First year Medicine student Elisha shares her experiences of having a Multiple Mini Interview at Hull York Medical School, and her tips for the day.
"When I received my interview invitation I was excited – I really enjoyed the open days and knew that I wanted to study at Hull York Medical School. I remember a friend receiving their invitation before me, and I was waiting anxiously for about a week more before I heard anything, so there was a sense of relief when I found out I had been accepted for interview.
"To begin with I was quite relaxed – in the run up to the interview I had a lot of support from my sixth form and tried to keep up with healthcare-related news. As the interview day drew closer I started to get a bit more nervous and worried that I hadn’t done enough preparation, but I found that practising questions with my friends and family helped me feel more confident before the interview.
"I remember waking up and feeling quite calm. I knew I had to relax and be myself, so I tried not to worry too much as I got ready to leave for the interview. On the way there I became more anxious as I was trying to read up on any relevant news headlines from that morning and thinking about what the interview would be like – I think this was because it was my first interview and I really didn’t know what to expect.
"As I talked to some of the student ambassadors and other interviewees I started to feel more relaxed. I realised that everyone felt the same and it was nice to talk to first year students who had been through the same experience only one year ago. Listening to them talk about their studies and university experience so far reminded me of why I was there, and by the time I was taking part in the interviews I was excited more than anything.
In the individual interviews I found I gained confidence as I talked. The interviewers were interested in what I had to say and encouraged me to think about my answers from different perspectives. I ended up walking out of the interview more confident than when I went in.
"I really enjoyed the PBL session as I was able to discuss my ideas with other students and I liked working as a team to come up with ideas about the case we were given.
"My favourite part of the interviews was the individual interviews where we had a few minutes to think about a question before we went in – I liked the challenge of thinking on my feet and talking about and discussing my thoughts and opinions on interesting topics with the interviewers.
"My interview day made me feel more confident that I wanted to study at Hull York Medical School. Meeting current students and taking part in a PBL session showed me more about what it would be like to study there, and I had a much better idea of what the campus was like. Hearing students talk about the course and being able to ask questions about their experience so far made me excited about the thought of studying at Hull York Medical School, and I learned a lot about the support and teaching side of the medical school from a student perspective.
"Leaving the interview, I was also a bit anxious about how I had answered the questions because I had nothing to compare it to, since it was my first medical school interview.
"On the drive home, as I thought over my answers and responses in the different interview sections I felt more relaxed - I remembered that I had been confident and given everything my best effort.
"At the end of the day, I realised I had enjoyed my interview more than I expected and it was a good experience of an interview process which I had never had before.
"One of the most important factors for me when it came to deciding which medical school I wanted to go to was whether I could see myself studying there. Talking to student ambassadors on open days and my interview day and watching videos on the Hull York Medical School website were some of the things that helped me with this.
"The style of teaching was also important - having experienced PBL sessions on the open day and in the interview gave me a taste of what it would actually be like to study there. I knew I liked the combination of lectures, smaller group sessions, anatomy and clinical skills tutorials.
"I found the most important aspect of the course was the early clinical experience in both hospitals and general practices from the first week, as communication with patients is essential in becoming a good doctor.
"The university experience was another factor that influenced my final decision – I knew that I liked both campuses and cities from visiting the Hull and York open days, and the MedSoc provides a range of opportunities to get to know the other medics, from sports to specialty-based societies.
"Being based in York, I get to be part of a college, and I have made close friends through the college societies and events in freshers’ week.
"I also get to enjoy the city of York, which is beautiful, and great for finding something to do on weekends with friends, like going to the Christmas market, as it is only a short walk or cheap bus-ride away. It is also easy to travel from York, as there are trains going to every part of the country, which is useful when I want to go home for a weekend or visit friends in different universities.
"My top tip to anyone applying would be to enjoy the experience – make the most of the opportunity to ask questions to the students and learn about what the Hull York Medical School is like from their points of view instead of just considering the ‘open day’ perspective. Interview day is as much about you getting to know more about the medical school as it is about them getting to know you.
"Also, make an effort to talk to the other interviewees, even though you might be nervous. It helped to settle my nerves before the interview, and I made friends on my interview day who I am now studying with."
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