Keele University medicine interview guide
Keele Medical school runs a 5 year MBChB course, with 150 medical students in each year. The first two years are based at the University campus but by the second year there lots of clinical experience. It has always ranked highly amongst UK medical schools, placing 6th in the 2018 Guardian League table.
1. About your Keele Medical School interview
Following analysis of the UKCAT and the roles and responsibilities form, promising applicants will be invited to interview. Keele Medical School recommends that all applicants familiarise themselves with the NHS constitution and the General Medical Council’s (GMC’s) Duties of a Doctor. It is evident that they wish for medical students to fully appreciate what is to be expected of them as both a medical student and subsequently as a doctor.
570 applicants are invited to interview and roughly 280 offers made, so your chances are about 2:1.
The interviews are in a multiple mini interview format, with a variety of different stations lasting 5 minutes each. The whole interview is expected to last an hour and fifteen minutes, with eleven stations and one five minute rest. There is also a half hour numeracy skills assessment either before or after your MMI. The qualities being assessed during the interview are:
2. About the course
The course aims to give medical students the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be a doctor. It follows the close requirements set by the GMC. There is a strong emphasis on feedback. Medical students get very early clinical experience, in both primary and secondary care.
The course is composed of a number of modules, which usually involve a self-contained unit of study. The modules are either compulsory, optional, or elective. The course is split into phases:
- Phase 1 - Overview and early clinical experience
- Year 1 - Health and disease, the body’s defence, emergencies, life-course, brain and mind, pregnancy, lifestyle and a student selected component (SSC).
- Year 2 - Students cover behavioural, social science, pathology, mechanisms of disease, inputs and outputs, movement and trauma, circulation, breath of life, integrated systems and student selected component.
- Phase 2 - Immersion in clinical placements
- Year 3 - integrated units in elderly care, mental health, paediatrics, general practice, medicine, surgery and an SSC.
- Year 4 - medicine, surgery, women’s health, mental health, paediatrics, neurology, musculoskeletal, general practice and an SSC.
- Phase 3 - Extensive student assistantships.
- Preparation for professional practice, GP assistantship, acute, critical care (emergency medicine, intensive care unit and anaesthesia), medicine student assistantship, surgical assistantship, distant elective and preparation for professional practice.
Teaching is through clinical experience, integrated communication and clinical skills, practical sessions, dissection, problem-based-learning (PBL), lectures and seminars.
A new Anatomy Skills Facility was built in 2013, containing the dissecting room, surgical training suite and a wet lab. Anatomy is taught through full body cadaveric dissection, as well as learning from videos and touchscreen computers.
Clinical experience takes place at a range of hospitals, GP surgeries and community-based organisations across Staffordshire and Shropshire . In the first phase, students undergo half-day placements in primary and secondary care and support groups in the local community. The aim is to ease a student’s transition into the clinical environment. In phase 2, students are encouraged to begin applying their scientific knowledge to clinical practice.
Intercalation and elective opportunities
Intercalation is normally after year two or four, as a BSc degree. However, students can also choose to intercalate in a masters subject at the end of year 4. Students are encouraged to intercalate in a medicine-related subject to acquire a better understanding of biomedical sciences, medical humanities and research methodologies, public scientific papers and present at conferences. The intercalation can be in subjects from biomedical engineering to medical ethics and palliative care.
3. theMSAG tips for success
With regards to the numeracy assessment, we recommend practising some calculations involving drug doses, body mass index (BMI), concentrations and some statistical tests. This is especially important if you have not studied maths since your GCSEs, as you inevitably will have forgotten some of the basics.
You can read more about numeracy assessments in our medical school interview book. It is a pass or fail test so performing well on the other stations will not help you. There are also some sample questions with answers provided by the University to guide students.
Learn about GMC duties of a doctor
Keele School of Medicine is big on developing medical students into successful doctors. Go over the duties of a doctor publication the general medical council, and think of examples of when you have demonstrated those skills. Also consider the advantages and disadvantages of being a doctor and reflect on what you have learnt from your work experience.
Consider your response to key ethical issues
One of the qualities that Keele's look for at interview is ethical awareness. We would therefore recommend reading around some common ethical issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, organ donation and breaking confidentiality. Make sure you are also familiar with with the 4 ethical pillars and feel comfortable using them as part of your argument.
We hope that this post has been useful in your interview preparation. Don't hesitate to ask us any questions at email@example.com. Good luck with your interview!
More information on medical school interviews:
- Cambridge Medicine interview preparation
- King's College London medicine interview guide
- Imperial Medical School interview guide
- Oxford Medical School interview guide