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More about this student
Ethnicity: White British
I went to a grammar or selective state school.
Course: Standard Undergraduate
In person MMI interview
Admissions Tests: UCAT
Top tip: Practice as much as you can to make the interview process less daunting!
Before I made my application…
When did you decide you wanted to apply for medical school?
Around GCSE time.
How did you choose what medical schools to apply to?
I chose strategically based on my UCAT score and predicted grades and also the places that taught in the way that appealed to me and the places that looked the best on open days.
What types of work experience did you do?
Hospital shadowing, Care work (e.g. in residential care), Other healthcare setting e.g pharmacy, physiotherapy
How much work experience did you do?
I only spent 2 days in hospital but I had a Saturday job at a chemist and volunteered weekly at a dementia day care centre.
How did you find your work experience opportunities?
Through asking someone I knew to take me on
During the application process…
What admissions test did you sit?
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT): https://www.ucat.ac.uk/
How did you prepare for your admissions test?
I used Medify for a couple of months before the UCAT.
What type of interview did you do?
Multiple Mini Interview:This type of interview usually includes several short interviews or ‘stations’ which may involve different types of questions and scenarios. This is different compared to a panel interview, which may cover the same scenarios/types of questions but be a more ‘traditional’ sit-down interview.
How did you prepare for your interview?
Read up on GMC outcomes for graduates, researched online about the NHS, looked at the uni website, advice from doctors my parents knew.
What happened in your interview?
Sheffield sent the questions of the interview 3 weeks prior to the interview which was very helpful and took away some of the stress of the interview process. There were questions based around the NHS and motivations for applying.
Clinical work experience: Not every student will complete clinical work experience before they apply to medical school. Don’t worry, this is not required to be able to apply. You can use non-clinical work experience (e.g. a caring role, like in a care home) or even reflect on paid work you’ve done (e.g. in customer service) in a productive way. See our guide to this here:
Medify: Medify is a popular website which provides resources for helping you prepare your medicine application. Medify has some free resources online but some are paid-for. There are good, free alternatives for preparation available online, so check out our subject guides and the university websites for details.
Insiders: Don’t worry if you don’t know people like this. Most students don’t have friends who have already been through the process or healthcare professionals that they know who might be able to support them. You can meet current medical students to speak to at open days, or via free mentoring schemes, but it’s not a requirement for you to be successful.
Paid-for resources: Some students choose to pay for courses either online or in person to help them prepare for admissions tests and interviews. There is no evidence that they give you an advantage. There are good, free alternatives for preparation for admissions tests and interviews, and some offer bursaries and discounts to students who come from low income families. Check out our guides and uni websites for more details.
GMC Guidelines for Good Medical Practice: These guidelines describe what it means to be a good doctor. These can help guide you during your preparation for your application and how you answer questions in interviews. GMC Good Practice