St. Andrews University Interview Questions
About St. Andrews Medical School
The University of St Andrews combines a students passion for learning with the skills of time-management and adaptability.
From day-one, students are expected to be in the dissection lab, for full body dissection gaining hands-on experience with principles that where previously taught in the lecture theatre.
Continual feedback from mentors, staff and tutors provided at the university provides an additional layer of accountability for medical students, indicating the level of support that the university provides.
MMI or Panel?
Interviews for entry to the School of Medicine are in the format of multiple mini interviews: these usually consist of six 'mini' interviews held at stations which last about six minutes each.
What to expect on interview day?
Staff at the School of Medicine led the candidates into a briefing on the St. Andrews interview format and gave a very comprehensive description of timings, when bells would ring and the order of stations.
There is a tour, run by student volunteers that occurs after the interview. Dress code is business casual.
Interview scoring system
At the interview, you will be expected to demonstrate that you:
Have an understanding of and commitment to medicine as a career
Have shown a commitment to academic study, perseverance and intellection potential
Appreciate the realities of working in a caring profession.
Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills (e.g. empathy, leadership and teamworking)
An ability to discuss ethical issues.
The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component of the UCAT will be used as an element of the interview, with the score being incorporated into the interview score.
Invitations to attend an interview will be emailed to applicants at various times from November up to March. Interviews usually take place in St Andrews on dates in late November and early December and then in the following January, February and early March.
There are a variety of examiners – the majority being friendly and encouraging. There are a few follow-up questions, depending on how the station is answered but there is little time for extra discussion.
What to expect after the interview?
Although some decisions may be made earlier on in the admissions cycle, the majority of decisions will not be made until mid-March.
Check the University of St Andrews website, as the university has a unique curriculum that differs from most other universities.
Additionally, spend time going over your personal statement, and get comfortable with answering questions about your situational judgement and work experience.
Keep upto date with a few current events within the medical field as this is another important area that may come up throughout the interview.
There are certain features of each medical school in the UK which help it stand out from the rest so think about the motivation to become part of St Andrews medical school.
Example interview questions
What motivated you to specifically apply to the University of St Andrews?
What does the daily routine of a doctor look like?
Did you see any particularly difficult scenarios of patient-doctor interactions during your time at...?
What are the benefits of working in a medical environment? How would you be well suited to this?
How would you cope with a high stress/demanding environment?
What experience have you had that you believe will aid you into becoming a successful medical student?
What is an interesting thing that you have read recently in the news about advancements in medical research?
Can private filming of patients be justified if the hospital felt the patient was being abused?
Give an example of a time where you worked on a team, and how you believe that this translates into the medical field?
Give an example of a time that you had to face adversity. How did you overcome the problem at hand?
Reading a short article on a medically related topic (for example nicotine, vaccination, osteoporosis) and be asked questions, or explain to a patient about this medical topic.
Helping a person pack their holiday luggage
Breaking bad news to a patient or friend
Convincing a patient to take their prescription medicine to help their condition, when they are reluctant to do so – The key here is not to successfully persuade them to take their medication, but instead to explore why they do not wish to take their medication.