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Medical School Interview Success – course FAQs

Here are answers to some of the questions we frequently get about our Medical School Interview Success online course. If your question isn't answered, please get in contact.

Have you been thinking…

“What’s the deal with medical school interviews? Should I start preparing now or wait until I’ve been invited to an interview? How do I even prepare for an interview and impress on the day anyway?”

With so many tasks to do when preparing for medical school interviews, it’s no wonder so many would-be medical students end up confused and overwhelmed with a seemingly never-ending to-do list.

This course is for you if:

  • you are applying to medical school in the UK this year ready for entry in September 2019 (or deferred entry in 2020)
  • you want access to all the information, advice, guidance and strategies you need – all in one place to save you time searching the web and reduce stress, confusion and overwhelm
  • you want to know the exact step-by-step tasks that you need to do to ensure that your Medical School application goes in the ‘Yes’ pile and you get an offer after interview
  • you are prepared to turn up and go through the content, work hard and implement the strategies taught in the course. Don’t worry, I’ll be there to support you through the whole process!
  • you want live advice and support from a small group of like-minded applicants. I’ll be checking into the group regularly to help you with anything you need, just like a virtual mentor

Often medical schools only give a couple of weeks notice before an interview, which is not much time to prepare (particularly if you’ve got school work and other commitments to keep up with too)! This online course is jam-packed with lots of content to help you prepare for your interview, and it would be beneficial if you are able to start working through this preparation material with more than a couple of weeks to spare. There is even a dedicated section about how you can start your preparation if you are still waiting to be invited to interview!

However, don’t panic if you’ve already been invited to interview and haven’t started preparing yet. We’ve got you covered so you’re well-prepared and feeling confident by the time your interview rolls around.

The completed course will include the following modules and topics:

  • Getting started
    • Framework for preparing for interviews
    • Things you can do before being invited to interview
    • Things to do straight after being invited to interview
    • MMI vs traditional panel interviews
    • What are the interviewers looking for?
  • Answering interview questions
    • Types of interview questions
    • What questions you’ll be asked
    • How to prepare for interview questions
    • How to structure a good answer
    • Preparing answers to the most common interview questions
    • Example interview questions
  • Questions about your work experience
    • How to answer questions about your medical work experience
    • How to answer questions about non-medical work experience, voluntary work and employment
    • Answering questions based on your personal statement
  • NHS hot topics
    • How to prepare for NHS hot topic questions
    • Junior doctors’ contract
    • Brexit and the NHS
    • Funding, staffing and resources
    • Mental Health crisis
    • A&E
    • Dr Bawa-Garba
    • Charlie Gard
  • Medical ethics
    • Consent, capacity and competence
    • Confidentiality
    • Blood transfusions
    • Organ transplants
    • Choices around death and dying
    • Genetic pre-natal testing
    • Life support
    • Vaccinations: should they be compulsory?
  • Wider reading
    • NHS values
    • GMC documents - Good Medical Practice and Outcomes for Graduates (Tomorrow’s Doctors)
    • Books to read
  • MMI stations
    • Breaking bad news
    • Communication stations
    • Mathematics stations
    • Reading comprehension stations
  • Interview advice
    • MMI advice
    • Panel interview advice
    • What to do when you don’t know the answer
    • Tackling nervousness
  • On the day
    • Interview day advice
    • Last-minute thoughts and reminders
    • After the interviews

This information is delivered as a series of videos backed up by questions, tasks, checklists and cheat sheets throughout to keep you on track with your application.

There are several companies that run courses at large venues that last for one weekend and are attended by hundreds of students. Although these give you loads of useful information, they can have some big drawbacks:

  • None of the information is tailored to you specifically because they usually don’t have time for individual feedback, and the course material is pre-made rather than being adapted to what the students need
  • Everything is crammed into a very intensive weekend – this can be overwhelming, and it may leave you worrying about all the things they have told you to do (but they haven’t shown you how to do)
  • After the weekend course is finished, there is very little (if any) ongoing support, guidance, or access to more information
  • Depending on where you live, you may have to travel a long distance to attend a course (and possibly have to pay for overnight accommodation too).

Medical School Interview Success is an online course – by its very nature it immediately overcomes these problems and offers more value.

  • I will create the content as you go through the course – I have an outline of key topics and advice to cover in the next few weeks, but can adapt to include any information that you need. This makes it the most flexible way to prepare for your interviews
  • The content and resources are available from the moment you sign up until the end of the application cycle – so you can revisit the same information again if you need to, and work at your own pace. This is also great if you have more than one interview and want to go through the course for each interview! The course content is accessible to you whenever you want it
  • I will guide you through every single step and you can click away from the video to make notes or complete that step before moving on to the next. The course videos will wait for you, unlike a lecturer at a live weekend course!
  • There is ongoing support and advice via the online community and regular live Q&A sessions
  • You can complete the entire course (and every single step you need to prepare for a successful interview) from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else that has an internet connection – no need to pay to travel to a conference centre in London
  • The first 3 students who register for the course will have the option to have a 30-minute mock interview with feedback for free! But don’t worry if you are not in the first 3, you can still have a mock interview with us – just add this option to your basket

If you are one of the first 3 people to sign up, I will email you. If you wish to take up the offer of a free mock interview, we will find a mutually suitable date and time for the mock.

If you are not one of the first 3 students, you can purchase this as an add-on service from your account.

You will eligible to receive access to the course for another year for free if:

  • You complete each part of the course as you go through the application process*
  • You implement the advice and strategies given in the course*
  • You apply to four Medical Schools which are most likely to accept you* (there will be advice about this inside the course)
  • You have not received offers from any of the four Medical Schools.

Just get in contact to let us know. I will give you access to the course for free for another year.

*This course will only help you with your interview if you go through the videos and guides and implement the advice throughout your preparation and interview day. Simply registering for the course and not completing it will not improve your chances of getting an offer. Therefore, I will check that you have completed each part of the course before I give you access to the course for another year for free.

I believe that it is entirely possible to secure that place at medical school that you’ve been dreaming of if you follow the steps in this course closely.

I come from a completely non-medical family and I didn’t know any doctors when I applied to Medical School - so I didn’t have anyone in the profession to help me, like so many other applicants. This makes the whole process an extra bit of a challenge! It was a steep learning curve to understand how to prepare for an interview and how to impress the interviewers on the day. However, despite this I was offered a place at three medical schools after interviews!

This was only possible because of the huge amount of research and information that I waded through, extensive interview preparation, and bucket-loads of support from my parents and my teachers. It was a lot of time, effort and stress but it was totally worth it to get a place at my top-choice medical school. This online course will give you the information, resources, tips, advice and support that you need in one place, saving you time and ensuring that you do not miss out on anything important. The strategies in this course got me a place at medical school in 2012 – I have made updates where things have changed and am confident that it can work for you too if you follow along and implement the advice.

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