Medicine Interview Questions To Practice
Got a medicine interview coming up and unsure where to start? One thing we always recommend is writing model answers to common questions that have come up in the past.
Below is a list of medicine interview questions our team have compiled for you to use.
👩🏽💼 Motivation for Medicine Interview Questions
- Why do you want to do medicine?
- What are the pros and cons of medicine?
- What do you want to specialise in?
- Why would you want to be a GP?
- Why would you want to be a hospital physician?
- Why would you want to be a surgeon?
- What do you wish to achieve in your career in medicine, aside from clinical practice?
- Describe some health professionals that work alongside doctors, and explain what they do.
- What do nurses do?
- Why do you want to be a doctor rather than a nurse?
- What do physiotherapists do?
- What do counsellors do?
- What do occupational therapists do?
- Describe an interesting medical development in recent times.
- In the history of medicine, what has been the most important development?
- When you think about becoming a doctor, what do you look forward to most and least?
- What impact do you hope to make in the field of medicine?
- Tell us about Hippocrates.
- “Do you read any medical publications?
- Why do you want to be a doctor, rather than another profession that is caring or intellectually challenging?
- What one question would you ask if you were interviewing others to study medicine? What would you most like us to ask you in this interview?
🏡 Personality Medicine Interview Questions
- What is your main strength?
- Give three adjectives that best describe you?
- Why should we give you a place?
- What attributes do you have that will make you a good doctor?
- Could you think of a situation where your communication skills made a difference to the outcome of a situation?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- Are you an empathetic person?
- Who has had a major influence on you as a person?
- What are you main interests?
- Give an example where you have played an effective role as a team member
- What makes you a good team player?
- What makes you a good team leader?
- Why is teamwork important?
- Do all teams need a leader?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in a team?
- Do you work better by yourself or as part of a team?
- How do you manage your time?
🔖 Your Skills Medicine Interview Questions
- How good are your organisational skills?
- How do you cope with stress?
- Medicine requires a great deal of independent study and organisation. How will you manage it?
- Tell me about a non-academic project in which you were involved.
- What positions of responsibility have you held, and what did you learn from them?
- Give an example of a situation where you have made a mistake and how you reacted
- Why did you choose the subjects you are currently studying?
- What do you think university can offer you?
🏥 Work Experience Medicine Interview Questions
- What did you learn from your work experience?
- Can you tell me about a memorable situation you observed, and what you learned from it?
- What important qualities did you notice from doctors during your work experience?
- What is the reason we want our applicants to do work experience?
- How did your work experience change your view of medicine?
- You shadowed a surgeon for a week, what springs to mind when you hear multidisciplinary team?
- After an operation, what is the role of the medical team in the patient’s care?
- Apart from the operating theatre, did you shadow the surgeons in another setting such as a clinic?
- What are the current issues surrounding surgeries?
- You did work experience in a GP reception, how did you find that?
- What do you feel about the Telephone Triage system used in many General Practices?
- How did you find the fact that GPs only get 10 minutes per consultation?
- What are the challenges of being a GP?
- Do you feel that the public’s perception of GPs is misrepresentative?
- What did you notice about the skills doctors needed when they were carrying out a patient history?
- What did you notice about the doctors you were shadowing in their approach to patients?
🧑🏿⚖️ Medical Ethics Interview Questions
- Do you believe that euthanasia should be allowed?
- Why is confidentiality important?
- Can confidentiality ever be broken. If so, when can it be?
- Should doctors be allowed to strike?
- You are part of a medical council deciding upon allocation for a liver transplant. There is one liver, but two patients. Patient A is a 75 year old war hero and non-drinker. Patient B is a an ex-alcoholic who is a lone parent at the age of 27. Who should get the organ?
- A woman who is bleeding heavily refuses to receive a blood transfusion that you are proposing. Why do you think this might be? How would you handle the issue?
- A man refuses treatment for a potentially life-threatening condition. What are the ethical issues involved?
- Do you think that Class A drugs should be legalised?
- How do you respond and what do you feel when you see a beggar in the street?
- What do you think about the use of animals for testing new drugs?
- Should doctors have a role in contact sports such as boxing?
- Do you think we should find out more about patients’ views of their doctors, their illness or their treatments? How would you set about this?
- Some hospitals are refusing to perform some elective operations on obese patients. Why do you think that it? Do you think it’s right?
- Is it right that Viagra should only be available to certain groups of men?
- Would you perform abortions as a doctor?
- What is your feeling about euthanasia?
- Would you prescribe the oral contraceptive pill to a 14-year old girl who is sleeping with her boyfriend?
- Female infertility treatment is expensive, has a very low success rate and is even less successful in smokers. To whom do you think it should be available?
- How do you think doctors should treat injury or illness due to self-harm, smoking or excess alcohol consumption?
🏷 When do medical schools give out offers?
It very much depends on the university. Many medical schools give out offers 3 weeks after the interview takes place and some inform you the next day! The most important thing is to stay patient and remember as long as you’ve given it your all there is a solid chance you will get an offer.
👩🏽💼 How will medicine interviews be different in 2021?
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 means many medicine interviews will be online this year but you can use this to your own advantage. Practice preparing for an interview online as this is what you should expect.
🤔 How should I structure my medicine interview question answers?
You should use this guide to write bullet point model answers and practice them in the mirror. A good tip is to record yourself speaking out loud and saying answers to these questions. The answers should have a clear structure – One common method is to use the STARR method.