Medical School Interview · Nov. 29, 2018
Imperial Medical School Interview Guide
Imperial College London is a world top ten university, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Their school of medicine is one of the largest in Europe, with medical campuses across north-west London and partnerships with a wide range of NHS Trusts, hospitals and clinics. Therefore, it is no surprise admissions for medicine at Imperial is highly competitive. They receive over 2400 applications, they interview about 850 candidates and make approximately 600 offers. So the main question is, how do you prepare for it? What do you need to know?
Here to answer all your questions, this is your simple guide to the Imperial Medical School interview!
1. About your Imperial medicine interview
- Motivation and a realistic approach to medicine as a career
- Capacity to deal with stressful situations
- Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
- Ability to work as a leader and a team member
- Ability to multitask
- Likely contribution to university life at Imperial
- Communication skills and maturity of character
2. About your course
The course overview
The course structure
- Years 1 and 2: Focus on the scientific basis of medicine and the foundations of clinical practice, including early clinical experience. Teaching is delivered through a range of lectures, tutorials and problem-based learning sessions.
- Year 3: Three 10-week hospital attachments covering General Medicine and Surgery, complemented by a central teaching programme and e-learning.
- Year 4: enables students to gain a Medical Sciences BSc. Medical students undertake a series of modules and a supervised research project. This gives students the chance to develop their scientific knowledge and research skills.
- Year 5: A dedicated Pathology course followed by a year of clinical specialities in rotation, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, General Practice and Paediatrics.
- Year 6: A range of clinical placements and lecture courses designed to prepare you for your first job as a doctor and a student-selected specialist study module.
3. theMSAG tips to prepare for this style of interview
It might sound very simple and obvious, but make sure you are enthusiastic at your interview. When overwhelmed with nerves, many candidates may be timid and even forget to smile.
However, it is important to remember that, in a panel interview, you are having a concentration with the interviewer; therefore, your interaction and engagement with them will help to facilitate a good rapport. Medicine is a long journey and interviewers will want to see that you are passion behind wanting to pursue it. So, make sure you show this enthusiasm through your answers and smile – they are just humans after all!
Practice practice practice!
4. Interview advice from a current Imperial medical student
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We hope that this post has been useful in your interview preparation. Don't hesitate to send us any questions or comments by email at hello@theMSAG.com. Good luck for your interview!
Disclaimer: All the information below was verified via the university website in the last week of November 2018 and predominately relates to the undergraduate courses. Please note that the course structure and interview style is subject to change, and you are advised to confirm before applying.
Miss Shivani Sharma
Shivani is a Medical Student at Imperial College London where she has been on the interview panel and is involved in many outreach programmes. She won the Peter Medawar Prize awarded by Imperial NHS Trust. She is a Content Writer and Script Reviewing for theMSAG.