Last week we set up a practice interview session for our students who are applying to do medicine next year. At Long Road we have a dedicated and bespoke programme of activities to support our aspiring medical students over the two years they are with us, which this year has included input from Zhu Xuan, a second year medical student at Cambridge University. Zhu Xuan made the students really think about reasons for doing medicine, and the stresses and strains that doctors deal with on a daily basis.
Organiser of the event Paul Andrew, Biology Course Team Leader, explained that “Medical school interviews are incredibly daunting and stressful, so we wanted to help our current cohort of students as much as possible. As such we put together a team of 12 staff, including the Principal, Yolanda Botham, and most of the Senior Managers in the college, to recreate the pressurised atmosphere of medical school interviews. Most universities use a format called Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), so the students had to visit seven different stations, each lasting just five minutes, and then respond effectively to the searching questions posed by our Senior Leaders”.
Jullienne Badilla noted that “Having the MMI practice really helped me to be more prepared and confident for my interviews. I really want to thank all of the staff members who gave up their time to participate in this with us.”
Sabrina Mitchell said “The MMIs were really useful in preparing me for my first interview at Plymouth University Medical School in January. I really appreciate all the help from the staff.”
Finally Noah Reyes told us “I would just like to say firstly thank you very much for putting it all together it was unbelievably helpful. Getting to know what all the stations would be like with this first hand experience was very useful. Learning what it is like when you are under the timer in a simulated experience really let me get an idea of what the actual MMI would really be like. I did find as I went round I slowly got better at each station which was reflected in my scores as well. I can not thank you enough.”