About Warwick Medical School (2023 Edition)
The University of Warwick is a world-leading university, born out of boldness, imagination and collaboration.
They have a strong reputation for upholding the highest academic and research standards.
Graduate-only students provide a unique and diverse learning environment, bringing their own different strengths and experiences to the course.
Students are guaranteed to develop the knowledge and attributes needed to be a good doctor as they are taught by academics at the forefront of their subjects.
Imperial College Interview Information
😊 How does Warwick Medical School select candidates for interviews?
The Warwick Medicine course is for post-graduates only. You should have at least a 2:1 award in your degree (any subject). A-Level and GCSE results are NOT considered.
UCAT: You need a Verbal Reasoning score of at least 570. The SJT score is not looked at.
Work experience: You must have completed two weeks' (70 hours') full-time work experience across a minimum of two placements in the last four years. This must involve hands-on care for people/patients. Examples include: care home, care-giver, AHP, HCA, pharmacy, shadowing.
Your personal statement is NOT considered.
🧬 What is the interview format?
MMI (multiple mini interviews). These will be online for 2023. There are 6 stations, and the examiners are looking for evidence of team working, insight, resilience, communication, empathy, probity, respect and dignity.
📆 When will you get interview invitations?
👩💼 When are the interviews usually held?
📝 What are the main topics I will be asked at the interview?
You will be asked to reflect on your work experience and what you learned about your own strengths and areas for development. You also need to know what is required of a doctor. It is not a bad idea to acknowledge areas of weakness! Active listening is valued. Warwick want to see you stand out and avoid rehearsed answers. They also LOVE reflection.
☑️ How will my interview be marked?
You will be scored for each station by trained assessors, including medical professionals, academics, current students and lay people with an interest in medical education.
🏠How many applicants are there per interview (Home)?
For 2022 entry, out of 1920 students who applied, 465 have been invited to a medicine interview at Warwick (24%). That's around 4 applicants per interview.
🌎 How many applicants are there per interview (International)?
For 2022 entry, out of 101 international students who applied, 12 were interviewed for GEM at Warwick (12%). That's around 8 applicants per interview.
✨How likely is it that I will be given an offer after an interview?
In 2022, 248 out of 479 interviewees were given an offer. That equates to a 52% chance of success after the interview!
Warwick expects a minimum of 70 hours work experience in the two years before you apply.
It is important you know details about the course and university you have applied to since some questions in the interview can be about the course.
Know your personal statement well and be prepared to discuss any aspect of it in detail.
Getting to grips with the timing and structure of Warwick’s MMIs is key to helping you feel comfortable on the day.
I’d recommend listening to The PostGrad Medic on YouTube, who is currently a final year student at Warwick.
In preparation for your MMI you may wish to reflect on your work experiences and the core values that medical schools are looking for as set out in the NHS Constitution and explained in the MSC guidance core values and aptitudes needed to study medicine
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Example Interview Questions
🔥 Motivation Interview Questions
Why have you decided that now is the time to train for a medical degree?
What have you done to find out about the challenges of working in the healthcare setting?
Medicine is a popular career. What do you think will be the most rewarding aspects of being a doctor for you personally?
Medicine can be hard at times. What do you think will be the most challenging aspects of being a doctor for you personally?
Following on from that, what strategies or approaches will you use to deal with the challenges you will face in becoming a doctor?
⚖️Medical Ethics Interview Questions
You are a junior doctor and found out that a senior staff/doctor did something which you know is wrong and might harm the patients. What would you do?
Your mother rings you and asks you to come round and help with a significant family decision. Her 70-year-old father has been diagnosed with a condition that will kill him sometime in the next five years. He can have a procedure that will correct the disease and not leave him with any long-term problems, but the procedure has a 10% mortality rate. He wants to have the procedure, but your mother is not in favour of it. How would you help mediate this issue?
Recently Austria followed other European countries like Switzerland and Belgium and legalised physician-assisted suicide. Do you think the UK should embrace a similar policy and make physician-assisted suicide legal?
A boy is rushed into A&E after a car crash. The patient is unconscious and has sustained huge blood loss due to the accident. You decide the boy requires an urgent blood transfusion. As you are about to take the boy into theatre, his parents arrive and forbid you to carry on with the blood transfusion on religious grounds. How would you proceed, and what factors should you consider?
🤯Values and Skills Interview Questions
In the video observed, what did the doctor do to show empathy?
In the video what did the doctor do to communicate effectively with the patient?
Tell me about a time when you have had to adjust your language and behaviour to help someone understand. What did you adjust and what was the outcome?
Tell me about a time when you have shown empathy and sensitivity towards someone else. What did you do and what was the outcome?
As you know, medical training involves a lot of learning. People have different ways of learning. What techniques do you know of?
📰 NHS Interview Questions
If you were Secretary of State for Health, what changes would you make?
How should doctors tackle the problem of obesity on a national level?
Who will be impacted the most by strike action?
Which areas of healthcare should we be increasing funding for?
What do you know about the postcode lottery?
What are the values upon which the NHS was founded?
🏨 Teamwork Interview Questions
Give an example of a time you’ve worked in a team and what did you learn from this?
I see you are captain of a team. What duties does that involve?
How do you feel about sharing work with others?
🎭 Roleplay Interview Questions
Resilience: May involve a difficult task or situation, and this will be testing your ability to stay calm when faced with a tricky scenario.
🏥 Work Experience Interview Questions
What medical work experience have you carried out?
What did you learn from this experience?
(If not shadowing a doctor directly), why did you choose not to follow the path your work experience entailed?
What was the most challenging aspect of your work experience environment?
The course is designed specifically for graduates, with the integration of clinical placements and small group case-led learning. Graduates to draw on each others strengths and learn from one another. The course is very flexible, you can make up your own day and direct your own learning. It provides early induction into clinical environment. They encourage patient contact from first year which gives you an opportunity to practice histories and hone your examination skills. The medical school covers eight specialities that are some including: psychiatry, acute medicine and child health over the period of the 4-year course.
Warwick is a well-known supportive and welcoming space where everything you need to study, live and have fun is close to hand. The accelerated 4-year course is a challenging but very rewarding programme. Case-based learning is the main teaching style for the medical degree here, with the support of lectures, small group sessions, experiential learning and clinical skills. Explore what Warwick has to offer, and you’ll develop a skillset that sets you apart, and sets you up to succeed. As well as having a dedicated personal tutor, students benefit from a strong peer support network. The medical school runs a buddy scheme, and students in higher years get involved in teaching those in lower years. There's a wide range of societies and sports clubs available for students to socialise in their free time.
Although the Warwick MBChB programme is intensive you should find time to get involved in an impressive array of sports, charitable initiatives like SKIP (Students for Kids International Projects), Sexpression, and community interactions which medical students have established. There are over 250 societies covering the most diverse interests. Warwick Sport also supports 76 sports clubs as well as organising a wide range of exercise classes and sports courses. Some students choose to live in the nearby town of Leamington Spa, around 25 minutes’ bus journey from campus. The campus is always buzzing with activity – from the award-winning Warwick Arts Centre and our busy Students’ Union to our great sports facilities and live events.
MedSoc put on events throughout the year which serve as a great way to get to know other medics both in your year and across the school; Medic Parents dinner, Drs and Nurses night and the show-stopping winter and summer balls. They provide a great opportunity to relax with your peers, a crucial part in surviving the 4 years of Med school. The medsoc also offer a wide array of societies and sports clubs linked to MedSoc that are worth getting stuck into - there is something for everyone! MedSoc also provide support to help you along your way in a demanding degree. This is done through a medic-parent’s scheme, the society’s welfare team and also through peer-support, a peer led teaching program.