Hull York Medical School - Before & During The Interview
Before The Interview
Getting to Hull or York is very easy, and most trains and coaches go to both cities at all times. They are in the middle of England, so those living in Scotland will have a similar travel time to those coming from the south.
For those with early interviews, it might be useful to use a B&B or an Airbnb (both of which are quite cheap) to stay in the night before.
Interviews start at 9am, so this is the earliest time you could be offered, and last two hours. The last interviews end in the early evening, and all interviews are about two hours long with a 40-50 minute debrief following this. Dress formally, but do not wear anything too divisive.
During The Interview
When it comes to actors, the task is nearly always breaking bad news to them. You will not be asked to play a character other than yourself, and the scenario will not necessarily be medical. No medical knowledge will be needed and they will not be testing you on your medical knowledge in this task. The scenario with the actor could be a number of tasks, but focuses on certain principles:
- How you break and explain bad news
- How well you show empathy, and help calm down a person
- How you answer questions from a patient you may not know the answer to
You will receive a brief about what you are explaining to the patient before the task, and then you will walk into the scenario. This section of the HYMS interview is quite similar to other interviews; try to be relaxed and behave as you would in a real life situation.
The short semi-structured interview is also a more conventional part of the interview process. You will be faced with two 10-minute interviews, and in each interview you will be asked two questions. You will talk about and around each question for five minutes in the interview before you move on to another question. The questions can be about a range of different topics, but are not designed to catch you out and you will always have something to answer with. The questions cover:
- One or two of the questions will be about you as the applicant yourself. The interviewer may ask you something such as what is your motivation for medicine or what you will look forward to most when you become a doctor. Most students have a prepared memorised answer for these, so try not to sound too monotonous or like a robot when answering them! They will probe you further and ask you to expand on your reasons.
- One of the questions will be about your knowledge of the NHS, or healthcare in the country. This question may refer to current affairs, such as coronavirus, Brexit or junior doctor strikes, to the state of Mental healthcare in the NHS. You will be asked about how people in society may affect this problem/factor and what is going on with the situation at the current moment. Although this question seems very broad, interviewers will be more than happy to subtly guide you through the questions so you have something to talk about.
Before you walk into the two interviews, you will have one minute to read a short brief in front of the door which will tell you what your first question you will be asked is about. This may seem rather artificial, but is very helpful, as it gives you time to think of what to say, so you can be more prepared!
The group scenario is what most students are most nervous for. However, this is definitely the most relaxing part of the process. You will be able to have a constructive conversation with your seven fellow interviewees on a topical question to do with the NHS/healthcare in a PBL format. All eyes will not be on you for the duration of the period, and because other people are speaking, you will have more time to formulate something to say. You will be seated around a table with a PBL tutor at the head and a medical student scribe on one side of the room making a mind map out of the things you say.
If you feel you are not saying enough, pick up on someone's point from earlier and respond to it or suggest a new point. Your tutor will help ask thought provoking questions to get you to think more about different aspects of the brief throughout the task. It will not be a test of your medical knowledge, so you don’t need to try to impress everyone with any medical jargon you may know!
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