As part of the application process you will need to write a personal statement:
Needs to cover your motivation and academic skills but focus on your work experience/volunteering and what you’ve learned about
yourself, the medical profession (challenges etc) and the NHS through this
Here are some resources to help with this:
Medical school admissions tests will include similar verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests to graduate employers. However, they may add knowledge based elements and/or judgement tests, such as the Decision Analysis Test (DAT) used in UKCAT
Usually a panel which can be made up of a range of stake holders including admissions team member, doctor, nurse, lay person, paramedic. Can be a formal or informal set up.
Mini Multiple Interview (MMI)
Several question stations, each on a different area; eg. ethics, work experience, NHS etc. Sometimes includes a role play. Each station may be 4 –10 mins with time between each – could be as little as 1.5 mins, but usually more. BSMS has 5, 10-min stations, with 1.5 mins between each.
The stations may be staffed by a range of stake holders including doctors, nurses, lay people, paramedics, admissions etc.
An ability to communicate calmly, concisely and logically will be observed throughout – there may be a MMI station specifically for this.
Key areas to research so that you are prepared for a broad range of questions:
Some schools also assess:
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