Medical School Interview · Jan. 12, 2019
Bristol Medicine Interview Guide
Bristol medical school is a leading UK institution, which places great value on multi-disciplinary work, dedicated to the education of leading world-class clinicians and scientists. If you are interested in applying to Bristol medical schooland would like more information on the structure of the course, as well as their expectations of you at the interview, continue reading below.
1. About your Bristol Medical School interview
The medicine interview at Bristol is in the multiple mini interviews or MMI format. There are 7 MMI stations that each take 6 minutes and the entire interview will take about 60 minutes to complete. Applicants need to be available from December to April, immediately following submission of their application.
While there is no further information being given out on the official medical school website regarding the types of questions that you should be ready for, you can have a look at our Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) circuit, which can help prepare you to tackle any MMI-style interview.
2. About the course
The curriculum at Bristol medical school spans across five years. In year 1, you will be exploring the concepts of health and wellbeing from multiple perspectives in the form of systems-based teaching blocks. In year 2, you start to explore disease processes and are able to come up with differential diagnoses for common symptoms, while being taught in the format of case-based learning. In later years, you start working in a hospital and primary care, where you meet patients and learn how to manage common conditions. Finally, in year 5, you start preparing for your Foundation programme by working alongside a clinical team and learning how to make decisions and provide effective care.
Bristol medical school offers early clinical experience to its students, which includes experience in hospital, community and primary care settings. In year 3, you begin the “academy-based teaching” phase of your training, in which you will be placed in community and in hospital, focusing on adult general medicine and surgery, learning about both acute and chronic conditions, facilitated through case scenarios. You will continue your clinical experience in later years during specialist blocks and self-selected components.
The anatomy teaching at Bristol medical school is in the form of cadaveric prosection. If you’re interested in other medical schools and the type of anatomy teaching they offer, be sure to check out our blog post Teaching anatomy - which medical schools do full body dissection.
3. theMSAG tips to prepare for this style of interview
Know your personal statement inside out
Be open about your personal learning preferences
Show understanding of the integrative nature of the course
4. Interview advice from a Bristol medical student
Get further practice and join our MMI Circuits
We hope you found this information useful when preparing for your Bristol 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 Bristol medical school website in the 3rd week of December. 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