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UEA Medicine Interview Tips

Advice & Insight From Interview Specialists

As with any medical interview it is important to be proactive before the interview so you can tailor your preparation to the specific requirements of each university. Interviews will focus on specific topic areas and types of questions; they are likely to use similar questions year on year so do your research so you are maximally prepared.

Interview Details

Style: Panel led by 2 interviewers: academic members of staff from Norwich Medical School or a doctor.

Timings: 35-45 minutes. 90 seconds reading time followed by 5 minutes answering

Question number: 4 different question types

Interview dates: November – February

Criteria:

  • An acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
  • The ability to learn and work effectively in partnership
  • A caring and supportive attitude
  • An empathetic and caring approach
  • Insight in to Medicine as a career and personal suitability for the profession
  • Honesty, integrity and personal effectiveness.
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Top tips for Norwich

  • Interview questions may focus on your desire to study at Norwich Medical School specifically. This means you need to do some research into the university and course, as well as having a good insight into how you will talk about your decision to apply to Norwich. This is likely to include considerations of course type, location and city of Norwich. Read the Medical School Prospectus and try to talk to students at the university through forums or if possible open days.
  • The course at East Anglia brings together many different learning opportunities that centre of both interpersonal and academic development. The course strongly integrates clinical practice into the curriculum from the beginning, developing graduates who don’t only treat disease but the patient who has the disease. This means you will be using scenarios and clinical problems from patients during your learning. There is a specific consultation skills programme where students can interact with tutors and role-players.

Norwich Medical School

Course structure: Modules based on body systems.

Learning strategy: lectures, seminars, secondary care hospitals, GPS and PBL

PBL: Applying learning to virtual scenarios and real patients.

WHY PBL:

  • Learning information in a clinical context using a scenario allows you to have an insight into how the content you are learning is relevant. PBL has been shown to be an effective way to cement knowledge gained in lectures and improve recall. It is more engaging and interactive.
  • Promotes self-motivation and self directed learning. This prepares you for life log learning in the career, teaching you the skills to reflect on and condense information. Moreover you will be developing skills in critically analysing and finding reputable resources. PBL can be extremely rewarding.
  • Develops transferable interpersonal skills such as teamwork and communication skills
    • Assessing team dynamics, learning to function as a team including how to address conflict/ ensuring everyone knows their roles and responbilities and is delivering to the best of their ability.
    • During PBL you must actively listen to your peers and give constructive feedback. Moreover you will learn to communicate your ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to refine skills in public speaking, personal organisation and time management.

Other: Dissections – allow you to truly understand the function and structure of the human body.

Opportunities for intercalation after 3/ 4 years with options such as a Master’s in Clinical Research or Education

Opportunity to organise a self-funded elective 4 week placement in the UK or abroad at the end of 4th year.

Student Selected study component allows you to complete an audit project in an area of your interest.

Facilities- Bob Champion Research and Education building – state-of-the-art facility with purpose-build clinical resource centre.

Optimise Your Interview Performance

Learn the best interview strategies and practice with past interview questions & model answers.

  • East Anglia are looking to recruit rounded individuals with the skills required by a doctor. Prepare for questions about your emotional intelligence being able to link these to your motivation to study medicine. Key topic areas may be empathy, communication, teamwork, personal insight. Be ready to think on your feet about these skills and qualities; reflect on times you’ve seen these skills, developed these skills and why these skills are important. It may be useful to break down each subtopic and think about potential sub-topics for example under empathy they may ask you about breaking bad news, apologising when you make a mistake or the application of empathy.
  • Be prepared to talk about your work experience. In preparation for your interview East Anglia will request that all students complete a Work Experience form. Students are required to provide details of two experiences that have most informed their decision to study medicine; this may include examples from voluntary work, with a health care professional, paid employment or personal experience within care. Be prepared to answer questions based upon the experiences; the interviewer will be interested in what you did, what you saw and most importantly what you learnt from the experience. Make sure you have reflected on how your experiences informed your decision to study Medicine.
  • Expose yourself to a variety of data interpretation questions, they may provide you with unseen videos or data to interpret and talk about. Have experience drawing conclusions from resources and provide insights from scenarios.
  • East Anglia is renowned for being a friendly university – treat the interview as a conversation with 2 professionals opposed to a test or exam, this will make you appear genuine and allow you to show your enthusiasm and passion.
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