St George's Medicine Interview

by Dewanshi Maniar January 03, 2023 5 min read

2023 St. George's Medicine Interviews

Format

The St. George's medical school interview is an in-person multiple mini interview (MMI) with 6 stations, each 4 minutes with 1 min rest. If you live overseas you may have a remote MMI (RMMI).

Dates

Medicine interviews took place November to December 2022. 2023 slots have been released. Graduate Medicine interviews will occur on the week of 13th February 2023. Decisions will follow in 2-3 months.

Questions

The MMI stations will include a role play, a practical task, a challenging situation or answering a question.

What Interview Questions to Expect

You will be expected to have knowledge of current issues affecting the profession and NHS such as those seen in the media. The interviewer is not looking for a specific answer but rather how you are thinking broadly and your opinions. You can even change your mind during your answer if you feel it will help answer the question better. This is accepted as it shows you are considering the question properly.

You will be assessed on your qualities such as communication skills, empathy and respect. Ensure you read the question carefully. Don't solely focused on doing just the task given, but ensure you are able to demonstrate the NHS values in your answer. Examples of questions include breaking bad news, explaining a concept or gathering information, each of which are important as a healthcare professional and doctor.

You may be asked questions about your work experience or suitability to the medical profession. This is where you will be assessed on your skills and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the profession. Be prepared to give examples of skills from your commitments and volunteering, as well as reflecting on what you learnt about the profession during your work experience. Skills and qualities to think about include teamwork, communication, leadership skills and NHS values.

You will be assessed on your knowledge of either past or current, which can included breakthroughs in treatment, history of vaccinations and further developments. Reading about St. George's involvement in research, latest research on the news and your views on this are important to think about. Research is crucial in the development of medicine and hence important to keep up to date with it throughout your medical training and beyond.

St. George's Scoring System

Each station is scored separately and independently. Applicants are ranked using MMI and SJT scores. UCAT may be used to rank a post-interview waiting list. You will not be assessed on what you wear.

St. George's aims to inform you of the interview outcome within 8 - 12 weeks of your interview. This can be anytime between November 2022 and May 2023.

How to answer "Why do you want to study Medicine at St George's University?" in an interview

To give a concise and comprehensive answer to this question at your interview, there are three essential elements your answer needs to have :

    1. Specific knowledge about the school, programme, place
    2. Why the elements you mentioned are attractive to you
    3. Evidence that you have made an effort to research the school and programme

Point 2 and 3 above are essential to deliver a strong answer that is personal to you. In this section, we will help you brainstorm point 1 to help you get started in preparing your answer.

What is unique about the course at St George's?

The St. George's MBBS Medicine A100 programme is a 5-year course. The curriculum is focused on basic clinical science knowledge, strong focus on patient care in early years and increasing clinical exposure as the course progresses. During the early years there is also early patient contact in hospital and GP, anatomy, case based learning, professional, clinical and communication skills. This progresses to problem based learning from year 3 when the 4-year graduate course combines after one year.

What is unique about St George's and its Medical School?

St. George's is the only university in the UK to share a campus with a teaching hospital - which is a major trauma centre and is where TV series "24 hours in A&E" is filmed. George's was ranked number 1 for graduate prospects by the Complete University Guide. There are a range of extra-curricular opportunities such as various medical, faith, sports and arts societies.

Why else would people choose St George's Medical School?

St. George's is a small university of nearly 5000 students, which means that you get to meet and know people from different courses and diverse backgrounds. It is based in Tooting Broadway where there is Tooting Market and lots of restaurants to explore, as well as close proximity to central London by tube.

St George's Interview Experiences

"There were 6 minutes per station and 2 minutes between each question. The style was conversational with follow up questions. I could not speak for more than 3 or 4 minutes without interruption."

Medicine Interviewee, 11th Feb 2022

"There were 2 interviewers per station: A student and healthcare worker. The student seemed focused on timing & the healthcare worker asked questions. They were smiling and friendly."

Medicine Interviewee, 11th Feb 2022

"I found the calculation to do in a roleplay difficult and unexpected as I had already done the calculation test. I struggled to note all the numbers I needed to complete it."

Medicine Interviewee, 11th Feb 2022

Our Top St. George's Interview Tips


St George's Interview Tip #1

Know the area

Make sure you explore or visit Tooting so that you can see and give examples of the vibrant culture it has to offer. Knowing where placements can span to such as Surrey and Croydon is important as each hospital will offer it's own set of expertise. Also ensure you have explored the University Hospital as you will be able to see how they are closely they are connected.


St. George's Interview Tip #2

Networking

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Make sure you look at the societies, shows and competitions that St. George's has and its successes. There are lots of things to talk about and it would be unique to talk about this extra research. In addition, I would advise speaking to current medical students at the university either in person during an open day or via society social media or the university's online Unibuddy chat. This will show initiative and add depth to your answers.


Dewanshi is a 2nd year medical student at St. George's University of London and graduate in Neuroscience BSc. from University of Leicester.