Warwick Medical School Interview Questions

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Warwick Medicine Interview Format

Warwick Graduate Medical School uses a six-station Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) which it dubs a ‘selection centre.’ The detail of the exercises changes each year, but the competencies being assessed are as follows:

  • Team working
  • Insight
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Probity
  • Respect and dignity

You will be observed and scored on the exercises by trained assessors from a range of backgrounds including medical professionals, academics and lay people with an interest in medical education. Scores for each exercise are combined and applicants achieving the highest total score will be made an offer.

interviews take place in December.

Warwick Medicine Key Application & Interview Statistics

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Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
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Interviewee Success Rate

Before the Interview

  • Know your personal statement well and be prepared to discuss any aspect of it in detail.
  • Know the curriculum of the course well and how it will benefit you as a prospective student.
  • Practice verbalising your motivation to study medicine and why you have chosen Warwick University.
  • Reflect on your work experience and the skills that you have learnt from it which will help you in your study and future career. 
  • Review the four pillars of medical ethics; these will help you think of both ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments for many scenarios.
  • Practice discussing ethical scenarios with friends, family and MMI specialists. 

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University of Warwick Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

General/Personal Statement Station: This station will focus on your work experience and most importantly the skills that you have gained from it. It may also consider your hobbies and interests, especially those which may positively contribute to societies at Warwick University.

Motivation and Insight into Medicine – This station will examine how well you have researched medicine as a career. Recent examples of questions asked in the Warwick Medicine interview include the following:

  • Why do you want to be a doctor?
  • Why have you decided that now is the time to train for a medical degree?
  • What have you done to find out about the challenges of working in the healthcare setting?
  • Medicine is a popular career. What do you think will be the most rewarding aspects of being a doctor for you personally?
  • Medicine can be hard at times. What do you think will be the most challenging aspects of being a doctor for you personally?
  • Following on from that, what strategies or approaches will you use to deal with the challenges you will face in becoming a doctor?
  • Additional example questions with model answers are available in the MMI Question Bank.

Role play Station: This station is likely to test the personal attributes valued by Warwick Medical School (empathy, dignity, resilience and respect). A station on resilience may involve a difficult task or situation, and this will be testing your ability to stay calm when faced with a tricky scenario – your interviewers will want to see your ability to persevere with a logical thought process, responding to the situation accordingly.  To maximise your performance in these scenarios review BlackStone Tutors “6 Stages of MMI Role Play”. A range of example role play scenarios with model answers are available in the MMI Question Bank.

Ethical DilemmaThese situations often take the format of a semi-structured interview with the assessor and again, assess multiple competencies. Ensure that you can apply the four pillars of ethics to the scenario where relevant, as well as recalling the BlackStone Tutors ‘2 Sorts, 2 Sides’ approach. Recent ethical scenarios have included the following:

  • Your mother rings you and asks you to come round and help with a significant family decision.  Her 70-year-old father has been diagnosed with a condition that will kill him sometime in the next five years. He can have a procedure that will correct the disease and not leave him with any long-term problems, but the procedure has a 10% mortality rate. He wants to have the procedure, but your mother is not in favour of it. How would you help mediate this issue?
  • You are a junior doctor and found out that a senior staff/doctor did something which you know is wrong and might harm the patients. What would you do?

Communication/Observation Station – This station may not only test your communication skills but others as well, such as empathy, dignity, observation skills etc. It may also require you to watch a video of a consultation and comment on the effectiveness of the practitioner you have observed. For advice and guidance on how to succeed in these stations, refer to the BlackStone Tutors ‘7 Stages of MMI Communication Stations’ as well as the ‘Outside In Approach to Observation Tasks’. Recent questions have included the following:

  • In the video what did the doctor do to communicate effectively with the patient?
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to adjust your language and behaviour to help someone understand. What did you adjust and what was the outcome?
  • In the video observed, what did the doctor do to show empathy?
  • Tell me about a time when you have shown empathy and sensitivity towards someone else. What did you do and what was the outcome?
  • As you know, medical training involves a lot of learning. People have different ways of learning. What techniques do you know of?

Teamwork Stations – The importance of teamwork stations are often under-estimated, with many misconceptions on how to succeed in these vitally important stations. The BlackStone Tutors MMI Question Bank offers a range of teamwork scenarios to practice as well as highlighting key tips and common pitfalls in MMI Teamwork Stations.

Warwick Medicine Interview Questions and Answers

Why do you want to study Medicine at Warwick?

I am eager to study Medicine at Warwick due to its distinctive graduate-entry program, the largest in the UK, welcoming 193 graduates annually from diverse academic backgrounds. Warwick’s innovative and experiential learning approach, incorporating case-based learning, lectures, small group sessions, and e-learning, offers a comprehensive medical education. The focus on early clinical exposure in a variety of settings, including community and hospital-based learning, aligns with my desire for a hands-on, immersive experience. The opportunity to learn alongside peers from various disciplines enriches the learning environment, enhancing my medical education with a broad range of perspectives and experiences.

What do you know about the Medicine course structure at Warwick?

Warwick’s Medicine course is structured to progressively immerse students in clinical settings. The first year includes university-based teaching with integrated clinical exposure, using innovative teaching methods like plastinated specimens and 3D imaging. The second year increases time in healthcare settings, including community care and mental health experiences. The third year involves specialist clinical blocks, further enhancing knowledge in core areas while learning predominantly in GP practices and hospitals. The fourth year continues community and hospital-based learning, culminating in a six-week elective, preparing students to start practice as Foundation Year I doctors.

What makes Warwick's graduate-entry Medicine program unique?

Warwick’s graduate-entry Medicine program is unique for its size and inclusivity, being the largest in the UK and accepting students from both Arts and Sciences backgrounds. This diversity fosters a rich learning environment where students bring varied perspectives and experiences, enhancing the educational experience for all. The program’s structure is tailored to graduates, allowing them to leverage their prior knowledge and skills in a focused, intensive medical education setting. Warwick’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive cohort reflects its dedication to training doctors who are adaptable, empathetic, and equipped to meet the diverse needs of patients.

Can you discuss the community engagement activities at Warwick Medical School?

Community engagement is a significant aspect of the student experience at Warwick Medical School. Students participate in a variety of initiatives, such as the Oddballs Foundation, raising awareness of testicular cancer, and RMD Warwick, providing Basic Life Support and First Aid training. Collaborations with Carriers of Hope aid refugees and asylum seekers, while the Sexpression charity educates young people on health and relationships. Projects like Bright Minds involve medical students in mental health workshops for young Coventry and Warwickshire youth. These activities demonstrate Warwick’s commitment to integrating medical education with community involvement and social responsibility.

How does Warwick Medical School prepare its students for the realities of modern medicine?

Warwick Medical School prepares its students for modern medicine through a curriculum that emphasises practical experience, community involvement, and a broad understanding of healthcare challenges. The course structure ensures students gain hands-on clinical experience from the outset, developing skills in real-world settings. Community engagement initiatives provide students with insights into public health and the social determinants of health. The diverse student body brings a range of experiences, fostering a collaborative learning environment. This comprehensive approach ensures graduates are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of contemporary healthcare and adapt to the evolving needs of patients and communities.

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