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Nottingham Medicine Interview Format (Historically)
Nottingham University Medicine interviews consist of eight Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) stations. There are two stations which involve role-play and six which are question and answer-based. At each station, candidates are given one minute to read the instructions outside the station and then five minutes to complete the assessment tasks. At the first station, students are asked ‘ice-breaker’ questions for the first three minutes before beginning their first five minute assessment task. These are not part of the MMI assessment but are designed to prepare the candidate for the rest of the stations. The MMI lasts approximately one hour and is conducted by a combination of medical practitioners, university academics and lay people and assesses candidates personal qualities essential to practicing medicine including:
- Good communication and listening skills
- An understanding of professional issues such as teamwork and respect for the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine.
COVID-19 Interview Update
The University of Nottingham will use Microsoft Teams to run online interviews for the 2021 intake. Interviews will have two interviewers on each panel, and last between 30-45 minutes. There will be questions on four scenarios, which may include role play.
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The University Of Nottingham Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions
General/Personal Statement Station – In this station expect any aspect of your personal statement/background to be elaborated on, including questions such as:
- How do you relax/deal with stress?
- Why have you chosen Nottingham?
- What can you bring to the university?
- Define ‘friend’
- What are your interests/hobbies?
- Tell me about your work experience.
- How would your friends describe you?
- What qualities do you possess that will make you a good doctor?
Motivation and Insight into Medicine – This station examines how your realistic desire to pursue a career in medicine is. The questions asked in this station may include:
- Why do you want to be a doctor?
- Why not chose another career path?
- Medicine can be emotionally demanding, how would you remain detached?
- What is it specifically that really makes you want to do medicine?
- How will you manage your time i.e. work/life balance?
- What makes a good doctor?
- What are the challenges facing modern healthcare?
- What about the medicine course at Nottingham appeals to you?
- Medically related current affairs e.g. 7-day NHS, NHS and Brexit
- Why have you applied to medicine despite all the negativity towards the NHS in the news?
Ethical Scenarios– Ethical scenarios may be of a medical and/or non-medical nature. Remember to consider multiple viewpoints/possibilities and that there are often no right or wrong answers. Review the ‘2 Sorts, 2 Sides’ approach for Medicine Ethical Scenarios. Examples of recently asked ethical scenarios include:
1. During an A-level examination, you saw your friend cheating.
- What would you do after the exam?
- What if he tells you that he is did this because he wants to meet his grades in order to get into medicine?
- What would happen to the relationship between you and your friend as a result?
2. Discuss the ethics around your patient refusing further treatment.
3. Additional MMI Ethical Scenarios with Model Answers can be found in the MMI Question Bank.
Role Play Scenarios – Nottingham has two role-play stations. These scenarios often want you to demonstrate key attributes such as empathy, caring, being non-judgemental etc. One station involves interacting with a trained actor where you will be asked to complete a task with, or for them. The second station is with a fourth year medical student where you will be expected to enter into dialogue with them; this may involve discussing topical medical issues or a hypothetical clinical scenario. In order to succeed in these stations, ensure that you review and implement ‘The 6 Stages of MMI Role Play’.
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