Exeter University Interview Questions
About Exeter Medical School
Exeter is defined by early clinical contact, friendly and supportive staff and the characteristic friendly atmosphere of a small Med School. Exeter are very keen on the holistic approach.
The problem-based syllabus helps you anchor medical knowledge learnt in lectures, whilst preparing you to treat your own patients as an F1.
Placements can be in a massive variety of settings, from GP surgeries to chiropractors and funeral directors!
MMI or Panel?
Exeter medical school interviews are MMI - 5 stations of 5 minutes each with around 1 minute of thinking time between the stations.
What to expect on interview day?
When you first enter the Zoom meeting you will receive a general briefing with up to four other candidates. In the briefing you will be required to show your photographic ID so that we can confirm who you are. The briefing on the day also talks you through the process and any further information. Following your briefing you will be allocated to your first station in the Break-out room, and moved on to each of the next stations automatically after your time has finished.The dress code is smart.
Interview scoring system
You will be assessed individually on your personal qualities such as your communication skills, empathy, insight into your own strengths and weaknesses, and motivation to study medicine.
The interviews usually run from December to March
The interviewers are usually very friendly. There might be quite a few follow up questions if you finish quicker than allocated time, but the examiners could also cut you off if you are waffling. Most follow up questions will be generic, however some might be more dynamic and based on what you have already said, especially for the ethical scenarios.
What to expect after the interview?
All decisions regarding interview performance will be sent to students by mid-May if not before.
Check the Exeter Medical School website and email email@example.com if you have any specific questions!
Read GMC's Good Medical Practice in action.
Practice with family and friends as much as you can and reflect on your work experience and skills.
Make full use of the three minutes between each station – this is there to help you prepare and focus for the next station, so make sure you don’t waste time thinking about your previous station.
In a roleplay scenario, think about how you would approach the situation in real life and try to demonstrate attributes such as communicating clearly.
Example interview questions
Why do you think you are suited to Medicine?
Why do you want to gain acceptance to this particular medical school?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school?
You might get some ethics scenarios and be asked your opinion/ what you would do
What do you do in a situation where a 15-year-old teenager is asking for birth control?
Tell me about the Terri Schiavo case and what do you think about it?
What is your stance on euthanasia, abortion, stem cell research or Jehovah Witness?
Values and skills
What are your biggest strengths/weaknesses?
What are some ways in which you relax after a stressful day?
Tell me about a challenge in your life and how you overcame it?
How do your peers describe you?
How do you handle stress?
What do you do in your spare time?
What book have you recently read? What did you learn?
Looking over your application, I see you have received an under performing grade? Explain?
Who is the most influential person in your life? And why?
What are the qualities that make a good doctor and do you have them?
Describe your work experience and what you have learnt from it
What exposure do you have to medicine? Tell me about a clinical experience
Current/ past issues in the NHS
What are some downfalls of the NHS?
What are the current challenges in current health care and what can we do to improve it?