Course curriculum

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    Chapter 1: Structure of the 2020 medical interviews

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    Chapter 2: Essential Background information

    • Introduction to chapter 2

    • Key medical advancements through the ages

    • Life before the NHS

    • Structure of the NHS

    • Understanding the delivery of healthcare

    • The governing organisations you need to know about

    • Key Case 1: Harold Shipman

    • Key Case 2: The MMR vaccine and autism

    • Key Case 3: The Francis enquiry

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    Chapter 3: Key ethical principles

    • Introduction to medical ethics

    • Patient autonomy

    • Beneficence and non-maleficence

    • Informed consent

    • Competence and medical capacity (adults over 16)

    • Competence and medical capacity (children below 16)

    • Patient confidentiality

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    Chapter 4: Interview questions on medical ethics

    • Should patients be able to make choices about what is in their best interest?

    • A 14 year old patient comes to your clinic asking for a termination of pregnancy, what do you do?

    • A young woman presents with severe symptoms of multiple sclerosis despite trying all conventional treatments. A new drug is available but treatment costs 12X more than conventional treatment and can even worsen symptoms in some patients. What do you do?

    • An elderly gentleman presents has had a recent stroke and is refusing to take blood thinning medication, which is used to prevent a further stroke. His wife brings him into clinic and asks you to “make him see some sense”. What are the main issues?

    • You are looking after a HIV patient who refuses to disclose his diagnosis to his wife, another one of your patients. What do you do?

    • Your colleague who is feeling down asks you if you can prescribe him some anti-depressants. What do you do?

    • A long distance lorry driver with insulin dependent diabetes is asked to stop driving due to poor disease control. He is the sole breadwinner for his wife and two children. What are the main issues you see here?

    • Would you let a Jehovah’s witness die because of their refusal to accept a blood transfusion?

    • A father attends A&E with a child who is bleeding and needs a blood transfusion. The father is refusing adamantly and is stopping you from having a blood transfusion. What do you do?

    • Should the NHS provide three single vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella, as opposed to the MMR vaccine?

    • A Jehovah’s witness comes to A&E unconscious, bleeding profusely and needing a blood transfusion. What do you do?

    • You have one liver available for transplant and you have to decide between two patients: an 8-year-old with a congenital liver problem or a 35-year-old ex-alcoholic mother of two. How do you go about deciding?

    • An obese patient is demanding a total knee replacement (TKR), that is due to fail due to the patient’s obesity. The patient keeps coming to your clinic requesting the same. What do you do?

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    Chapter 5: Motivation to study medicine

    • Why do you want to study medicine?

    • Why not nursing or dentistry or any other allied health professional?

    • What steps have you taken to find out whether medicine is the right career for you?

    • What work experience have you done to learn more about medicine?

    • Tell us about your gap year

    • What would you do If you did not succeed at getting into medical school this year?

    • Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years’ time

    • If you had to pick one specialty that you want to pursue, what would it be?

    • What are your main career goals as a doctor/ What do you aspire to achieve in your medical career?

    • What, in your opinion, are the positives and negatives of a career in medicine?

    • What are you looking forward to the most and the least about becoming a doctor?

    • Medicine has a relatively high burnout and dropout rate, why may this be?

    • How has medicine developing in the last 100 years?

    • What challenges do you think you will encounter during your time as a medical student and/or a doctor?

    • What do doctors do apart from treating patients?

    • What is the definition of holistic medicine?

    • How important is information technology in medicine?

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    Chapter 6: Questions specific to this medical school or University?

    • Why do you wish to study at this specific medical school?

    • What are you most and/ or least interested about in our medical school/ University?

    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of problem based learning?

    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of lecture-based learning?

    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of integrated learning?

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    Chapter 7: Interpersonal skills and introspection

    • Introduction

    • How would you rate your communication skills?

    • Would you describe yourself to be empathetic?

    • Can you think of a situation where your communication/leadership/teamworking skills made a difference to the outcome of the situation?

    • What makes you a good team player?

    • Describe a situation where you were an effective team player/communicator/leader?

    • What makes someone a good team leader?

    • Tell me about your leadership skills/teamworking skills

    • What makes a good team?

    • Would you say you are more of a leader or a follower?

    • Give us an example of a situation when you had to change your opinion on a situation

    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in a team?

    • How have your hobbies contributed to your studies and/or your career choice?

    • Why do you think your personality is suited to medicine?

    • Why should we offer you a place at medical school/what makes you the best candidate?

    • What skills have you developed in your extra-curricular activities/volunteering experience/work-experience?

    • Would you say you work better independently or as part of a team?

    • What is your main weakness?

    • Tell us about someone who has had a major influence on you as a person

    • What are the qualities of a good teacher?

    • What is your greatest achievement/what are you most proud of?

    • How do you cope with criticism?

    • How do you cope with conflict?

    • One of your fellow students is regularly missing University and stays in their room for most of the day. How would you deal with this situation?

    • What makes you angry?

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    Chapter 8: Interview tips for specific Universities

    • University of East Anglia

    • University of Birmingham

    • University of Exeter

    • Newcastle University

    • University Of Leeds

    • University of Aberdeen

    • Anglia Ruskin University

    • Aston University

    • Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

    • Brighton and Sussex Medical School

    • University of Bristol Medical School

    • University of Buckingham

    • University of Cambridge

    • Cardiff University

    • University of Dundee

    • Edge Hill University

    • University of Edinburgh

    • University of Glasgow

    • Hull York Medical School

    • Imperial College London

    • Keele University

    • Kent and Medway

    • King's College London

    • Lancaster University

    • University of Liverpool

    • University of Leicester

    • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    • University of Manchester

    • University of Nottingham

    • University of Oxford

    • Peninsula University Medical School

    • Queen's University Belfast

    • University of Sheffield

    • St.George's University of London

    • University of Sunderland

    • Swansea University

    • University of Central Lancashire

    • University College London

    • University of Warwick

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    Mock Interview 1

    • Introduction to the Doctalk mock interviews

    • Station 1 (≈20 min.)

    • Station 2 (≈20 min.)

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    Mock Interview 2

    • Introduction to the Doctalk Mock Interviews

    • Station 1 (≈20 min.)

    • Station 2 (≈20 min.)

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    Mock interview 3

    • Introduction to the Doctalk Mock Interviews

    • Station 1 (≈20 min.)

    • Station 2 (≈20 min.)

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    Mock Interview 4

    • Introduction to the Doctalk Mock Interviews

    • Station 1 (≈20 min.)

    • Station 2 (≈20 min.)

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    Medical Interview Flashcard generator