Swansea University Interview Questions
About Swansea Medical School
Swansea has a unique course which offers case based learning with early clinical contact.
They offer clinical skills within the first few weeks of learning, and 5 weeks of clinical placement in the second term. The course emphasises on LOCS in hospital and GP placements.
There is a vast variety of anatomy models to work with alongside body prosections. The University supports students with all matter of needs, including physical and mental health.
MMI or Panel?
Swansea offers a panel interview with 2 stations. There is a written SJT-based assessment and a maths-based assessment, and then you will be interviewed by 2 people on 2 panels.
What to expect on interview day?
As an ice breaker, every student has something interesting about themselves.
Dress smart casual, as you want to look professional.
Interview scoring system
The 5 key competencies assessed are:
Coping with pressure
Insight and integrity
Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed
Out of the interviewers: one is Clinical (researcher and medical student) - Ethics and Problem solving based, the other Academic (clinician and lay person) - about yourself and your drive, coping with pressure.
Each panel had a grading sheet and they marked candidates out of 20, but candidates are not told the criteria exactly- only that it involved professionalism, knowledge and manner.
Assessment centres are normally organised for Spring time, so Swansea Medicine Interviews are likely to happen March – May
The ethical scenario interviewers are usually quite friendly but more serious, while the personal statement interviewers might be friendly and relaxed. In the situational panel, there was a short introduction then they began introducing the subject of the first interview. A conversation then ensued where they kept adding a bit more information and asked questions until the time was completed. In the personal interview, the questions were primarily based on the personal statement.
What to expect after the interview?
The wait time after the interview depends on yours. After the last interview it was about 2 weeks (April). Results can be released anytime from 2 to 10 days.
The Swansea website states the indicators it looks for, try and come up with scenarios and questions you will be asked under these categories.
Practice interview style questions with a friend or teacher, it is really vital as it is a panel based interview.
Swansea state that your personal statement will be ‘considered and discussed’.
It’s very important you go through your personal statement again before your interview to remind yourself of it.
Read GMC ‘Good Medical Practice’ and ‘Outcomes for Graduates’ before your interview since the interview is based around the qualities stated in these.
Example interview questions
What do you know about Case Based Learning?
What kind of doctor do you want to be?
What made you want to be a doctor?
A lot of the points that you've brought up are also found in nursing, have you also considered this as a career?
If your application was unsuccessful, what would you do?
What is your biggest mistake?
Serial pregnancy termination
Low ventilation numbers
Deciding on who to treat
What do you do if a 14-year-old girl asks you to prescribe the contraceptive pill?
What is your view on medically-assisted euthanasia?
Values and skills
How do you communicate appropriately with people from different walks of life?
How would you tell someone something life-changing?
What are the key attributes which make a good doctor?
How would you cope with balancing conflicting pressures without compr