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Is Medicine for Me? 5 Tips on How to Make the Big Decision

5th February 2024

Is Medicine for Me? 5 Tips on How to Make the Big Decision

Trying to decide whether medicine is for you? Personally, it took me months and lots of research and thought to finally make that decision. Compared to most Bachelor degrees which are usually three years in duration, courses in medicine take much longer – about 5 years to complete.  Then there is post-graduate study and specialist training. You could be looking at many years before ...

 

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One-on-One with a Medical School Interviewer

17th January 2024

One-on-One with a Medical School Interviewer

I was fortunate enough to have jumped through the hurdles that lie on the way to medical school, and there are quite a few benefits on the other side. I was fortunate in being able to talk to someone who had previous experience as an interviewer. The following is an excerpt from a conversation I had with a past interviewer to understand what they are looking for in medical interview candidates ...

 

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How to Apply to Study Medicine in Ireland

10th January 2024

How to Apply to Study Medicine in Ireland

There are five medical schools in Ireland where you can apply for undergraduate entry: Medical School Programme Length University College Dublin (UCD) 5 years Trinity College Dublin 5 years The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) 5 / 6 years ...

 

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Hot Topic: COVID Vaccinations (with discussion of medical ethics)

8th January 2024

Hot Topic: COVID Vaccinations (with discussion of medical ethics)

The COVID pandemic and COVID vaccinations are common medical interview topics, since they have resulted in significant challenges to the healthcare system, and raise many ethical issues. In this blog, we will be discussing the following medical interview question, and provide four key tips: “Should people be forced to vaccinate in order to achieve herd immunity?”   ...

 

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BMAT Cancelled From 2024: What Will Happen Next?

29th December 2023

BMAT Cancelled From 2024: What Will Happen Next?

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) has been cancelled from 2025 entry onwards. Until last year, there were eight universities which required candidates to sit BMAT: Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, University College London, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Lancaster, and Leeds and Keele (international students only). Each of them will have to modify their admissions procedures as a result ...

 

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Sample MMI Question and Response: A Difficult Dilemma

19th December 2023

Sample MMI Question and Response: A Difficult Dilemma

Questions for the medical Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) can be challenging, but practicing example questions can leave you much more prepared for the live interview and give you an edge over other medical interview candidates. In this post I’m going to be taking a look at a common type of MMI question, breaking it down, and presenting some ideas to discuss and tips for organising your re ...

 

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Virtual Medical Interviews: Tips For Success

8th December 2023

Virtual Medical Interviews: Tips For Success

The COVID-19 pandemic had a resulted in some changes to medical school admissions. A significant change has been the move from in-person medical interviews to virtual interviews at some universities. A virtual interview in an interview that uses technology such as video conferencing software such as Zoom, or other online communication platforms. Several medical schools have already con ...

 

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Medical Interview Preparation: The 4 Pillars of Medical Ethics

8th December 2023

Medical Interview Preparation: The 4 Pillars of Medical Ethics

Patients place immense trust in doctors, and doctors can have enormous impacts on their patients. For this reason, doctors are bound to an ethical code that prevents them from misusing their privileged position in ways that might hurt those for whom they care. Given the importance of ethical conduct to good medical practice, this is a common topic of medical interviews, as well as UCAT Situati ...

 

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Sample MMI Station: Role-Play

4th December 2023

Sample MMI Station: Role-Play

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) for medical admissions is challenging, in large part because of the considerable variation in station formats and topics. Role-play stations can be particularly challenging for students, and it is often hard to know how to approach these kinds of stations. In this blog I’ll break down a typical role-play station and offer some practical tips for fielding ...

 

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Presenting Yourself in Interviews

30th November 2023

Presenting Yourself in Interviews

You may have started preparing for your medical interview. Practicing how to answer tough personal questions and scenarios are vital. However, one aspect of a medical interview that many people do not focus on is how to present yourself in front of the interviewers. Presentation is just as important as what you say in your medical interview. Now you might be thinking, ‘there’s n ...

 

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