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University of East Anglia UEA Medicine Interview Questions

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East Anglia UEA Medicine Interview Format (Historically)

The University of East Anglia uses a seven-station multiple mini interview. Candidates are given five minutes at each of the respective stations with one and a half minutes changeover/preparation time between each station. The entire interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. The interviewers include a range of clinical, academic and other medical school staff, with each station having only one interviewer.

Candidates are assessed on their ability to:

  • demonstrate an acceptable approach to decision making when given incomplete or conflicting information
  • learn and work effectively in partnership
  • show a caring and supportive attitude
  • show an empathetic and caring approach
  • demonstrate their insight into Medicine as a career and their suitability for the profession
  • demonstrate honesty, integrity, and personal effectiveness

COVID-19 Interview Update

Interviews for the 2021 intake will be held virtually. Applicants who are invited to interview will be emailed individually, with details of the format and exact date. The interviews are expected to proceed between November and February.

University of East Anglia UEA Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Before the Interview

  • Review your personal statement and annotate it to ensure that weak or vague points can be comprehensively clarified during the interview. Identify points in your personal statement which exemplify the values that the University of East Anglia is looking for.
  • Research the course (Norwich Medical School adopts a problem-based learning approach) and be able to verbalise why this style of teaching is suited to you. The advantages and disadvantages of this style of teaching should also be explored as the University will expect you to know about these for the interview.
  • Reflect on your work experience and extracurricular activities. In particular, how these activities/experiences will allow you to thrive both as a student at the University of East Anglia, as well as a future practitioner.
  • Keep up-to-date with issues which affect the medical community and the NHS.
  • Review the four ethical principles and how they relate to clinical scenarios as these may be useful during the ethics station.
  • Practice mock interviews with family, friends and Interview Specialists ensuring that you receive detailed feedback on your answers. This will allow you to gain more confidence in answering questions and will hopefully relieve some of the pressure of the interview.

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University of East Anglia UEA Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

The recent MMI stations predominately focus on the candidate’s personal qualities and work experience, rather than academic ability. The style of the interviews is very structured, allowing you a fairly good idea of what to expect before the interview. The first question for each station is normally viewable outside the station, allowing you to consider your answer before the station starts. Below are a list of frequently occurring stations which come up in the UEA Medicine interview.

Role Play Scenarios: A range of Role Play Scenarios with model answers and the ‘6 Stages of MMI Role Play’ can be found in our Online MMI Question Bank.

Personal Statement/General Station

  • Why are you suited to the UEA curriculum?
  • Why should UEA choose you over the other interviewees?
  • Tell us about your extracurricular activities and how they show evidence of caring and commitment towards the community.
  • How will you contribute to student life at UEA?
  • Why have you chosen medicine?


Competency-based stations: This often relates to candidates’ leadership skills/teamwork abilities.

Motivation and Insight into Medicine: eg. What are the pros and cons of a career in medicine? Further examples with model answers can be found in our Online MMI Question Bank.

Case/Article Reviews: This can vary from summarising patient information leaflets to ethical dilemmas and topical issues which affect the medical community/NHS. A range of examples can be found in our MMI Question Bank along with our structured approach to case/article reviews.

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