Medical School Interview · Jan. 27, 2018
UK Medical Shows to Help in Medical School Interviews
Taking time out to watch a little telly is one of the nation’s favourite ways to decompress. In the run-up to your medicine interview, you may feel that this is a luxury that you don’t have time for. Everything you’ve learnt about good time management over the years has told you that when something’s got to go it’s time spent watching TV.
Admissions experts will tell you that this is a big mistake. These shows can be beneficial in every type of interview. Medical school admissions at King’s College London asked in my interview whether I watched any medical dramas and what my opinion of them was.
Showing an interest in medical TV programmes is a simple way of demonstrating your interest in the medical profession. So what’s out there and how can it help you?
1. Medical reality TV shows
Medical reality TV shows
What to look for when watching medicine reality TV shows
2. Junior doctor programmes
3. Medical documentaries
- “Tell me about an interesting new scientific development you are aware of”
- “What do you think is the most significant medical breakthrough that has been made in the last 100 years?.”
4. Medical news
How to answer questions based on the news
- Be aware of the situation
- Have an opinion on it
- Be prepared to talk about it in a structured manner
Types of news related questions
- Rationing of funds in the NHS
- Cases that raise ethical dilemmas, such as the Charlie Gard case
- Individual doctors behaving inappropriately or underperforming hospital departments
5. Medical dramas
What medical dramas can teach you
- How to handle ethical dilemmas
- They demonstrate how good doctors should behave in these situations
- Medical jargon used by medics
- General knowledge about common medical conditions
UK medical dramas
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Dr Deshani Shanmugalingam
Dr Deshani Shanmugalingam is a GP doctor, who has written content for theMSAG's blog. She obtained her medical degree at King’s College London. She was previously Educational Lead for the South West Thames Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners.