December 14, 2016
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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You can’t plan for every eventuality, but there are definitely some questions bound to come up in your medical school interview. Whatever college you are looking to attend, the admissions panel will want to know what drives you to want to study medicine, and whether you’ve had any previous experience. Here are five questions we’re sure will crop up.
This is a no brainer – and probably the first question you’ll be asked. Take some time to think about this before the day of your interview. When did you realise you’d like to study medicine? Did anything in particular inspire you? Stick to the facts rather than lots of emotion, and show the panel the qualities you possess that will make you a great medical professional.
And no, the fact your best friend is going is not a good enough reason! Do some research before you go along – figure out what you like about the course structure, the content you can study and the opportunities for further training and development. If you have any questions, make sure you ask them.
This is an important question which shows the interviewers that you have a clear idea of what being a doctor entails. They want to see that you understand the challenges or repetitive parts of the medical industry and are prepared for these aspects of the role as much as you want to save lives. If you are asked to describe the role of a physician, make sure you don’t spare those details!
Another way that colleges like to ascertain whether you are right for the course is by asking about your work experience. This is not because they want you to have any theoretical knowledge (that’s what you’re coming to college for) but because seeing what medical professionals deal with day to day is hands down the best way to understand the realities of the role.
This is usually your last question, and although you’re desperate for the whole ordeal to be over, make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to clear up any confusions or worries about any part of your college application. If you want to know about the training opportunities, student support or any other aspect of your degree, don’t be shy – ask away.
If you prepare for the obvious questions, you’ll be able to tackle any surprise ones with ease. Good luck!