have seen during your work experience or volunteering. Can you compare the two? What created the difference between the great communicator and the poor communicator?
- Do you believe that someone can improve their communication skills?
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- Describe the importance of teamwork to the field of healthcare today.
- 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?
- Are you better at being a team player or better at leading teams?
- Please provide us with an example of your leadership ability.
- Please consider one person that was a great team player and one that you found difficult to work with. What created the differences between them? How can you learn from comparing and contrasting these two individuals?
Personal Experiences through Work Experience or Voluntary Work
- Which one experience during your work experience most surprised you about the work that physician associates do?
- Which one experience from your work experience was the most informative to you?
- Can you think of any examples of poor professional practice that you noted during your work experience?
- What voluntary work have you taken on?
- Please describe one voluntary role or charity role that you found to be especially rewarding. Where did you volunteer, and why did you feel that this role was especially impactful compared to any others that you may have had?
- Can you tell us one thing that you learnt about the PA profession during your work experience that we might find interesting?
- Was it difficult to arrange work experience shadowing a PA?
- What was the first volunteering or charity role that you took on, outside of something organised by your school?
Realistic Appreciation of the Demands of the Program
- Why are you interested in applying to the QMUL program?
- What do you think will be the single most challenging part of studying here?
- How have you prepared yourself for the difficulties of studying a program like this?
- How do you relax or unwind after a difficult day?
- How will you deal with the mixture of learning styles, the fact that you must travel to placements, and the amount of information that you need to learn quickly?