Medical School Interview · Dec. 24, 2018
Liverpool Medical School Interview Guide
The University of Liverpool School of medicine is one of the largest in the country. It accepts 280 students onto its five-year MBChB programme each year.The foundations of the medical school were established in 1834. It has since grown dramatically, being fully incorporated into the University of Liverpool in 1903.
1. About your Liverpool Medicine interview
The school of medicine conducts interviews in a multiple mini interview (MMI) format when assessing applications to the MBChB programme. Applicants are invited to interview following assessment of their academic performance and UKCAT score. The personal statement isn’t assessed until the interview. The multiple mini-interview consists of seven six-minute stations, with a minute of rest between each station. Core themes involve:
- Communication - a crucial skill for a doctor to have, this station will test how the applicant interacts with other people. This could be a simple conversation about personal statement, why medicine etc, or it could be a role-play scenario. Practice discussing key parts of your personal statement with your peers and do mock interviews covering common medical school interview questions.
- Team-working - as the interview is not in small groups, you may have to give evidence of when you’ve been a team player. This may additionally involve examples of good leadership. Try to have some examples that aren’t on your personal statement as a back up.
- Ethics - two six-minute stations. In the first station, applicants are presented with an ethical scenario and must make notes on it. At the following station, they will discuss it with the interviewer.
- Learning from work experience/ contribution - ensure you have considered your work experience and what you learnt before the interview. Think about the clinical skills and procedures you saw, and how this correlates to science you already know.
- Numeracy - a simple numerical problem-solving question, with the option of using a calculator. As a doctor, numerical skills are important, for example when working out drug dosages.
Bear in mind that when scoring your interview, you will be rated as poor, satisfactory, very good or excellent. Descriptors will be next to each word to aid the decision. This is then converted into a score, upon which interviewees are ranked and offers given out in order of this ranking. It is important to note that stations are marked independently. Your interviewers will not know if you repeat the same example on multiple stations.
2. About the course
The MBChB programme aims to:
- Provide graduates with the knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes to practice medicine safely and ethically. They also aim to prepare medical students for a career in academic medicine.
- Ensure graduates meet the professional requirements laid out by the General Medical Council (GMC).
- Promote graduates to be lifelong learners.
There is an emphasis on early clinical contact and application of science, in order to prepare students for the workplace.
The first two years focus on educating medical students in basic and clinical science, using an integrated systems-based approach. Students are encouraged to develop their communication skills through short clinical placement weeks.
Year three and four are much more clinically-oriented, with the teaching of clinical skills and opportunities to interact with patients. In addition to placements, students have teaching weeks at the University of Liverpool and clinician-led small group teaching.
In the fifth and final year, medical students are prepared for life as a doctor. This involves intense clinical experience in hospitals and the community.
Intercalation and elective opportunities
3. theMSAG tips to prepare for your interview
Consider why you want to go to Liverpool?
Practice your mental maths
Think about how you'll respond to ethical scenarios
Practice questions and learn to control your nerves
Get further practice and join our MMI Circuits
We hope that you have found these Liverpool medicine interview tips useful! As always, don't hesitate to contact us at hello@theMSAG.com.
Disclaimer: The information used for this blog post has been found on the University of Liverpool website and a freedom of information request. These were accessed during the 2nd week of December 2019. Please note that the course and interview structure is subject to change, and you are advised to confirm before attending.
Miss Pippa Morris
Pippa is a third year medical student at the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Oncology Society and the vice president of Caius Medical Society She is also a tutor for science, maths, and medical school entrance exams. She writes blogs and is a BMAT Tutor for theMSAG.