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Plymouth University Interview Questions


About Plymouth Medical School

Plymouth University’s medical course creates incredible doctors starting from day one, by focusing on professional and clinical development as early as term one.


They use technology to advance student’s knowledge of anatomy and clinical practice, whilst still sticking to the basics of in-depth patient contact and small-group work.


The environment that they create is friendly and motivational - they push you to be at your best performance.



 

INTERVIEW

MMI or Panel?

MMI

Interview format

What to expect on interview day?

Interview scoring system

Interview months

Examiner review

What to expect after the interview?


 

Interview tips

  • Plymouth University prioritises personality over academic achievements - making sure you showcase the skills necessary in becoming a good healthcare professional are key to demonstrate during interviews.

  • Read up on the four pillars of medical ethics and interesting cases that come up in medical news.

  • Also, prepare for the standard question of ‘why did you want to become a doctor’ - they like to surprise you with this at the start.

  • They state that the MMI will assess various skills on their website, and think about the kinds of questions/tasks you might be asked.



 

Example interview questions

Motivation

  • Give an example of work experience that you have appreciated and lead you towards a medical career.

Medical ethics

  • Ethical scenario involving patient autonomy - a patient has life-threatening lung-cancer but they don’t want treatment, however their family is pressuring them to do so.

  • A young woman suffering from AIDS comes over to your clinic and asks you to not inform her spouse. What will you do?

  • The day before your final exam, one of your family members passes away. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?

  • A seven year old child is suffering from cancer. The child’s life expectancy is approximately five months. How will you inform her parents?

Values and skills

  • How do you cope with uncertainty?

  • The day before your final exam, one of your family members passes away. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?

  • Give an example of a time where you have had to deal with a difficult situation.

  • Tell us how you dealt with...

  • What did you learn from....?

Work experience

  • Insight into various roles within a multidisciplinary team - describe a time where you observed the roles in a multidisciplinary team and what the importance of those roles were/ how important teamwork was in that situation.

Teamwork

  • What can go wrong when working as part of a team? How can you learn from those mistakes?