Medical School Interview · Jan. 31, 2019
Birmingham Medical School Interview Guide
Studying medicine at the University of Birmingham will offer you a first-class opportunity to develop the necessary skills to become a healthcare professional in the country’s largest healthcare region with the help of state-of-the-art facilities. If you are interested in the programme and plan to apply to a Birmingham medicine interview, we have compiled some important information regarding the process and gathered our best tips on how to successfully prepare for the task.
1. About your Birmingham Medicine interview
The Birmingham medical school interview is in the format of multiple mini interviews (MMI), composed of 7 stations and each lasting 6 minutes. The stations will evaluate the following skills and abilities:
- Motivation for medicine
- Communication skills
- Ethical reasoning
- Data interpretation
- Ability to evaluate information
The interview aims to assess your suitability for the medical profession outside of your academic performance and adheres to the values set out by the NHS, which include respect, compassion, resilience and commitment to quality of care.
You will have 2 minutes to prepare for each station and will be examined by one assessor at each station. Interviews start the end of November and go on till the end of February and approximately 1200 students are invited for an interview.
2. About the course
During your first and second years of the course, you will be largely taught the structure and function of the human body in appropriately structured modules, complementing this with knowledge of how each system is affected by disease and how those are treated and managed. In your third year, you will further develop your clinical and communication skills and build up-on your knowledge of common pathologies and their diagnosis and treatment. In your final two years, you will begin with your clinical attachments, which are meant to give you detailed experience in the various medical and surgical specialties and will help consolidate the accumulated knowledge so far, preparing you for your career as a foundation doctor.
By studying at Birmingham medical school, you will get early clinical exposure, with ten days a year in your first two years spent in the community with GPs and patients.
In year 3, you will be based in a Teaching Hospital Trust, where you will practice taking clinical history and examining patients, as well as work on your clinical skills. As previously discussed, years 4 and 5 are when clinical placements begin, and those include General Practice, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cardiology, Neurology, ENT, Psychiatry, Oncology, among others.
Anatomy is generally taught in small group sessions and includes a substantial experience of prosection. Birmingham medical school also makes use of anatomage tables in its anatomy teachings to aid students in their learning.
3. TheMSAG tips to prepare for this style of interview
Keep current with medical issues in the news and media
Recall examples of empathy and compassion
Demonstrate self-insight and motivation for the career
4. Interview advice from a Birmingham Medical Student
Get further practice and join our MMI Circuits
We hope you found this information useful when preparing for your Birmingham medical school interview. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions at hello@theMSAG.com. Good luck at your interview!
Disclaimer: This blog post was written and checked with the Birmingham medical school website in the 3rd week of January. Please note that the information below may change and you are advised to confirm before applying or attending your interview.
Miss Giulia Bankov
Giulia is a graduate medical student at the University of Glasgow. She previously studied Neuroscience at King's College London and completed her Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Amsterdam