Anglia Ruskin Interview Questions
About Anglia Ruskin Medical School
Anglia Ruskin provides a dynamic course that focuses on training doctors of the future to be all-rounded clinicians.
The course takes an early clinical focus with patient contact from the first term.
The academic content is structured around disease blocks (CVS, GI) which cover medicine holistically and comprehensively.
As a new and small medical school, you build valuable relationships with your peers and the staff, who are very responsive to feedback.
MMI or Panel?
Typically, their MMI structure consists of 6 stations each lasting 6 minutes.
What to expect on interview day?
After completing each station you move straight onto the next and follow a pre-arranged circuit, until you have completed all the stations.
You begin with a short talk about ARU, the structure of the course and what to expect if you are a future student.
The tour of the medical school and campus is done after the interview but this has changed post-COVID.
The dress code is smart.
Interview scoring system
Interviews are scored against three criteria: communication and interpersonal skills, initiative and problem solving, personal integrity and moral reasoning.
Each domain is marked out of five, so each MMI station carries a maximum score of 15. The maximum score across eight stations is 90.
Our interviewers will also give you a ‘Global Score’ which could be:
The score is not used as part of the ranking of candidates, but provides further useful information in the event of needing a ‘tie-breaker’ decision. If a candidate is suspected of providing false information, it may result in immediate disqualification from your application being considered.
Areas that are tested will include:
teamwork and leadership
Interviews are held throughout December and January.
The Admissions Team will have sent you information for booking and accessing your MMI. Please make sure you read it thoroughly.
The examiners tend to just stare blankly but might ask follow-up questions during stations.
Check out the website where they have some short videos too about the interviews.
It’s always obvious when answers have been practised and rehearsed, but discuss with friends and family about recent medical news and ethics to broaden your ideas and understand different viewpoints on different topics.
Know your personal statement well for the interview as interviewers may use it and can also provide a good starting point for your answers in supplying evidence and personal examples.
Each station is new and marked separately. You may feel a bit annoyed if a station did not go so well, but as soon as you walk out of that station forget all about it and read the instructions for the next one. Remember that you can still be successful when a few stations don’t go to plan.
Unique selling points of the university
ARU provide hospital placements from early on. This allows you to consolidate learning from lectures and put it to practice. Early exposure to patients and the working environment helps build skills you cannot learn in lecture theatres and prepares to deal with clinical scenarios. Another unique point for ARU is the size of the cohorts. Being a small cohort means you can build amazing friendships with your peers who can all help and support you through the course. You get to know so many people so well, which makes the 5 years at medical school much easier
Work-life balance at medical school can be tough. At ARU the structure is really consistent so you know you will always only have lectures in the morning, and something practical in the evening - this definitely helps balance and plan the weeks at medical school. Most first year students live in the Student Village - a great place to make new friends! It's also ideally located so you're only ever a few minutes away from your lectures, libraries, clubs and the Student Union.The campus is small which means you'll always bump into someone you know and makes it convenient to get to society actives ranging from all different sports to med-soc and medical speciality societies (Dermatology, Surgical society, Psych&Neuro). (119)
Most first year students live in the Student Village - a great place to make new friends! Chelmsford is not the busiest city, however London is only a short 30 minute train away. It's also ideally located so you're only ever a few minutes away from your lectures, libraries, clubs and the Student Union. However, being a small university means you will meet and get to know a lot of people and build strong friendships with them. On a university level, the SU and societies always have things going on to get involved with including both drinking and non-drinking events (including medicine specific ones).
The MedSoc is probably the largest society on campus despite being very new. You can always rely on the MedSoc to pull through with events that get the whole student body together. Not only do they try and put on monthly themed nights out, t