Lincoln University Interview Questions
About Lincoln Medical School
The new Lincoln Medical School offers the best of both worlds.
It's partnership with the University of Nottingham means that the course is identical to that in Nottingham with the security of a tried and tested, robust curriculum whilst studying in the beautiful city of Lincoln with state-of-the-art modern facilities and campus of the University of Lincoln.
Clinical placements commence from the first semester and the small cohort size enables a really strong community feel.
MMI or Panel?
The MMI style interview is the same as the Nottingham medicine interview. 8 stations lasting 5 minutes each with 2 of them involving role play.
What to expect on interview day?
For virtual interviews, the interview has two interviewers on the panel, lasts between 30 and 40 minutes and includes questions on four scenarios one of which was a role play.
For in-person interviews, the students are provided with 1 minute between stations to exit the station, and read the instructions outside the next station. At the first station all applicants will be read the same “ice-breaker” question and given 2 minutes to answer. The tour happens afterwards and there are student ambassadors on hand to assist and ask questions before and after. Arrive in good time and remember all the necessary documentation and identification.
You will receive more information about the interview day if you are invited for an interview.
The dress code is as usual for an interview- smart.
Interview scoring system
You'll be expected to have:
good communication and listening skills,
an understanding of professional issues such as teamwork
and respect for patients and the contribution of those working in professions allied to medicine.
The interviewers are trained interviewers: clinicians, academics and a lay person.
Interviews usually take place between December and March.
The examiners are mostly friendly however, some examiners might have a blank neutral face and might act indifferent and cold. They do this not because your answers are wrong but to put you under a stress test while you are answering to see if you crack under pressure. Most of the Nottingham medicine stations had fixed follow up questions but they were not disclosed during the reading time or in the instructions. So you can expect them all to be surprise questions even though they are fixed and not based on what you say in your previous answer.
What to expect after the interview?
Usually takes a couple of months, around February and March, to hear. Check the spam email box just in case!
Be yourself! The interviews are not designed to catch you out or test your academic knowledge.
Read up on the website about what to expect from the interview and think about what qualities you want to try and portray to the interviewer during your interview.
Read up on the pillars of medicine and basic medical ethics as well as being familiar with the GMC's Outcome for Graduates.
Make sure you are strong on ethical scenarios and your motivation to study medicine answers.
Practise with friends and family to make sure you are confident and secure in your answers.
Example interview questions
Why have you chosen Lincoln?
What can you bring to the university?
Why not chose another career path?
Medicine can be emotionally demanding, how would you remain detached?
What is it specifically that really makes you want to do medicine?
How will you manage your time i.e. work/life balance?
What about the medicine course at Lincoln appeals to you?
A scenario around a situation on placement that raises numerous ethical issues. Questions are then asked about identifying these ethical issues and what would the candidate do next?
During an A-level examination, you saw your friend cheating. What would you do after the exam? What if he tells you that he is did this because he wants to meet his grades in order to get into medicine? What would happen to the relationship between you and your friend as a result
Discuss the ethics around your patient refusing further treatment.
Values and skills
What makes you think you'll be a good doctor?
How do you relax/deal with stress?
What are your interests/hobbies?
How would your friends describe you?