Dundee University Interview Questions
About Dundee Medical School
Dundee medical school is unique, being situated inside of Ninewells hospital.
It takes on a systems-based approach to learning, enabling science to be taught in blocks rather that separate courses (e.g. anatomy, physiology).
Additionally the school is known for its early clinical exposure which allows students to apply theory to real life scenarios on the ward.
Equality and diversity surveys are conducted regularly to ensure that the university is a safe and friendly environment for everyone.
MMI or Panel?
There will be 5 stations lasting 6 minutes each.
What to expect on interview day?
The interview will consist of, ‘questions, situations and dilemmas’ which require no previous medical knowledge, and the whole process will take approximately 45 minutes.
There will be a 1 minute break in between stations where you will have time to read the briefing material for the next task. There is information about the dress code on the medical interview website, but dressing smart is a good practice as well making a great first impression.
Interview scoring system
The interview is designed to assess your ability to communicate, your critical thinking, and your personal values.
They hold their interviews between December and February.
The interviewers are quite nice and they may ask follow up questions, so that's something to bear in mind. If it's obvious that you're becoming a bit flustered, the interviewers will be helpful and encouraging and will put you at ease.
What to expect after the interview?
In terms of the waiting time, the university typically gives offer after 2-3 months (max. end of march) and this will be done in batches.
After the interview, some early decisions will be communicated but the majority of applicants will be notified after interviews are completed. Final decisions will be made by the UCAS decision date.
Check out Dundee medical schools website for up to date information about the medical school.
Read up the GMC's good medical practice to gain insight into the types of questions that can be asked and understand how to tackle them.
Make sure to regularly practice interview style questions to gain confidence and most important, be yourself.
Use the reading time to plan and structure your answer or remind yourself of important things to include in your answer. This short amount of time for planning will help you organise your answer logically and make it more articulate.
The interview will comprise of a series of virtual stations in which you will be asked to consider questions, situations, and dilemmas. Even though these are often framed in a clinical or medical context, no prior medical knowledge is required to address them.
Example interview questions
Why would you like to study medicine and why the University of Dundee?
What would you do if you didn’t get into medical school?
Why do you want to be a doctor rather than a nurse?
What qualities are most important in a doctor?
Being given a scenario, and asked to describe the relevant medical ethics that can be identified.
What is your view on organ donation (opt in/opt out/any other systems that you are aware of)?
What are your views on euthanasia, abortion, cloning etc.
Describe the work experience you have?
What work experience have you done and what did you learn from it?
Being given a puzzle/task to solve under a certain time restraint, and being evaluated on communication and how you handle the task.
Acting out a scenario from a non-clinical setting, and being assessed on how you would approach and handle the problem
This may involve interactions with a trained actor, or medical school student as well as an observer.
These may include teaching an actor to perform a specific task or describing to the interviewer how to complete a specific task.
Tell me about a time where you worked well in a team situation.
How long does will it take you to become a GP/surgeon/oncologist?
The NHS principles/function etc.
The General Medical Council structure and function.
Professionalism and medicine as a career