University of Plymouth Medicine Interview Questions

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Plymouth Medicine Interview Format

The University of Plymouth uses a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format with four single assessor stations. Stations will vary from traditional interviews to more role-play orientated tasks. The university outlines that the following qualities, ‘aligned with the NHS core values’ are those being assessed:

  • integrity
  • veracity and honesty
  • flexibility
  • motivation and commitment
  • empathy and being non-judgmental
  • communication skills
  • potential for leadership
  • insight into the roles and responsibilities of a doctor, dentist, dental care professional or healthcare scientist
  • ability to be a team player
  • ability to deal with stress appropriately
  • problem solving skills
  • students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
  • reflectiveness
  • students who demonstrate a suitable approach to life and people.
The entire interview will take 50 minutes, and is designed to ‘explore your attitudes, outlook and way of thinking.’ For 2023, the interview will be conducted online. 

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Before the Interview

  • Reflect on your work experience and ensure that you can identify the key skills that you have obtained through them, and how these lend themselves to both your future study and chosen career.
  • Practice making notes on and then discussing ethical scenarios with either friends or family, ensuring that you can support your position with well considered arguments.
  • Ensure that you have revised the four ethical principles as a large proportion of the interview is focused on the ethical scenario that you choose. 
  • 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 Plymouth Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

Ethical Scenario: This is the main focus of the interview for Plymouth University, thus most of the questions asked will be related to this. You will be given three generic ethical scenarios to read through and then make notes on one of these. Pens and paper are supplied. You are allowed to refer to these notes in the interview; however you must give them to one of the panel members before leaving the interview room.  The questions are the same for each candidate irrespective of the choice you make and are not meant to examine your knowledge but provide insight into your ability to effectively communicate as well as your attitudes, way of thinking and potential. Examples of ethical scenarios which could be used are:

  • The day before your final exam, one of your family members passes away. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?
  • A young woman suffering from AIDS comes over to your clinic and asks you to not inform her spouse. What will you do?
  • A seven year old child is suffering from cancer. The child’s life expectancy is approximately five months. How will you inform her parents?

Self-reflective Questions:  These questions could be focused on your work experience or your ability to work as part of a team. The questions may include some of the following:

  • Give an example of a time where you have had to deal with a difficult situation.
  • Tell us how you dealt with…
  • What did you learn from….?

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