Medical School Interview Courses overview
The medical school interview: it’s where you can make a lasting impression. It's also the deciding factor as to whether or not you begin your med school career. So, make sure you’re ready to ace the medical school interview with our full-day medical school interview preparation course, where we help you improve your interview techniques. Students who have attended our medical school interview course are being offered places at some of the top medical schools in the UK such as Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London and more.
Over the last 5 years, we have an incredible 98.5% success rate. 98.5% of the students who attend our Interview Courses and MMI Circuits have received an offer after their medical school interview. Follow in their footsteps and get into the medical school you want!
Our full-day medical interview courses are facilitated by both experienced medical doctors and senior medical students, who have the benefit of recent medical school interview experience. Additionally, 8 of our facilitators have sat or are currently on interview panels at medical schools around the UK.
In our full day medical school interview course, we coach you on how to approach all different types of questions and MMI stations. It's not lecture based - it’s a full-day practice where you are taught techniques, strategies, and how to structure your answers. It gives you real interview experience and helps you improve your abilities throughout the day.
What to expect
- Small class sizes: With a maximum of 12 students per class and 2 facilitators, the small group size and interactive nature mean our students get opportunities to practice all day delivering answers and receive individual feedback.
- Up-to-date information: The medical school interview course is updated each year, and thus the most up-to-date hot topics in healthcare that are relevant to your medical school interview will also be covered.
- All interview types: Each course is tailored to the group of 12 students of the day. We start by covering the marking schemes and question types at the medical school the students on that day are applying to and then delve into structure and practice for the rest of the day.
- MMI preparation: For the 2019/2020 season, we have improved our course structure so each student who attends can now practice a minimum of between 6 to 8 MMI stations during the course + a group task. During their timed practice, they will be videoed and be able to take the recording home of their practice and feedback, along with the marking schemes.
- theMSAG Workbook: You are also provided with theMSAG workbook on the day of your course which includes how to approach the most common interview questions.
- Included access to our Award-Winning Online Interview Course and NHS Hot Topics Series 1 (RRP £25): Before the course, you will be provided access to our award winning online interview course that features videos to help you prepare for answering questions on the course day.
|8:30 - 8:45||Registration|
|8:45 - 9:30||What are they looking? Explore the marking schemes & Interview style of where you are applying|
|9:30 - 10:30||Motivation questions - Practice & Coaching|
|10:30 - 11:00||How to structure you answers|
|11:00- 12:00||GMC duties of a doctor & NHS values - Practice & Coaching|
|12:00 - 12:45||Lunch|
|12:45 - 13:45||Ethics - Approaching scenarios & Practice|
|13:45 - 14:30||NHS Structure & Challenges - interactive teaching|
|14:30 - 15:00||NHS Hot topics discussion|
|15:00 - 15:15||Break|
|15:15 - 16:15||Role plays - Approach & Practice|
|16:15 - 17:15||Data, calculation, picture, article, video, task stations - Approach & Practice|
|17:15 - 17:45||Group Task|
|17:30 - 18:00||Feedback and wrap up|
Our courses can be quite oversubscribed, as such we try to make additional courses available in the same location. If there is an additional course, you’ll see it labelled as “Room 2” or “Room 3”. Each room is taught the same material and will have the same number of facilitators.
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Should I go for the full-day Medical School Interview Course or the half-day MMI Circuit Course?
Over 90% of our students attend both, the full day interview course and the half day MMI circuit. However, if for budget or logistics reason, you want to attend only one, we recommend strongly that you attend the full day interview course. The full day interview course has been designed to really prepare students for all MMI stations step by step, learning how to approach various types of questions/stations and having the opportunity to practice and get feedback on perfromance. It really is a full day of practice, combined with coaching on structure, approach and feedback throughout. The class size is maximum 12 and as we have 2 tutors on site all day, most of the practice is divided in even smaller groups of only 6 students with a tutor. This leaves plenty of opportunity for individual interaction.
Each student will do 6 to 8 MMI stations throughout the day as timed practice and receive feedback which is very valuable rigth after being taught how to appraoch questions. The practice and feedback is videoed for the student to take home and marking schemes will be available to take home as well. We have seen, year after year, that the full day course is where the students improve their skills the most. The full day course also comes with pre-course material that you get access to, including all the info you need to know on NHS, medical ethics etc. and multiple 10-minute videos teaching on the content.
The MMI circuit is probably best after you have done the course first or for students that already feel quite well prepared. The half day MMI circuit is really there to give students a realistic practice of an MMI circuit and most importantly, practice questions that are used by the medical or dental schools a student may be applying to. If you are applying to Manchester Medical School, then in the half day MMI circuit, you will get past Manchester questions etc. This is great for tailored practice before the real interviews but if a student attends the MMI circuit before having done enough interview preparation, they will not improve much by doing just an MMI circuit, hence the course is better to do first.
Are these courses for veterinary students?
We have had many veterinary students come over the years. For the interview course day, it is not designed for veterinary students but many have come and found it very helpful. Most of the course will be absolutely relevant and we have prepared tailored veterinary ethical scenarios, roles plays and other stations so that for vet applicants, we will use veterinary questions throughout for your practice.
You also have the option of attending our half day MMI circuit instead of the full day interview course if you prefer. In the half day MMI circuit, all the questions you will get will be past questions from veterinary medicine MMIs. However, in the same way that medical applicants benefit a lot from attending the full day course before attending the MMI, so that they can learn the approach to the different stations first, Veterinary students will benefit in the same way from the full day course.
If you have any doubt or want to discuss what may work best for you, get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are these courses for dental students?
Yes, our interview courses and MMI circuits are for both medical and dental students.
I can’t get to your course venue. Can I attend via video call?
Due to the nature of the course, you are not able to video-in. One of the best things about our course is that the whole day is interactive, involving moving around and group work. We are expanding the locations in which we provide courses. If you want a course near where you live, get in touch with us and we may be able to set it up with enough notice.
We also hav plenty of digital options to prepare remotely. Our Online Interview Course won the award of Best Digital Innovation in 2019 - use it from home and find out why it's so good. We also have our Interview Guidebook that looks in detail at 130 questions used in medical schools in last few years and was put together with the input of 8 interviewers from various medical schools. We are also able to teach through the same sessions as provided in the medical school interview preparation course via video tutoring. Also, remember to check our FREE blogs for interview advice you can read from anywhere!